The 6 Best Speakeasies in Pennsylvania!

Although Prohibition has long since been abolished here in the United States, some bars, such as in Pennsylvania, have maintained the vibe of these secretive spaces. Modern-day speakeasies have a cool aura with a 1920s style. With great food, great drinks, and an unbeatable atmosphere, you’ll love these 6 awesome speakeasies in Pennsylvania. 

The Speakeasy, Pittsburgh, PA

“Take a sip into history,” is the moto here at the Speakeasy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In true speakeasy fashion, visitors will find the 1920s-style lounge tucked away beneath the Omni Hotel lobby. The area was originally used as a storage space, and it’s Pittsburgh’s only speakeasy. When visitors walk in, they will instantly feel as though they’ve traveled back into time to the Prohibition-era. Plush scarlet seating with outrageous wall art and topped with a tin roof, it’s dark, cozy and private, an ultimate getaway. Be sure to order one of the house classics while you’re there, whether it’s a pure Manhattan or a Rusty Nail.

The Sturges Speakeasy, Harrisburg, PA

The Sturges Speakeasy in Harrisburg has been family owned and operated since 2012. Their location has made them a favorite among the locals, as well as those just passing through. The restaurant has two floors, and a roof top deck which is the perfect place to take in the sights during the summer. Try a delicious bowl of the Speakeasy Mac-N-Cheese which tastes just like Grandma makes it, or a delicious plate of nachos. The Sunday Brunch menu is delicious as well, with a surf and turf selection. It’s important to take note that all fried foods are fried in a canola/peanut oil blend so those with nut allergies need to take caution when ordering.

The Bookstore, Bethlehem, PA

Step back in time at the Bookstore in Bethlehem, which offers Prohibition-era drinks, punch bowls with hand carved ice, and freshly squeezed juice. There is also a wide variety of beer to choose from as well as an extensive wine list, and incredible American cuisine. For several nights throughout the week, passerby’s can hear live jazz music coming from within, taking them back for a moment to the late 1920s and early 1930s. The first thing that catches your eye when you walk in is the gorgeous copper bar, which is the center of all the action at the Bookstore. 

1 Tippling Place, Philadelphia, PA

1 Tippling Place has that classic 1920s Prohibition-era feel when you walk in. It’s classy yet cozy, and they serve up some of the most amazing drinks. Try one of their seasonal cocktails, such as the Mexican Strawberry or the Havana Special. Before you leave, be sure to try their classic penicillin cocktail, a mixture of scotch, lemon and honey ginger. 1 Tippling Place does have a small hors d’oeuvres menu to choose from, including artisan grilled cheese and sweet and tangy meatballs. Perfect with any cocktail, wine, or beer!

Charlie Was a Sinner, Philadelphia, PA

Another great speakeasy in Philadelphia is Charlie Was a Sinner, where every good story begins at a bar and they don’t talk about Charlie. Charlie’s in an all vegan/vegetarian bar, serving creative drinks such as Bramble, their signature Wheatgrass Shot and Goin’ Down Easy. Another great classic? The Beetlejuice. Charlie’s also offers a delicious but small food menu, including a delicious Maryland-style crab cakes, salty and oh so yummy chickpea fries, and even Korean style, fried tofu. 

The Speakeasy Wooden Keg Tavern, Multiple locations

The Speakeasy Wooden Keg Tavern was established in 2005, making it the first location in the Wooden Keg franchise. The tavern is in an 1860s hotel, giving it a rich history. The Wooden Keg also has a private dining room called “The Speakeasy” modeled after the traditional 1920s speakeasies. The only way to enter is through a secret bookcase, but only few know where it is. In addition to having an amazing secret room, they also have delicious food as well. Try a Black Jack Screamer or a Keg Paddy melt!

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