On the search for speakeasy bars? Atlanta has a few secrets to spare.
While the need for sipping spirits in a speakeasy died with the Prohibition era, the mystery and allure of a secret space to speak easy has not. Finding speakeasies in Atlanta isn’t hard, but only if you know where to look. Lucky for you, James the Bartender – who holds down the fort at Time to Escape’s Club Lucky – shared some insider’s knowledge on some Atlanta speakeasies and secret bars, and how to find them.
Our very own Speakeasy – you’ll flash back to 1929 Chicago when you step through the door into Club Lucky, the setting of Al Capone’s Speakeasy. Take on the role of any 16 characters (one of whom holds the secret to entering Club Lucky) employed as undercover detectives on the hunt for evidence to put Al Capone behind bars for good. The character role you will be assigned will have an ability and a side quest to pursue – both are designed to enhance the fun while in the Speakeasy. There, you’ll meet James, the bartender and in-room actor, who has a weak spot for wily ways and clever questions. Ask “what is Al Capone’s Favorite Drink” if you’re looking for a leg up.
This real life speakeasy is right across the street from our Downtown Atlanta Escape Room location. Find the secret phone number, and dial it in at the antique London red phone booth secret entrance. To get the entry code, you’ll either need to meet a member, or someone who knows the code to get in. The Red Phone Booth password is heavily guarded, but we’ll give you a clue… Maybe you can ask the concierge at a nearby hotel and see if they know anything about something?
Once inside, indulge in an extensive list of creative, classic craft cocktails and a carefully curated cigar program. Whiskey connoisseurs will marvel at a collection of rare bourbon, whiskey, scotch, and Japanese whisky. Try the Macallan 1824 flight, available for tastings on a daily basis.
$$. 17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. (404) 228-7528.
Step inside Bone Lick BBQ and head to the bar, but don’t stop there. Hang a left near the kitchen and take a good, long look at the bookshelf there. Maybe even give it a pull.
Edgewood Speakeasy is a 1920’s-themed secret den of drinks, DJ’s, movie nights, and vinyl nights. (They used to be in the back of the now closed Pizzeria Vesuvius, so don’t believe the naysayers who point you that way. Edgewood moved to its current hideaway in 2016.) This spot is best for folks looking for a night out dancing and indulging in creative cocktails.
$$. 327 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30321. (404) 343-4404.
Smokebelly’s BBQ bartender might know something–for a price. Password in mind, head outside and around back, where you’ll find an unmarked black door with a small pig above the frame. Ring the bell. Speak the password. And find yourself suddenly in the 1920’s.
The Blind Pig serves a signature drink menu based on classic cocktails from the Prohibition era, and array of small plates to pair. Try a drink like the Kirby — made with gin, creme de mure, lemon and egg white — or opt for a flight of bourbon shots.
$$. 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. (678) 705-7697.
There are two ways to find the entrance. One: walk in to Rev Coffee Roasters, and keep walking to the back-right of the room. You’ll see a door and a long hallway that curves to the left. Go there. And two: head down the alley next to the back parking lot, and look for the duck.
Once you’re inside, enjoy draft beers and a menu of small bites in a moody, cozy 1920’s den.
$. 3719 Main St., College Park, GA 30337.
Once inside Muss & Turner’s (one of the best deli’s in Atlanta), head toward the open prep area toward what looks like an entrance to a walk-in cooler. Head past the wine cellar, down the hallway, and into Eleanor’s, a luxe little joint.
Eleanor is much loved for her afternoon delights menu, which features a charcuterie board, popcorn, marinated olives and almonds, and chicharones.
$$. 1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite 309, Smyrna, GA 30080. (770) 434-1114.
Facing the entrance to Churchill’s British Pub, you’re far from the entrance to Supply & Demand. Go around back and down the loading dock to the unmarked door leading to an intimate 1920’s bar with a lush list of libations.
Go here for creative craft cocktails and a fine whiskey collection. (This place is known for serving Scottish whiskey by the book.) Plush, upscale, and ultra chic, Supply & Demand keeps its happenings (and celebrity sightings) way under the radar. If you want in on the scoop, mosey in on a quiet weeknight to soak up the relaxed, post-workday atmosphere.
$$$. 3223 Cains Hill Place NW, Atlanta, GA. (770) 857-3195.
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