Which Speakeasy Bars are the Best in Minnesota?


Have you been to one of the few Speakeasy bars in Minnesota? While prohibition is a thing of the past, it’s certainly left its mark on America with restaurants honoring the time of secretive drinking. With the old days being a time of gangsters, politicians, celebrities and others trying drink in secret speakeasies, today bars are starting to model themselves after this era. 

You’ll feel you’ve entered a past era when you walk into these Minnesota bars from the subterranean vibe, the zoot suits and the well-crafted cocktails. Here is a look at the best ones to check in the state.

The Lounge at Public Kitchen and Bar – 229 6th Street East, St. Paul

The Lounge is a really popular speakeasy in Lowertown of St. Paul. It opened just a year ago and has proven to be a favorite for lunch, dinner and even brunch. Head downstairs for prohibition-era cocktails, small plates and soft jazz. It’s the perfect place to grab a late night drink and food till 2am or head upstairs for dinner.

Parlour – 730 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis

Parlour is a simple restaurant in Minneapolis with an elegant vibe and high quality ingredients. Try a classic cocktail with just the right ingredients and have a seat at the bar for a great night. Everything about the place is simple and high quality. You’ll love the food, especially the burgers, and the big leather chairs.

Vieux Carre – 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul

Another Lowertown Saint Paul favorite, Vieux Carre is a great prohibition bar. They are always hosting events like pop-up happenings. Check out Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesdays or Heiruspecs and Pavi Elle in Lowertown Line shooting.

It’s located in the spot that used to be home of the Artists’ Quarter, the restaurant has a small kitchen and excellent cocktails. The bar is under the ownership of the Dakota Jazz Club and plans to have regular hours coming soon.

Volstead’s Emporium will be opening soon in Lyn-Lake of Minneapolis with a secret entrance door, live jazz and your favorite prohibition-era theme.

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