Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Speakeasy Seattle: BathTub Gin & Co.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and as such Mystery Playground (and fun loving friends) is visiting modern speak easy bars all over the United States in recognition. The latest in our series is BathTub Gin & Co in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. 

BathTub Gin & Co is a small little bar tucked away in an alley. There is a bar on the first floor and a few more tables in the basement along with the antique bathtub that gave the bar it's name.  

The door to BathTub Gin

I had the Cassiopeia made of creme de violette, cucumber, orgeat and lime. My friend had the Heart of Glass made of gin, Ginger of the Indies (a ginger liquor), lemon, agave, basil and Prosecco. Both drinks were excellent and there were many more fun concoctions to go back and try on our next visit. BathTub Gin & Co. does not serve food.

BathTub Gin & Co. is hidden in an alleyway across from a parking lot at 220 2nd avenue, between First and Second, about 500 feet from Blanchard Street. There is signage (below) but it is discreet. There is no password required and we didn't need reservations at 9:00 pm on Thursday night. 

We really liked BathTub Gin & Co. The staff was friendly and attentive, the drinks we're great and the atmosphere was fun. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Seattle.  

What are Speakeasies?

Speakeasies were secret bars that sprang up when alcohol was outlawed in the United States in 1919.

Most speakeasies were housed in unmarked locations, many required a password to get in and some may have moved from place to place to stay ahead of the law. Many think the name came from patrons being told to "speakeasy" or to lower their voices so no one suspected they were serving alcohol. Today, there are many modern speakeasy bars that retain some of these traditions. They usually feature fresh ingredients in their food and drink, in discreet locations that lack signage. Some model the decor after the periods and some require passwords. You can read about Mystery Playground's other speakeasy adventures here