Monday, May 1, 2017

Longmont Speakeasy: The Speakeasy

We love modern speakeasies at Mystery Playground and Kerry Hammond recently visited the small Colorado town of Longmont and found a gem with a hidden tunnel. You can check out Mystery Playground reviews of other speakeasies around the country. 

We love to search for Speakeasies around the country, to celebrate the repeal of the Prohibition Act that caused the creation of these secret bars. We’ve found these drinking establishments in major cities across the United States, but I never expected to find one in the basement of one of the oldest buildings on Main Street in the sleepy town of Longmont, Colorado.

I figured that the bar was called The Speakeasy as a tribute to the bars of old, but when I went inside I soon realized that the location might very well have been used as an actual Speakeasy during the 1920s, when alcohol was illegal and drinkers had to find secret places to imbibe.

The Speakeasy is beautifully decorated with antique looking wall sconces and contains plenty of exposed stone and brick. There are no windows to view the outside, which is a telltale characteristic of a Speakeasy. When I questioned the bartender, he showed me a door to a tunnel behind the bar. It is currently used for storage, but leads under the street and into the restaurant across the street called The Dickens Tavern.

There was no password needed, but the door sported a great peephole, equipped with a metal cage surrounding it. The bartender was quite knowledgeable and helped us choose drinks to suit our specific tastes. We ordered an Aviation, which contained Hendricks Gin, Crème De Violette, Cherry Liquor, and fresh lemon. We also ordered an Old Fashioned, which is a great Prohibition drink made with Rye Whiskey, Simple Syrup, and bitters.

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