In the United State alcohol was made illegal from 1920-1933. During this time, know as prohibition, there were a number of speakeasies that served alcohol illegally. They were known as speakeasies because patrons needed to keep their existence on the down low, and they usually had a secret entrance and/or password required to enter. I was able to visit an original speakeasy that is still open in New York City. Although alcohol is currently legal in most parts of the world, some bars have brought back the concept of secret bars and opened them up to many parts of the world. I have visited hidden bars in places around the world, from Chicago to Montreal to Berlin. Barcelona also has some of these clandestine bars, and here are a few I have been able to visit:
Rooftop Smokehouse is one of the best places to get a deli-style sandwich in Barcelona, but they have a not so well kept secret inside their location in the El Born neighborhood. If you enter through what appears to be the door to the refrigerator, it opens up into one of the best bars in Barcelona. Unfortunately the secret has gotten out a bit and there will usually be a line and a wait to get in (which takes away from the fun of the speakeasy a bit), but once inside the taste of the drinks and their presentation are both world class. Their glasses are custom made to fit the unique style of their different drinks. They even have an extra secret room inside the speakeasy that you can access by renting it out for a few hundred euros, or if you happen to be lucky enough to be there when it is unoccupied they might let you in for a bit.
It may look like a barber shop, but I was told that they only cut hair there in “emergency” situations to maintain their cover. A password is required to enter, which can be found on their social media pages and changes monthly. After successfully delivering the password, a hidden door will open and lead into an excellent bar with tasty drinks with great presentation.
Tuxedo Social Club-
Tuxedo Social Club list their GPS coordinates on their webpage, but not their address. A membership card is required to enter, but you can sign up for a free membership on their website. Once you’ve registered, you can find the bookshelves on a small street near the Santa Caterina market and enter through them. There are a few rules to maintain the vibe of the speakeasy, so phone calls, photos, loitering at the entrance, an impoliteness are not permitted.
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