While speakeasy bars don’t technically exist anymore in the United States, there’s many bars and establishments that pretend that they do. A speakeasy, or speakeasy bar, is an illegal location that sells alcoholic beverages. During the Prohibition era in the United States, roughly from 1920 to 1933, the buying, selling and making of alcohol was illegal throughout the country, except for the state of Maryland. This led to a rise of speakeasy bars who wished to make and sell alcohol under the radar. Let’s look at why you should visit a speakeasy bar.

5 Reasons to Visit a Speakeasy Bar for a Good Time

The alcohol

During the Prohibition Era, a variety of alcohol drinks – and moonshine – was produced you just couldn’t find anywhere else. While you can walk into a bar and order just about anything you want now, there’s some classic cocktails and drinks at a speakeasy you may not find anywhere else – even other speakeasy bars!

The ambiance

The look and feel of a speakeasy, or retro bar, is something that is just unmatched in today’s day and age. The throwback to the Prohibition Era brought beauty to even the roughest of speakeasy locations, giving them a unique look and feel you won’t find at your normal dive.

The rush

A night out at a speakeasy is something to remember. In fact, you may want to dress us for the part. Some speakeasy bars encourage it and even enforce a dress code, so you’ll want to make sure you fit in. The rush of doing something “illegal” in a bar like this is worth the effort.

The music

The music of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly the jazz that came out of the era, is incredibly moving. Speakeasy bars often promoted live music with musicians traveling from all over the country to perform under the radar during secret shows.

The culture

A speakeasy bar is going to bring you face-to-face with the culture of an era that hasn’t been forgotten. The drinks, the atmosphere, the music, and more bring you into the 1920s and 1930s like nothing else out there.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable night on the town, visit a speakeasy bar and experience all it has to offer.