Monday, June 4, 2012

Las Vegas Speakeasy: The Lady Silvia

Drinks at the Lady Silvia  photo © Janet Kuchler for Mystery Playground

When prohibition outlawed alcohol in the U.S. in 1919 an entire industry formed to deliver drinks behind closed doors. One of the most popular delivery methods was the speakeasy -- essentially a secret bar. Most speakeasies required a password to get in, had no signage outside and may have even moved from place to place to stay ahead of the law.

There are many modern speakeasies that are open today. Usually they feature beautifully individually crafted drinks made with fresh ingredients, locations that are discreet and may lack signage, have a cultivated interior.

During a recent trip to Las Vegas, we visited a beautiful speakeasy called The Lady Silvia that had all of these features.  Inspired by the beautiful Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, but with a clearly modern take, The Lady Silvia continues the fresh ingredient trend for drink making and has great atmosphere.  Bookcases line the walls and there are plenty of velvet couches and comfortable chairs.  They were kind enough to give us the recipe for the delicious drink I ordered called the 18b:

The Lady Silvia 18b:

2 ozs Hanger One, Blueberry Vodka
Fresh muddled raspberries
Lime juice
Agave nectar
½ oz Domaine Canton, ginger liquor

The Lady Silvia is smoke free inside which is a pleasant change from the rest of Las Vegas.  Food is not served currently, but they hope to change that in the coming months.  It's definitely worth a visit if you are in Las Vegas. It seems to get hoppin' between 9:30 - 10:00. 

How to get there:

It's a little tricky to find, but an easy cab ride from The Strip. The address for The Lady Sylvia is 900 Las Vegas Boulevard #140, but the door to get in is on Hoover between Las Vegas and 4th.  It’s just a few yards down from Resnick’s grocery store. A few blocks away is the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where the History Channel’s Pawn Stars ply their trade and sell large quantities of t-shirts.  

Five of the Seven Dwarves line a shelf at The Lady Silvia. Doc has some serious new blue glasses.  photo © Deborah Lacy for Mystery Playground

The Lady Silvia in Las Vegas photo © Janet Kuchler for Mystery Playground


  1. Oooh, this looks like a cool spot. Not as cool as a mystery playground, but still...

  2. Thanks, Laura. It is a really cool place and the drinks are fabulous.

  3. Okay, this is all too cool. But more importantly, where did you get that awesome piano purse?! And is it coming to Milwaukee this week?? Kim

  4. p.s. I am excited to visit one this weekend with you! After that we need to do a photo op with the Bronze Fonz!

  5. I love a nice speakeasy with outre, excessive cocktails. So much fun. next time I'm in Vegas, I'll have to duck in!