“If you have found a beautiful secret place, think a thousand times to tell it to someone else because every great beauty has one big enemy: To be discovered!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
In the early ’90s, alcohol consumption was prohibited in New York, a trend that ended in 1933. Despite this monumental end, some bars did not come to light but continued their operations from the exact locations, but some became popular.
Even though the prohibition era is long gone, nothing feels good than the thrill of enjoying a glass of your favorite drink from a secret bar. Despite the bright lights, New York City hides a lot of gems within its walls.
Currently, these secret spots are slowly becoming trendy. I’ve compiled a list of 12 speakeasies in New York City you need to know if you’re a fan of secrecy. Stick around.
Top-rated Speakeasy bars NYC
134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002,
Attaboy is a bar hidden in the plain sight of an obscure bit of Eldridge Street. The beauty sits in the former Milk and Honey, owned by Michael Mcllroy and his partner Sam Ross.
You could be forgiven for thinking this bar has forever stood there. Anchored by steel bars, its interior wears an old-time look, bringing back the old memories. It has plenty of old-time tipples.
Finding this bar is hard for many drinkers, but you now have the address to its location. If you’re the kind that values secrecy, this might become your New York’s favorite point.
The bar operates on a first-come, first-served basis for parties of six or fewer people. If you’re a party animal, you can contact them for a temporary arrangement.
You have to tell the bartenders the cocktails you want since there’s no menu to pick from.
Attaboy opens from 6 pm to 4 am daily, and there are no reservations. Takeout and delivery options are also available.
2. The Back Room
102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002,
Phone: +1 212-228-5098
The backroom has been there since the time of prohibition. It is one of the only two bars in the city that fought from way back during the ban and stood the test of time. The speakeasy is a timeless example of New York’s past.
If you love to enjoy your good time at a secret location, visit the back room and use the same entrance used 85 years ago. Here you’ll enjoy your cocktail from a teacup as people used to do during the prohibition time.
The bar features 1920s decor pieces making it a perfect setting for dates and events such as birthday parties, film shoots, or a cozy night out with friends. You should not thread it, though; it no longer hosts gangsters.
The bar opens everyday at 6pm.
3. La Noxe
315 7th Ave Entrance at 162 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001,
Phone: +1 917-477-3103
Like other speakeasies, it’ll take you some time to explore La Noxe. Tucked inside the 28th street subway station, La Noxe is New York’s most exclusive speakeasy you’d want to try. Unlike during those days, this bar is now open to the public.
La Noxe is one of the most comfortable bars as the owner books up to only 80% complete at night, leaving room for friends and passersby who would wish to enjoy a glass or two of their monumental cocktail.
4. Angel’s Share, East Village
8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003,
Phone: +1 212-777-5415
The Angels Share, a cozy atmosphere hidden behind unmarked doors in the East Village Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho. The bar features unique drinks such as the Flirtibird, or the night train, each with many categories worth trying.
It has some of the highest quality drinks and is a real gem for NYC drinkers. The standards set in this great point make it even more attractive; no groupings of more than four, no standing or shouting.
These rules are highly regarded, so you better be warned, don’t think you can squeeze yourself into a team of your long-time friends to make it five, no.
The stylish decor there blends nicely with the speakeasy vibe, making it up for the small space. On some busy days, though, you might have to wait longer to secure a seat, but the wait is worth it, especially if you want to impress a date.
Angel’s Share is open seven days of the week; Sunday to Thursday from 6 pm to 12 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 1 pm.
5. Bo Peep, Midtown South
70 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
Phone: +1 917-261-5495
Bo Peep, a cocktail and a piano bar, is hosted in one of the most iconic buildings of New York City. It’s among the most coveted drinkers’ choices located at The RagTrader Restaurant in a place that used to house an old garment factory.
This establishment that has journeyed for many years features old classic interiors of top gold panels on the doorways, tables, and unsophisticated furniture.
If music falls within your menu, this is the place to look for. The bar serves cocktails with funny names such as “Some Like It Hot,” “Foxy Lady,” “Sailor Beware,” and many more.
Bo Peep is open on Sunday & Monday 11:30am-12am, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-1am and Friday & Saturday 11:30am-2am.
6. Patent Pending
49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
Phone: +1 212-689-4002
Hiding behind a casual door, Patent Pending is an outstanding coffee cafe that transforms into a classic speakeasy once it’s dark. During the day, the shop offers coffee, teas, cold brew, and other drinks with bites like cookies, croissants, and all the pastries you can recall.
The place becomes completely different from 5 pm. Its interior takes a radio theme complementing the history of the building hosting it.
To gain access into the speakeasy, you’d use a buzzer just outside the coffee shop, after which the dim lights guide you right to the secret door at the back end of the shop.
Patent Pending menu is categorized into four; Frequency Energy, Vibration, and lastly, descent. These categories are partly inspired by the electric theme and partly by Nikola Tesla, who once lived and worked in the building.
This outstanding speakeasy offers walk-in seating daily on a first-come, first-served basis from 5 pm to 2 am, with reservations being optional.
45 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: +1 929-777-1388
To find a bar with food and drinks at the same time is a real thrill. But wait, how about a combination of glasses and games? This is Basement.
Once you enter a door that disguises as coca-cola, you’ll find a part of it is a bar, and the other part is a games center.
Inspired by hong kong games, Basement has minimalist tables, dim lights, and numerous games. The games you’ll find include beer pong and darts, dice, and cards you can play with your friends.
Besides the games, the bar features a signature in-house cocktail menu that is seasonal and unique. Such cocktails include Chinatown Old Fashion involving Hibiki Whisky infused with popcorn, HK Milk Punch, and the Shanghai Mule.
This place is just an experience and not only a bar. You can try it. Its doors are open daily- Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-2am, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-4am,and they also take reservations.
8. Little Branch
20 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Phone: +1 212-929-4360
Little Branch is one of the early pioneers of the speakeasy scene. Finding it is a challenge but worth it. However, it’s more accessible than its founder bar, Milk and Honey.
Its door is painted maroon, and you’d always find a soldier seated next to it; I can call this a landmark.
This gem found a hiding place down a flight of stairs on West Village corners. Little Branch is warmer and cozier than its “mother.”
The bar seats a minimum capacity- first-come, first-served basis- making it suitable for a date or a few people groups. Sometimes, this speakeasy features live jazz, making it the main reason you want to be there. At times, they accompany the music with a little bit of piano.
Little BranchBranch is open daily from 7 pm to 3 am, except for Sundays, when it closes at 2 am.
9. Brooklyn Social
335 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231,
Phone: +1 718-858-7758
Brooklyn Social is a charming bar that bears the old looks with a fresh quality. This gem is located at the heart of Brooklyn downtown, in the former Society Riposto, which was a private club. It opened its doors to the public back in 2004.
The bar features some classic drinks serving drinkers from the Park Slope, Red Hook, and Carroll Gardens. Its history points to Italian American roots, manifested by its decadent Italian cocktails.
Anytime you enter this speakeasy, you’ll notice the pictures of the original members dating back to 1920’s. This, on its own, is a monumental attraction in this cozy secret bar.
10. Please Don’t Tell
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
Please Don’t Tell is one of the stylish and relaxed speakeasies in New York, hidden in MO Bar and whose door is in a secret phone booth.
The bar welcomes you with its leather booths and plenty of space where you can relax and enjoy one of its classy drinks.
The signature quality cocktails in this bar are courtesy of Jim Meehan, the former mixologist of the Pegu Club.
PDT is graced by knowledgeable and most responsible staff who make reservations much easier. However, you might have to wait for some time before you find a seat.
Reservations are available seven days in advance. The number of people is restricted to groups of four or less due to limited space.
11. Dear Irving
55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003,
Dear Irving is one of the perfect speakeasies in the city of New York. Graced with an upscale lounge full of vintage vibe makes it ideal for events.
This bar has two location points, one at Gramercy and the other on the Hudson. Both locations are expensive and have all details brought into a luxuriously perfect environment.
With its decor inspired by Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’, you can enjoy your favorite drinks traveling from room to room with perfect freedom.
The speakeasy is suitable for private events of between 25 and 100 people. You can book for parties and any event from the bar’s Gramercy branch.
It’s open from Monday to Wednesday(5pm-1am), Thursday and Friday (5pm-2am), Saturday (4pm-2am), and Sunday from (4pm-1am).
12. Raines Law Room
48 W 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
The Law Room speakeasy is located in Chelsea. It was jokingly named after a 19th-century law intended to fight against alcoholism. It features a decoratively covered VIP area, posh furniture, and a tin ceiling.
The bar has another branch at the William Hotel. The Chelsea club is favorable for private events, but you need bookings because this club is a popular hangout that attracts a vast number of clients.
The law room is open Monday to Wednesday 5pm-1am, Thursday &Friday 5pm-2am, Saturday 4pm-2am, and Sunday 4pm-1am.
The club is also open for reservations from Monday through Saturday but they encourage walk-ins. It accepts parties for up to 8 people.
Secrecy has recently become the order of the day. Enjoying your favorite drinks after a long day of work from a private point is breathtaking, not to mention the thrill of partying with your few friends over the weekend.
If you value your privacy as I do, you must be in love with New York’s speakeasies.
Did you enjoy going through the above list of speakeasies? Let me know in the comment section. However, the above list consists of just a few speakeasies in the city. If you know some missing in my list, you’re free to add some in the comment section..