Las Vegas has always been known for wild times and spending a night in a speakeasy bar adds to the mystique when the Mob was a big part of the United States. From 1920 to 1933, the making, transporting and serving of alcohol was illegal in the United States but that didn’t stop ingenious entrepreneurs and the drinking public. Nondescript buildings with bouncers requiring a password or “juice” became the nightclub of the times. Speakeasy bars imply a forbidden activity involving the creation and imbibing cocktails with several bars in contemporary Las Vegas continuing this ritual.
Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy
5675 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

(702) 364-2276

There will be no spoiler alert, but Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy truly takes the experience to a new level. Be prepared after parking to be transported to the Prohibition era. The entire décor and wait staff is also adds to the ambiance and the feeling one has walked into a time machine. There are no surprises when it comes to the selection of wines and cocktails available and made by the knowledgeable bartenders. The establishment been a staple in Las Vegas for years and is often referred to as “The Original Las Vegas Speakeasy.”

The Laundry Room
525 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 701-1466

The Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas is the hip bar of urbanites. Hidden within its confines is The Laundry Room, a speakeasy where no photography is allowed and patrons are only allowed to stay for two hours. The intimate 28-seat room is marked with a laundry pin on the outside. As for the menu, only cocktails are offered with no beer or wine allowed. How the cocktails are created is to tell the bartender what spirit is enjoyed and they will create something to drink. A specialty menu is also available with a wide variety of cocktails to enjoy.

Herbs And Rye
3713 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 982-8036

Herbs and Rye embraces the past first with its nondescript building and deserted parking lot during the day, but beginning at 5 p.m. until late into the night, this drinking establishment is serving cocktails made with recipes from the 19th and 20th century with attention to detail. Specialty drinks include Brandy Crusta created with a recipe from 1930, Mint Julep from a recipe found from 1803 and a Frisco found in a book printed in 1907. Combine drinks with a long bar, cozy booths and low lighting for capturing that speakeasy attitude.

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Downtown Cocktail Room
111 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 880-3696

The first test is finding and opening the door to the Downtown Cocktail Room hidden in a converted office building next to an alley. After walking inside the red-hued space (including red lights), comfortable seating, low bars with the room divided by sheer drapes; next is ordering the perfect cocktail. Old school classics include Pilgram Punch and Side Car with several rumors on how it got its name. The most famous is Harry’s Bar in Paris in the 1930s where an American soldier supposedly arrived on motorcycle with a sidecar and ordered this cocktail. Live entertainment and DJs add to its underground feel.

The Blind Pig
Panorama Towers
4515 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 430-4444

Another slang for speakeasy is blind pig and The Blind Pig seeks to recreate the retro feel with its bar and drinks menu. Handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and a nice selection of wine are featured in a dark but elegant lounge with the pig décor to a minimum. The Blind Pig cocktail is sweet combination of mixture of raspberry vodka, Grand Marnier, lime juice and orange angostura. Mom’s apple pie blends Angry Orchard cider, Barrett’s ginger beer and Fireball foam. While out of the way in a luxury high-rise, consider this an homage to speakeasies with a 21st century appeal.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (37 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on