They say to go big or go home in Texas, so we hit up seven speakeasies in just three nights to bring you the best of what Dallas and Fort Worth have to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may have heard of Bourbon & Banter in Dallas Texas, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to find. This underground Dallas speakeasy is so well hidden they put signs up to help you find the way and it’s STILL tricky!