During the Prohibition era of U.S. history, speakeasys were nightclubs that sold illicit liquor. Often run by the mob and housed in secret locations, these early 20th century saloons have taken on a life and mystique of their own. If you’re nostalgic for this by-gone era, consider visiting one of the eight best speakeasies in Nevada below for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Death and Taxes Provisions and Spirits in Reno, Nevada, is known for their fresh artisanal cocktails “made with seasonal ingredients, house-made syrups, and infusions as well as a rotating wine and craft beer selection.” In addition to a hip spot to spend some time, they offer regularly scheduled classes, including Cocktails 101, Bourbon 101, and private classes.
Elbow Room updates the speakeasy vibe to modern-day aesthetics. They offer “all types of music, gaming, and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere” in which to enjoy a drink. If you’re looking for a more traditional speakeasy experience, there may be other options on the list that fit, but if you’re looking for the feel of a speakeasy with the amenities you’re used to out of a modern dive, this is your spot.
Capo’s Speakeasy is a throwback to the Chicago mob-inspired bars of yesteryear. Stop in for nightly live entertainment, Italian steakhouse cuisine, and Al Capone’s real family secret sauce. For mobster-era lovers, you won’t do better than Capo’s.
1923 Bourbon Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada styles itself as a “modern speakeasy.” This hidden bar is located underneath Mandalay Bay, accessible only to those that know to look. What says speakeasy more than that?
1864 Tavern in Reno, Nevada stands as a celebration and testament to Nevada’s storied history. As their website states, it was in 1864 that “President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Nevada as the 26th state to join the Union.” The Tavern pays homage to the state’s history while providing a historic yet modern, speakeasy experience.
The Laundry Room is a prohibition-themed speakeasy that can only be reached by text. That’s right. The only way to get into The Laundry Room is to text 702-701-1466 with a detailed reservation request and await further instructions. How cool is that?
The Red Dog Saloon is situated in the same building as the Comstock House of 1863. Today, it is a local favorite watering hole with live music, food, and drink. Take part in the rich lineage of Virginia City by visiting the Red Dog.
Since 1876, the Bucket of Blood Saloon has stood in the same spot and represents the old west better than just about any other standing monument today. Despite its historic status, the Bucket of Blood is a working saloon and speakeasy, with live music, parades, drinks and food. Next time you’re in Virginia City, a visit to the Bucket is a must.