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NYC Bars: Guide to Speakeasies and Historic Bars mobile app Click here to download Delve into the intriguing history of secret speakeasies and bars with NYC Bars: Guide to Speakeasies and Historic Bars! New York has a fascinating story to tell. To discover it, a museum visit isn’t always necessary… try going to a bar instead! Step back…

Oyster Bar

OYSTER BAR Inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St A New York institution serving oysters since 1913. As you enter the room, the first thing you’ll notice is the cave-like multi-arched ceiling laid with interlocking terracotta tiles. They were created by Rafael Guastavino, whose brickwork can also be found in the Municipal Building, at…

21 Club

21 Club 21 West 52nd St Guarded by lawn jockeys on the balcony above its entrance, 21 Club is an iconic New York restaurant which started as a Prohibition-Era speakeasy. The 21 Club is a “jacket required, jeans not permitted” kind of place with a very expensive menu and an intimidating list of regulars. The…

The Back Room

The Back Room 102 Norfolk St In the 1920s it was the headquarters of Murder, Inc., deadly Italian-Jewish Mafia headed by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. The Back Room is not your average speakeasy-themed bar – it functioned as an actual speakeasy that secretly operated at the back of Ratner’s kosher restaurant. Ratner’s, a vegetarian…

Pete’s Tavern

Pete’s Tavern 129 E 18th St One of the oldest drinking establishments in the city, it’s the birthplace of O. Henry’s famous “The Gift of the Magi” story. Yes, William Sydney Porter, better known to the world by his pen name “O. Henry,” lived nearby at 55 Irving Place. Yes, like so many writers, he…

Delmonico’s

DELMONICO’S 56 Beaver St Delmonico’s, the first fine-dining establishment in the United States, is the birthplace of Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska. Delmonico’s is an American dining landmark. The restaurant was founded in 1827 by the Delmonico brothers, who came from Switzerland and changed the way America eats. Before Delmonico’s, America did not feed its…

Chumley’s

Chumley’s 86 Bedford St Once a celebrated literary speakeasy, whose patrons defined 20th-century American literature, it is now an upscale restaurant. All one has to do is to find the entrance. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see a Chumley’s door sign. There never was one… A flaming radical, Lee Chumley came to New York…

White Horse Tavern

Made famous by its literary regulars the White Horse Tavern is one of oldest drinking establishments in New York. The White Horse Tavern is best known for its 1950s and 1960s Bohemian culture, as it was the favorite spot amongst local writers and artists at that time. It started humbly in 1880 as a longshoremen’s…

Flûte Midtown

Flûte Midtown 205 W 54th St Step down into the classy champagne lounge and imagine yourself in the notorious speakeasy that it once was – Club Intime. “Hello, Suckers!” – this is the way you would have been greeted if you entered the club in its heyday in the 1920s. The greeting would have been…