7 Akai – Dallas
At Akai, the private entrance led through the kitchen of Musume was very cool, very VIP, except for waiting in a line in a restaurant for your turn to enter. But inside, Akai is less of a speakeasy and more a private club with bouncers and scantily clad waitresses who bring flaming bottle service around to loud partying booths. This is great if this is your style, however, it was very much not what we we expected or were thrilled about.
6 Midnight Rambler – Dallas
Midnight Rambler is a high class underground bar you’d expect in a luxury NYC hotel. It is not very secret or hard to get into, but it is worth the trip down the beautiful stairs for an elevated evening of cocktails and good service. Even though this hidden bar is located in The Joule Hotel, the staff make a point to get to know each customer as though they could each be new regulars, a friendly service with a smile not found in most bars anymore. With such style and elegance, it wasn’t surprising to see many couples settling in for a romantic night.
5 Bodega – Fort Worth
From the outside, Bodega definitely looks like it’s hiding more than just a convenience store, for one there’s a front porch patio deck from the bar within, but it’s a great entrance and a fun spot to hang out. Find the trivia question on Bodega’s Facebook page to unlock the secret freezer door entrance; you can always just buy something to get the code but that’s not as fun!
This speakeasy is extremely laid back, with almost a dive bar feel. Games like pool and cornhole are available to play. The space is airy and there’s plenty of room to chill with friends while drinking craft brews or select cocktails.
4 Truth & Alibi – Dallas
Rating 4.0 / 5.0 | Visited: April 2021
Truth & Alibi is a completely different type of speakeasy! If you are looking for something less stuffy and quiet, this is the hidden bar you’ve been looking for. T&A is a party in a vintage style club full of crushed velvet, dark lights, and house music. The bar is more relaxed than the typical craft cocktail bar and it’s mixing up great drinks; we especially loved the Black Bourbon Smash. The staff is fun and the entrance is pretty sweet (pun intended); you can’t help but smile walking through a door full of real candy. This is the place to bring a group of friends for a night on the town. Truth & Alibi is a great place to start and end the night, secret party style! Don’t forget to grab the password off their IG to get in.
3 Atwater Alley – Dallas
Atwater Alley is a true Texas speakeasy with a mix of Victorian flare and western decor, but rather than go for gimmicks, this bar has the dark vintage atmosphere while maintaining a local bar feel. This is a romantic night out that you keep coming back to with your loved one. There is no menu and classic cocktails are their specialty, nothing seemed over the top, but all were high quality. The entrance is nondescript so you have to know it’s there to find it, and upon entry you can choose between sitting downstairs or upstairs, both which can fill you with the same delectable libations.
2 Thompson’s Bookstore – Fort Worth
Thompson’s Bookstore is a two in one deal for speakeasies! The upstairs is a relaxed library atmosphere with eclectic vintage furniture strewn about and an extensive cocktail menu with a seasonal rotation. To get downstairs you’ve got to solve the riddle of the week and then go through the secret door to an underground antique pharmacy themed bar with a uniquely weird medical vibe. Both are worth checking out and revisiting time again to get through that delicious menu.
1 Bourbon & Banter – Dallas
You may have heard of Bourbon & Banter, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to find, with a sophisticated secret entrance, look for the phone booth to help you get in. Once you get through the secret door, B&B is a lively den of class and dark vintage elegance with a wall of bourbons and an innovative menu of craft cocktails. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere early in the evening or the buzzing energy as the night gets late, either way, this hidden gem is sure to be a new favorite for your senses.
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