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25 Hidden Speakeasies and Bars You Don’t Already Know About

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From hidden doorways to password-protected entrances to hidey-holes behind fake business facades, we’ve gathered our favorite speakeasies and hidden bars around the world. Whether you’re after craft cocktails in Hong Kong, lesser known bar haunts in SF or secret nightlife in Buenos Aires, here are the top 26 hidden spots you don’t already know about.
 
Reporter: Alyssa Brown | Venue: Noble Experiment
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Noble Experiment

San Diego, California
Hidden behind a stack of kegs inside a downtown San Diego restaurant, Noble Experiment retains its top-secret status and books out far in advance. Your best bet to get in and be part of the speakeasy scene? Text for entry.
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Ladies & Gents

London, United Kingdom
Craft cocktails, copper stills and bespoke spirits are what this London bar is known for. Ladies and Gents is all about small batch booze and homemade accompaniments, whether botanical or fruit-forward. If you can’t make it to the cozy underground hideaway, be sure to sign up for the gin club.
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Foxglove

Hong Kong
Disguised as a fancy umbrella shop in the heart of Hong Kong, walking into Foxglove speakeasy is like walking into a vintage first-class airplane. The interior is absolutely stunning, and getting there is only half the fun.
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Bank Bar Manila

Manila, Phillippines
A drinking den located in the heart of Manila, Bank Bar is a mainstay of the local nightlife scene. Check it out if you’re into a vintage vibe with craft cocktails and a friendly setting.
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Circa 33

Portland, Oregon
Touted as a neighborhood haunt, Circa 33 is a Portland bar with a welcoming speakeasy vibe. Head here if you’re looking for bartenders who know the history behind the cocktails they lovingly make and an ambience that anywhere besides Portland wouldn’t be as sweet.
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The Gotham Club

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s hidden bar at the AT&T Ballpark, The Gotham Club is known for being a place to hobnob with baseball’s elite. The club has two secret entrances, a bowling alley, and of course, a cocktail bar and is geared toward megafans and players of the Gothams and the Giants.
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The Violet Hour

Chicago, Illinois
A Chicago cocktail bar that’s won multiple awards, including a James Beard, The Violet Hour is *the* place to go for amazing cocktails in a great atmosphere. The entrance is marked simply by a singular, dangling lightbulb, but inside you’ll find quite the fancy establishment.
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Garage

Austin, Texas
Austin is no stranger to speakeasies, and this hidden bar is at the top of its game. Set inside a downtown parking garage, the aptly named Garage is likely to be spinning vinyl and shaking some incredible-tasting cocktail when you find your way inside. It’s secretive. It’s low-key. And it’s hard to find. What more could you want from a hidden gem?
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Jules Basement

Mexico City, Mexico
If you’re looking for a truly hidden underground scene in Mexico, head to Polanquito’s Jules Basement for a drink or to catch a show. Sip on a mezcal Negroni while hanging at the intimate vault.
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Bourbon & Branch

San Francisco, California
A former 1920s beverage parlor, Bourbon & Branch offers a modern-day glimpse at the SF speakeasy era. Just ring the buzzer for entry and whisper “books” to get in the door. You’ll never guess what you’ll find inside.

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11 / 27
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Craft cocktails hidden behind a nostalgic mercantile and apothecary? Sounds right up our alley. Seattle’s E. Smith Mercantile offers up a whole lot more than dry goods. Think lavender bitters and coconut rose milk cocktails.
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Lock & Key

Los Angeles, California
Sipping on a Naked Piña from the comfort of a plush leather seat at Lock and Key is a really good way to spend a quiet night in Los Angeles. This lesser known bar is a secret you'll certainly only want to share with one lucky person.

Justine’s Secret House

Austin, Texas
An Austin manse tucked away on East 7th Street, Justine’s Secret House is known for its under-the-radar buzz. With a New Orleans-style courtyard and plenty of amazing hideaways inside, this spot is a gorgeous destination for intimate cocktail parties.
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Honor Amongst Thieves

Phoenix, Arizona
Mixology reigns supreme at Phoenix’s Honor Amongst Thieves. The 7th Street cocktail lounge feels authentically vintage and shakes up some of the city’s best cocktails.
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No Vacancy

Los Angeles, California
Nestled in the Hotel Juniper, LA’s No Vacancy has all the liveliness of an old 1920s booze hall. These guys host plenty of cool events. Plus, they have the best dress code ever, warning against “shiny shirts,” and “loud colors.”
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La Descarga

Los Angeles, California
Encouraging upscale attire only, you can be sure that La Descarga in LA is a classy joint. With a cigar lounge and burlesque shows, this spot has a real Old Havana feel.
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Raines Law Room

New York, New York
Secrets are hard to keep in NYC, and Raines Law Room is a secret bar you’re going to want to tell all your friends about. Ring the bell for entry into the ultra-luxe lounge and don't forget to don your classiest garb.
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Floreria Atlantico

Buenos Aries, Argentina
Hidden behind the guise of a flower and wine shop, this Buenos Aires speakeasy would be a shock to stumble upon if you weren’t seeking it out. The cocktails run the gamut from Italian to French to Spanish and more, while housemade gins prove easy-drinking.
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Please Don’t Tell

New York, New York
The name says it all at this secret NYC bar. Please Don’t Tell may be trying to keep themselves on the down low, but this hotspot is anything but unknown.
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Prohibition

San Diego, California
A San Diego speakeasy you’d walk right past if you didn’t know better, Prohibition is discretely hidden behind a law office door (of Al Capone's Lawyer, no doubt). Once you make your way inside, you can expect craft cocktails and an immersive 1920s era experience.
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Le Syndicat

Paris, France
Celebrating all things French, this Parisian bar is known for its incredible cocktails, hip scene and gorgeous décor. Le Syndicat isn’t simply a speakeasy or a hidden bar, but a stunning spot to stumble into in a less appreciated neighborhood.
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Williams & Graham

Denver, Colorado
Step foot inside the bookstore corridor of Williams and Graham and you’ll soon be pushing your way through the shelves to enter this hidey-hole bar. Expect top-notch cocktails and small plates at this Denver speakeasy. The Blackberry Sage Smash is heavenly!
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Tucked away in a Shoreditch basement, this underground bar is one of London’s best hidden gems. Expect lots of candlelight, DJs spinning vinyl, flowing champagne and delish cocktails at Joyeux Bordel (“happy mess”).
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The Patterson House

Nashville, Tennessee
A house full of rules (i.e. no cell phones, no standing, no name dropping, no fighting, no creepin’), Nashville’s Patterson is a bit of an institution. With an apothecary-meets-speakeasy-meets-modern-bar vibe, this is the perfect place to get a really, really good drink in Music City.
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Hop Sing Laundromat

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Locally known as the accidental speakeasy, Hop Sing in Philly’s Chinatown is a nondescript bar hidden behind a simple metal door with a buzzer. It’s the kind of secret spot you want to keep quiet, so it’s pretty perfect for a date night or a nightcap with your nearest and dearest.
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