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Top 20 Speakeasies in NYC You Didn’t Know About

Speakeasies are a throwback to the prohibition era of the United States. During prohibition, alcohol was illegal, so illegal bars had to operate with discretion. Illegal bars earned the name “speakeasies” because you had to smooth talk your way to getting them to open the door.

gorgeous bar interior of speakeasy in NYC

Even though alcohol is now legal in the United States, many speakeasy-style bars have stayed in business and continue to attract crowds of people looking for a good time.

Speakeasies in NYC are considered some of the best in the United States for their quality, unique ambiance, and bartending.


Attaboy

134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
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Attaboy is in a former industrial warehouse with a rough-looking exterior. The exterior hides an innovative and fun cocktail bar that serves new-age cocktails and all the classics.

They are known for having fun bartenders and excellent customer service, making them one of the best speakeasies in NYC.


Keys & Heels

1488 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
Phone: (917) 557-0217
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Keys & Heels is a speakeasy located in the Upper East Side of NYC. This bar has a cozy and intimate setting, dim lighting, leather couches, and a speakeasy vibe.

The bartenders are skilled mixologists and make some of the best cocktails in NYC. They also have a great selection of beer, wines, and delicious bar food. If you are looking for a fun speakeasy in NYC, Keys & Heels is in for you.


Dear Irving Gramercy

55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 533-4466
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Entering Dear Irving Gramercy is like stepping into a time machine. When you walk in, it is like you are sitting in a cocktail parlor from the 1920s. The venue is decidedly upscale, as are the drinks and food.

The bartenders are highly skilled and know all the classic cocktails and new concoctions. The speakeasy vibe of Dear Irving Gramercy makes it one of the best bars in NYC.


Karasu

166 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 488-7800
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Karasu is a speakeasy in Brooklyn known for its Japanese-inspired cocktails and Japanese bar snacks and dishes. Their drinks are carefully crafted, focusing on fresh ingredients that pair well with food.

The speakeasy atmosphere is intimate and cozy, and the service is impeccable. If you are looking for an upscale speakeasy experience in NYC, Karasu is the place to go.


Little Branch

20 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 929-4360
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LB is an iconic speakeasy in NYC due to its unique underground location and incredible decor. The speakeasy is underneath the lobby of an old hotel, and you have to walk through a long hallway to find it.

The menu is vast, and there are many cocktails that I had never seen before. There is also often live music to accompany your cocktail.


Peachy’s

5 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 355-8693
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If you are in the Chinese Tuxedo restaurant and carving an after-dinner drink, head to Peachy’s.

Peachy’s is a chic lounge under the restaurant that serves craft cocktails made by some of the best mixologists in Chinatown. The decor is stylish with a funky, retro vibe.


Apotheke Chinatown

9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 406-0400
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Apotheke in Chinatown is a speakeasy with an exclusive, hidden entrance. The bar has an intimate speakeasy vibe with dim lighting and plush couches.

The cocktails at Apotheke are crafted by expert mixologists and focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Apotheke has an interesting twist because the mixologists are in pharmacist-style garb.


Fig. 19

131 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (646) 389-4544
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Fig. 19 has one of the coolest entryways of any speakeasy in NYC. To get to Fig. 19, you enter a functioning art gallery. The 19th display is the entryway to the bar.

Behind the door is an intimate and chandelier-lit hideaway that is perfect for a date night. The cocktails constantly rotate; if you are unsure of what you want, you can trust the mixologists.


La Noxe

315 7th Ave Entrance at 162 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (917) 477-3103
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La Noxe is a speakeasy in Chelsea that blends the old speakeasy vibe with modern decor and cocktails. The drinks are carefully crafted and focus on unique flavors, fresh ingredients, and new techniques to create incredible craft cocktails.

La Noxe has an extensive beer and wine list as well. They also serve delicious tapas. La Noxe is perhaps my favorite speakeasy in NYC.


NOTHING REALLY MATTERS

IN THE SUBWAY, 210 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019
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Nothing Really Matters is literally in a subway station. Despite its unassuming location, Nothing Really Matters is one of the best speakeasy bars in NYC.

The speakeasy is dimly lit, and the drinks are expertly crafted and made with fresh ingredients. In addition to the great cocktails, the live music is an excellent addition.


Patent Pending

49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 689-4002
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After grabbing a cup of coffee at Patent Coffee, open a hidden door to the dimly lit Patent Pending. This speakeasy is a favorite among locals because of its unique cocktails and intimate atmosphere.

The speakeasy has an old-school vibe. I enjoyed my time at this speakeasy, and I love the electric theme.


Please Don’t Tell

113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 614-0386
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When you enter Please Don’t Tell, you will feel like Superman. The entryway is in an old phone booth in the Crif Dogs bar next door.

The cocktails are novel, and I didn’t recognize any on the menu. The unique menu makes for an exciting evening.


PS at Pine & Polk

300 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 599-6382
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PS at Pine & Polk is one of the best-kept secrets in NYC. Walking through the secret door, you are transported back to the Roaring 20s with quiet conversation, dim lights, and the perfect venue for a romantic outing.

The speakeasy serves expertly crafted cocktails, and the menu changes seasonally to keep things interesting.


The Garret

296 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (917) 398-2354
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This speakeasy has a mellow vibe but with modern decor and the latest in speakeasy craft cocktails. The speakeasy is known for its incredible Old Fashioned and welcoming crowd.

The best part of this speakeasy is that you can order Five GUys burgers from the restaurant below it.


Raines Law Room Chelsea

48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (646) 837-6776
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Raines Law Room Chelsea leans into the prohibition theme more than any other speakeasy in NYC. You must ring a bell and wait for the doorkeeper to gain entrance.

Once you are inside, all the cocktails are from the Prohibition era. This speakeasy is the perfect date spot for a night of old-school ambiance and incredible drinks.


The Little Shop

252 Front St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 360-4650
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I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to The Little Shop. I highly encourage you to come in the morning and enjoy their incredible breakfast and then return in the evening to enjoy their unique cocktails.

Seeing the venue’s transformation between morning and evening is quite exciting.


J.Bespoke

121 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 213-2931
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If you are looking for a laidback spot to catch the games with your friends, head to J. Bespoke.

This speakeasy has an impressive menu of craft cocktails and a lively atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind after work. The venue and environment are perfect for watching the big game.


The Raines Law Room at The William

24 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (646) 837-6776
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Check out the Raines Law Room if you find yourself at The William Hotel. This chic cocktail bar has a retro library vibe that will make you feel more competent as soon as you enter it.

It is a perfect venue for an intimate conversation due to the low lighting and the comfortable couches.


Basement

45 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (929) 777-1388
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If you want to try the best speakeasy in NYC, stop by Basement. Unlike other speakeasies, Basement prioritizes music. Each night outstanding techno DJs are playing on one of the best sound systems in NYC.


Apotheke NoMad

9 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 842-1632
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If you are looking for a speakeasy with a twist, head to Apotheke NoMad. This speakeasy serves molecular mixology, a type of cocktail that features unique ingredients and is mixed with the help of laboratory equipment.


Final Thoughts

Whether you are looking for a speakeasy with fantastic craft cocktails and live music or one that transports you back to the Roaring 20s, there is something for everyone in NYC’s best speakeasies.

What’s your favorite speakeasy in NYC? Let us know in the comments below.


Best Speakeasies in NYC

  1. Attaboy
  2. Keys & Heels
  3. Dear Irving Gramercy
  4. Karasu
  5. Little Branch
  6. Peachy’s
  7. Apotheke Chinatown
  8. Fig. 19
  9. La Noxe
  10. NOTHING REALLY MATTERS
  11. Patent Pending
  12. Please Don’t Tell
  13. PS at Pine & Polk
  14. The Garret
  15. Raines Law Room Chelsea
  16. The Little Shop
  17. J.Bespoke
  18. The Raines Law Room at The William
  19. Basement
  20. Apotheke NoMad

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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