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A GUIDE TO THREE SPEAKEASY BARS IN THE CITY
By Harshad Jadhav
December 15, 2021
Library Lounge Paintings at Yvonne's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
"When I found out about this [speakeasies], ... interest in seeing many more [grew] because it [is] sort of a part of history in which people of all moralities gathered secretly in these places to feel free. That's what usually happens when a goverment puts in a law which is not agreed by most people," said Joseph, 24, who was enjoying his IPA with hot chicken wings.
Why is it called speakeasy?
In the 1880s, Kate Hester, a saloon owner, ran an illegal bar, like many others, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, due to a hike in-state fees for saloon licenses from $50 to $500. She had a custom of raising her finger deprecatingly and saying, "shh... speak easy boys, speak easy," to quiet her rowdy customers speaking loudly. Soon the expression became common in the city and spread to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Some of the prohibition-era speakeasies today
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The Gallery, hidden from Yvonne's exuberant main floor, is concealed behind a secret bookshelf at the back of the Library Lounge.
Rose Thorn Cocktail at Yvonne's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Labeled as pricy, they provide some good cocktails like Rose Thorn to favorites like Espresso Martini, which is worth the taste as it adds up to the shimmering ambiance. Book your tables online ahead of time to avoid waiting at the bar.
Located at 2 Winter Place, Boston, Yvonne's was inaugurated in 2015. Build on the landmark restaurant Locke-Ober, Yvonne's offers aesthetics that will make you fall in love with them.
Being almost hidden in Fort Point, Lucky's Lounge is a classic retro-style bar known for its well-made cocktails and food. It is so discreet that you won't notice any attractive boards except for a small one, saying "Lucky's," which will lead you to a stairway to enter the bar.
"I think the drinks are good. I like the live singer and the decorations, very holiday-themed, very fun! I will try other speakeasies in the city, [and] I look forward to them," said Jackie, 24, who was sipping her Rye and Ginger cocktail drink.
Only sign to the entrance to Lucky's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Lucky's, a Sinatra-esque lounge, with no-signage, and word-of-mouth publicity, this pocket-friendly bar will give you a traditional bar experience. From a wide menu, you could try Fire Cracker, made with lime, habañero simple syrup, and cranberry along with the strong flavor of grapefruit vodka. If not in the mood for cocktails, you can explore a wide variety of beers.
Modern Pastry - Underground
There's a bar underneath the Modern Pastry?
Yvonne's Main floor decorations for Christmas | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Main floor bar at Yvonne's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Rose Thorn cocktail at Yvonne's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Boston Nightlife | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Bar at Lucky's Lounge | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Espresso Martini at Yvonne's | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Bar at Lucky's Lounge | Photo By Harshad Jadhav
Lucky's Lounge Entrance | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Lucky's Lounge speakeasy setting | Photo by Harshad Jadhav
Outside Modern Pastry | Photo by Harshad Jadhav