26 Secret Bars and Speakeasies. Speakeasies, also called blind pigs or blind tigers, are illegal places to get alcoholic drinks. These underground bars became popular in the United States during Prohibition, which lasted from the early '20s up to the mid-'30s. Illicit clubs such as these were a great place for gangsters, flapper girls, and people who just love to drink to go out and have a good time without worrying about the law.
Secret bars and speakeasies mostly vanished after Prohibition ended, with the term now being used to describe bars with an early 1900s or vintage-style theme decorating the space. Nowadays, even when bars are “hidden” it’s easy to find them because of social media. Most of the time, these secret bars are attached to a restaurant or are in the basement of a hotel. Some of them even used to be real speakeasies!
The secret's out on the best places to grab a drink under-the-radar. Some of the hidden bars and secret speakeasies on this list require a password, some need you to have a key, and others are so hard to find that the journey to the front door is your key to get in! One thing’s for sure, watering holes like this are a ton of fun and usually have unique cocktails you’ve never heard of before.
So go ahead and make a reservation, scope out the destination, and double check the password. You don't want to be sent home looking like an obvious tourist. The Prohibition era may have ended in 1933, but the speakeasy vibe remains alive and well for these 26 secret bars from across the country.