Walking Tall and Speaking Easy

How to get yourself in the coolest underground bars.

1. Save up

Many of the bars inspired by the opulence of the 1920s style don’t exactly price their drinks for the budget-minded student. It’s best to save your pennies and make this a special trip.

2. Go in small groups

Speakeasies are trying to create an intimate drinking atmosphere, so showing up with 20 of your closest friends is a sure way to be left out in the cold. Pick your favorites to share in the secret.

3. Make it your first choice

Don’t expect to just stumble into a speakeasy for last call. The bartenders put a lot of care into their specialty cocktails, so show up a little earlier and avoid the lines.

4. Talk a big game

Some bars will ask you how you heard about the place before they let you in. Speakeasies during Prohibition relied on word of mouth, so maybe tell them a friend (and not The Temple News) sent you.

5. Dress the part

Depending on which establishment you choose, you may want to dress with a touch of class. You wouldn’t want to feel out of place among the leather-bound books or velvet wallpaper.

6. Follow the rules

Snap a picture inside a certain Chinatown speakeasy, and you are going to find yourself back out on the curb. Play along and enjoy yourself, because these bars are all about the experience.

-Rachel McDevitt

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