New York, New York Guide (B): The 12 Speakeasies You Shall Not Miss in Manhattan

The 12 Speakeasies You Shall Not Miss in Manhattan

Speakeasies were secret and hidden bars where the people in the knowledge were able to go to have a drink during the Prohibition years, which began in 1920 and ended in 1933. During that time, the manufacture, sale, and even transportation of alcoholic beverages was declared illegal throughout the United States.

By the end of the 30’s there were more than 30,000 speakeasies in New York City selling illegal alcoholic beverages.

Those original speakeasies had little in common with today’s trendy and luxury ones. In fact, they usually were just hidden rooms or small places with a few bottles of barely drinkable home-made spirits.

Anyway, that old-timey feeling of exclusivity and secrecy had found its way into our days thanks to a few places that started a couple of decades ago to recreate that ambiance including details like the hidden entrances, wood and vintage décor, and a smart variety of drinks.

The success of those pioneers led to the new breed of speakeasies that has arised during the last decade.

Even when most of those exclusive locals have websites and Twitter accounts, they’re still disguised or concealed, so the hard part is finding these hidden hotspots. This time I’ll do all the work for you.

The renowned (thus not-secret-at-all)

Please Don’t Tell

This supposedly “secret” bar is now one of the most famous in the world.

Anyway, it is actually hidden behind a phone booth in Crif Dogs, so it still retains some of the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The 12 Speakeasies You Shall Not Miss in Manhattan
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Crif Dogs   The Back Room   Death & Co.   Raines Law Room   Angel’s Share   Employees Only   Apotheke   Attaboy   The Garret   Dear Irving   Decibel   Sakagura  
Author: Hugo Huertas
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