Transport yourself to a time when patrons were required to “speak easy” when ordering drinks, lest they fall to the era of Prohibition. Speakeasies continue to thrive in modern day Virginia, with secret back entrances, code word-required doorways, and sweet, glorious jazz. Find five of our favorites below, but don’t tell them we sent you.
Hiding behind the Sugar Shack Donuts in Alexandria, Virginia, Captain Gregory’s offers intimacy and seclusion. Order cocktails and enjoy small plates over polite conversation in this throwback to a time-gone-by.
If you ever find yourself in midtown Charlottesville without anything to do, consider seeking out the Tavern and Grocery. Inside you’ll find the Lost Saint cocktail bar, serving up small plates, wine, and cocktails.
Don’t seek out Grandstaff and Stein Booksellers without the correct password. Whisper the secret words after 5 p.m. and you’ll be allowed into one of their “Juice Joints.” What happens once you’re inside? It’s a secret.
Descend to the basement of the Ambar restaurant to find BABA Bar. Enjoy brunch, dinner, late night options, cocktails, and coffee with style.
Find Jack’s Hideaway in downtown Harrisonburg. Described as “part hunting lodge, part Al Capone’s basement,” this secretive spot is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 p.m. until 1:15 a.m. You’ll need to knock on the tan door to get in.