New York City’s 10 Best Speakeasies (10 to 6)
Speakeasies were prevalent in New York City during prohibition. Today most of the speakeasies are newly opened places that mimic the feel of original speakeasies. The modern New York City speakeasy is defined as an unmarked bar with a mixologist, not a bartender, focusing on high quality drink ingredients and exotic cocktails. The setting is usually cozy and often requires a reservation. New York City speakeasies are perfect settings for an intimate date. Many are private rooms requiring entry via intercom or a secret passageway. Bring your stack of cash drinks range from 11 to 20 dollars.
10. Smith and Mills. 71 N Moore Street, between Greenwich Street & Hudson Street, TriBeCa. The decor is old school with a large booth seat and chairs in this old horse stable converted into cozy speakeasy. The bathroom is a former European elevator cage and one of the coolest in New York City. Serves food cooked feet away. Cash only.
9. Employees Only. 510 Hudson Street, West Village. Come for dinner, the latenight menu, or just for their drinks. Try the West Side after a hot summer day.
8. Little Branch. 102 Norfolk Street, between Delancey Street & Rivington Street, LES. Another unmarked entrance door for Little Branch. Lines form early, only a few people fit inside. Possibily the smallest speakeasy in the Manhattan.
7. Elsa. 217 E 3rd Street, East Village. The beer tap at Elsa is made from an old time sewing machine. Try the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA on draught. Simple bench style booth seating.
6. PDT – Please Don’t Tell. 113 St. Marks Place, East Village. This is the best entry for any New York City speakeasy. Go into Crif Dogs eat a hot dog and see if you can figure it out. To ensure entry make reservations.