In New York City, there are many hidden treasures to be discovered; all you have to do is know where to search. While there are many speakeasies in the city, we’ve whittled it down to the top 12. So here are some of our favorite places that we believe everyone should see at least once, ranging from back rooms in the 1920s to modern renditions of what a speakeasy was like during the Prohibition period.
Address: 134 Eldridge St.
The pub on 134 Eldridge Street, formerly known as Milk & Honey, has been renamed Attaboy since 2012. With no cocktail menu to choose from, you’ll have to tell the bartender what you’re looking for and trust that they’ll make you the ideal drink.
Address: 8 Stuyvesant St.
Angel’s Share, a particular favorite, is hidden behind an unmarked wooden door within Village Yokocho, an East Village Japanese restaurant. The Firebird and the Night Train are two drinks worth trying. To enter, take the steps up to the restaurant and look to your left for a wooden door.
Address: 70 W 36th St.
Bo Peep is a cocktail and piano bar with lots of red velvet chairs, paying tribute to the tailor’s fitting room that used to be here. The bar was built from a tailor’s table, and they offer up quirky drinks like “Foxy Lady,” “Sailor Beware,” and “Some Like it Hot.”
Address: 27-24 Jackson Ave
Although this Long Island City pub isn’t precisely secret, it exudes the same speakeasy atmosphere as the others on our list. While sipping on one of their quirky drinks, such as the Tiger Chilled Coffee, write on the blackboard bartop (made with dark rum, Jamaican rum, cold brew coffee, allspice liqueur, cinnamon syrup, absinthe, with a float of sweet whipped cream). This bar is located just under the neon light that reads “BAR.”
Address: 510 Hudson St.
Employees Only is a speakeasy in the West Village concealed beneath a psychic’s reading room. Head to the bar for a drink (and some food, too). You won’t run out of things to try on their cocktail menu, which is longer than most speakeasies. Look for a neon sign that reads “PSYCHIC,” which refers to a tarot card reader, and enter the pub via the curtain entry.
Address: 315 7th Avenue
Of all, the mystery of speakeasies is part of their attraction, but have you ever thought that you may be missing one every time you use the subway? Yes, La Noxe is concealed behind an unassuming door at the 28th St. metro station. Guests have immediately swept away into a hidden realm that has been right under their nose…and their city…once they are discovered.
Address: 1707 2nd Avenue
This may seem like a cute ice cream store, but it’s a fantastic clandestine cocktail bar hidden behind an ice cream carton door! These beverages are guaranteed to amaze with elegant glassware, New York-themed names, and ice cream-inspired cocktails.
Address: 49 West 27th St.
At day, Patent Coffee is a local café, but it turns into a gloomy, candle-lit deception by night. Patent Pending, a fancy speakeasy in an old basement of the Radio Wave Building, is hidden behind an inconspicuous rear door. The speakeasy has a radio motif to fit the building’s history, and the drinks are divided into four categories: Energy, Frequency, Vibration, and Descent.
Address: 48 West 17th St.
Raines Legislation Room is a fancy bar with hundreds of cocktail choices named after an 1896 law that sought to prohibit drinking in New York. You’ll have to pay attention to the address since it’s concealed behind a plain black door.
Address: 252 Front St, New York
Disguised as a bodega, The Little Shop hides a full cocktail bar and lounge inside the structure. Enter via the rear sliding door into an unusual room with antique furnishings and maximalist wallpaper. Order drinks and stops by the bodega for some chips and sweets on your way out!
Address: 102 Norfolk St.
According to its website, The Back Room has been operating since the Roaring Twenties and was a speakeasy frequented by many stars and gangsters of the period. Use the same secret entryway that Bugsy Siegel and others used to get in. Once you’re inside, you’ll be transported back in time to see what it was like to drink during the Prohibition period.
Address: 296 Bleecker St.
Walk to the hidden stairway in the rear of a Five Guys to discover this second-story secret bar! You won’t be disappointed with their cocktails like the Refinery 63 with Singani 63, Mezcal, Passionfruit, Fermented Pineapple, Lime or The First Lady with Gin, Combier, Matcha Green Tea, Lemon, Egg White, and Fresh Basil, which are served in one of the city’s three Garett Bars.