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Neighborhood Spotlight: Speakeasies

Clandestine entrances, patrons dressed to the nines, and libations flowing freely — speakeasies conjure up images of NYC’s gritty 1920s glamour. While that era is a century behind us, some of these Prohibition holdovers are still alive and well on the Lower East Side. As a bonus, they are completely legal, albeit a little less secret than they were 100 years ago. Experience the recent speakeasy renaissance in style, just moments from the One Manhattan Square condos on the Lower East Side.

So, pop the Champagne and pour the gin, as you explore the speakeasies on the LES.

The Back Room | 102 Norfolk Street

Step back in time in this dimly lit and authentic “hidden” bar off of Delancey Street. The Back Room isn’t a throwback replica of a speakeasy, this is the real deal. It was actually in operation during Prohibition. There’s even a “secret entrance” that’s original to the establishment.

This spot is so authentic you might be tempted to don your cravats or flapper dress when you visit. But The Back Room is more than vibes. Its handcrafted cocktail offerings served in signature tea cups are a draw for in-the-know New Yorkers. While you’re sipping on that Negroni Sbagliato — with prosecco in it — keep an eye out for superstars like Adele gathered around the bar.

Attaboy | 134 Eldridge Street

As one of The World’s 50 Best Bars and lauded by Eater as one of the best bars in North America, Attaboy has a lot to live up to. Luckily, it meets every expectation and is deserving of all the hype. With equal parts old-school charm mixed with a modern edge, Attaboy is the perfect place to cozy up with an inventive cocktail on a chilly night or celebrate a low-key special occasion. Helmed by NYC mixology legends Michael McIlroy  and Sam Ross, this speakeasy-style spot offers up what Punch calls “some of the most solid cocktails in all of New York — and, perhaps, the world.”

Garfunkel’s | 67 Clinton Street

With a buzzy crowd and unique drinks, Garfunkel’s gives patrons a luxurious locale to see and be seen, and, of course, to imbibe world-class cocktails, ranging from the classics to the bartender’s latest experiment. The bar’s name references its history as the headquarters for the criminal financiers Max Garfunkel and Marcus Tauster, and the menu has playful names for its cocktails, like the spicy tequila-based Vested Interest or the citrusy Dollar for Dollar. Of course, a speakeasy wouldn’t be a speakeasy without a little jazz to pair with your drinks. Garfunkel’s delivers with live jazz every Wednesday.

Get ready to explore all of the nightlife that surrounds you when you live at One Manhattan Square. Contact our sales team for more information.