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The Coolest Speakeasies Across The Country

Your new favorite bar may be hiding in your own backyard. Check out some of the best speakeasies from around the country in our roundup below. If you know of other secret watering holes, add them to the comments. And to find more hidden gems in spirits, fashion, music, travel and culture, check out WSJ Live's new series, ”Off Duty.”

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Where Is It? 20 Prince St (between Elizabeth & Mott St)

Cool Factor:

Here there are rules:

You must enjoy yourself here.

Do not take yourself too seriously.

Do not sit quietly at the bar. You must engage in conversation.

We drink to be merry not to be boring.

If a beautiful woman/man is by themselves, you must attempt conversation and attempt courtship.

When an awesome power ballad is playing you must sing along.

Never pass up a free shot from a staff member.

Finally, bad decisions are celebrated here not condemned. . .No judging.

The Back Room

Where Is It? 102 Norfolk St (between Delancey & Rivington St.)

Cool Factor: To get there, look for a small "Toy Company" sign and then follow the hallway and go up the stairs. The cocktails are served in charming teacups, and beer is in paper bags.

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co

Where Is It? 112 S 18th St - 1st Fl

Cool Factor: The ambiance exudes pure seduction. Franklin's chairs are reminiscent of taut vintage leather: supportive yet comfortable.

The Ranstead Room

Where Is It? 2013 Ranstead St

Cool Factor: If you love exclusivity, this place sure defines it. Dim lighting and flickering candles tie the room together, perfect for sharing drinks and secrets with your companions.


Where Is It? 348 Congress St.

Cool Factor: This bar is dedicated to the craft of the cocktail. In fact, there are no menus. You tell the bartender or rather mixologist your flavor profiles... what you like, what you don't like. Then, watch as they delicately and meticulously create the perfect cocktail for you.

Green Russell

Where Is It? 1422 Larimer St.

Cool Factor: This place features all the garnishes of a great prohibition bar. It's hidden away in a big city, fronts a pie shop, has well-dressed bar-tenders and even sports a little herb garden.

Bourbon & Branch

Where Is It? 501 Jones St (between Ofarrell & Geary St.)

Cool Factor: There are little hidden rooms off the main one, which is dimly lit with candles and low lights, and has a great, swanky vibe.

Inspired By WSJ Live's "Absinthe Minded: Making a Perfect Absinthe Cocktail"

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