Thursday, December 5, 2013

Speakeasy Seattle: Knee High Stocking Company

This year Mystery Playground is visiting speakeasies all over the country to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. In fact, the Volstead Act was repealed 80 years ago today. This is the review of the Knee High Stocking Company which is now my favorite speakeasy in Seattle.

The drinks at Knee High are all handmade right in front of you. 

My friend had the Painkiller which is made with rum, orange, pineapple, cream of coconut and more rum. I had The Egret, made of gin, Cointreau, orange juice and orange flower water.

We didn't have this one, but it's great Twin Peaks-inspired name is worth mentioning... The Laura Palmer, Bombay Dry Gin infused with earl grey tea, lemon, coco-cola. 

Knee High Stocking Company serves food and sometimes even lights it on fire. Check out the goat cheese fondue below. The bartender threw brandy on top before she lit it on fire. She stirred it up as the alcohol burned off. Delicious. Yes, there was other food on the menu but why order anything else? 

The Knee High Stocking Company is located at 1356 East Olive Way in Seattle, Washington. Reservations are suggested and they prefer that they be made by text the day you wish to go. They fill up fast, so reserve early. You can find a map and specific directions here, along with the reservation phone number. There is no password required. 

What Are Speakeasies?

Speakeasies were essentially secret bars that sprang up when the United States outlawed alcohol in 1919. 
Most speakeasies were housed in unmarked locations, many required a password to get in and some may have even 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 speakeasies that retain some of these traditions. Usually they feature fresh ingredients in their food and drink, and though the secrecy is no longer needed, many are in discreet locations that lack signage. Some even require passwords.
You can read about Mystery Playground's other speakeasy adventures here