Enjoying a night out can come in a variety of ways. Some individuals look forward to partying in a crowded nightclub, standing in VIP, and taking multiple shots. Others look for a bit more intimacy with a lounge where they can sit down, and take in some drinks and food, all while enjoying conversations with friends or strangers. Another venue has returned from the past to take a place in today’s nightlife industry. While it may have never been completely gone, the speakeasy is back as a popular attraction for cities throughout the country and beyond.
Understanding a speakeasy is rather simple. There was a time when alcohol, smoking, and everything else “enjoyable” was considered a detriment to society. While the US Government attempted to regulate them all out of existence, this pushed those who provided and enjoyed those activities underground. That led to the establishment of speakeasies, hidden bars, and nightclubs that patrons could access with a hidden password or knowing the right people. Those establishments are back and becoming more of a staple in today’s nightlife.
In today’s world speakeasies are in a different place than their first introduction decades ago. Now, they are not hidden away out of necessity, but to make them more of an attraction based on the “exclusivity” that today’s patron seeks. People want to appear special, whether it is for their confidence or the boost of endorphins that come when posting on social media. Doing so from an establishment that they know and others don’t is the perfect way to do that.
Speakeasies are hidden in several different places. Take Capo Deli in Washington, DC. This is a popular club that you can find in the freezer of a sandwich shop. Or Laundry Room in Las Vegas, this is a speakeasy that is located in a popular dance spot in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Speakeasies can pop up almost anywhere and that is what makes them so interesting to the growing fan base.
If you’re going out there are several ways you can enjoy your night. Speakeasies are a popular option for the veterans of the nightlife world. Look around your city and check out the hidden experiences right in front of your face.