During the early 20th century, underground establishments started popping up in major cities with one purpose in mind—undermine the Prohibition. These speakeasies became icons of the time, revered by the everyman and shunned by the law. Though that period has long since passed, there was a certain alluring mystique to the speakeasy that we cling to.
And it’s that ambiance that has resulted in several speakeasies popping up all over Las Vegas.
Alcohol is in no short supply in Sin City, and casual bars aren’t limited to who or what they can serve. But these speakeasies offer a link to the past and a unique space to enjoy the once-illicit libations.
To help you find the right for you, we’re going back to a simpler age with this list of the best speakeasy bars in Las Vegas.
Beauty & Essex
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Described as having a “speakeasy-like setting,” Beauty & Essex absolutely does capture the old-school charm of these hidden establishments. Rich furnishings and gaudy decor pull you into another time as you kick back and enjoy the very-legal libations of the 21st century.
It’s nice to have a little something to soak up those cocktails, and Beauty & Essex features a sizable menu of high-end plates like a dry-aged bone-in New York strip and quick bites like the Thai style deep-friend shrimp.
Pair your decadent dessert with a fitting liquor to finish the night off well.
Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
It’s not a coincidence that two of Las Vegas’ best speakeasies are tucked away in The Cosmopolitan. The resort exudes that 1930’s style, which carries over into the unique space of this themed speakeasy.
Tucked behind the facade of a functional barbershop, this speakeasy is the epitome of timeless.
Knock back as much as you can handle, much like they did when alcohol was a rare commodity, and get a feel for what it was like to live through the Prohibition.
Minus the fear of incarceration. Enjoy a barbershop cut the way they used to do it and dip into the hidden space where the real fun unfolds.
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The Laundry Room
Location: Commonwealth, 525 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
In their hayday, speakeasies were an exclusive spot reserved for those with the proper connections.
Today’s iteration is a little more inclusive, but as The Laundry Room shows, there’s still an aura of that division. The difference is this time, the only barrier to entry is ensuring you have a reservation.
If you land a reservation to this swanky establishment, you’ll enjoy a menu of 27 signature cocktails as the pianist fills the room with the gentle sounds of yesteryear.
Like the speakeasies of yore, The Laundry Room is just big enough for 22 people, so be sure to book your spot ahead of time to avoid missing out on this opulent escape into the past.
1923 Prohibition Bar
Location: The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
The name says it all for this chique establishment. If you’re not a VIP and on this speakeasies exclusive list, you may need to wait outside the door. But it’s definitely worth it.
1923 Prohibition Bar is big on private events, so if you’re looking for a space for you’re upcoming corporate gathering or birthday party, you may want to consider the establishment’s private whiskey tastings.
The menu at 1923 Prohibition Bar is a healthy mix of old-fashioned favorites and some twists on iconic libations.
There’s an expansive selection of bourbons, ryes, and whiskey to choose from or a vault of limited edition creations. 1923 Prohibition Bar is not short on beverages that really drive home that speakeasy vibe.
The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery
Location: The Mob Museum
In Downtown Las Vegas, the Mob Museum tells stories of the city’s most iconic mobsters. They’re the men that built the city, laying the framework for what it is today.
Tucked away in the depths of this speakeasy, a recreation of the real establishments that housed the illicit alcohol once banned across the United States. It may be a little touristy and geared toward entertainment, but you can still enjoy yourself in this speakeasy-styled bar and distillery.
To gain entry without purchasing access to the Mob Museum, you’ll need to provide the password, found conveniently on the museum’s official website.
With the right password, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink menu that includes moonshine, mixed cocktails, or straight up hard liquor on the rocks. Should the mood strike, The Underground also has a menu of small bites like pretzels, hummus, and a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.