You don't go to New York without getting yourself a fair share of speakeasy bars. Hidden doors, dingy entrances, passwords and some of the world's best and heady cocktails. The concept of speakeasy bars began in America and New York has been in the middle of it all. But let's start with the basics.
What is a speakeasy?
Between the years 1920-1933, alcohol was banned in America. It is then that the underground (some quite literal) drinking scene took flight. Speakeasy, blind pig or blind tiger, all referred to an illegal establishment that sold alcohol. These bars were exclusive, often hidden, or concealed. Since booze was tough to get your hands on, cocktails saved the day! With flavours added on, even the bad booze, became drinkable. Sprawled all over New York, you will still find plenty of speakeasy-themed bars. Moreover, some have even been around since the Prohibition Era.