Descend into the sub cellar of the Walker Hotel in Tribeca and step back in time as you enter what’s been called “a Parisian jazz cave.” Saint Tuesday has everything you expect from a subterranean speakeasy: an intimate space, low lights, cushy banquettes, lots of candles and live music every evening. The sounds range from from gypsy jazz to Brazilian choro.
What to Expect: They have Athletic Brewing NA beer
Keys & Heels
Behind the façade of a locksmith and shoe repair shop sits an intimate speakeasy – a rare find in the Upper East Side. The cool, intimate interior of Keys & Heels has small tables and couches, in addition to the bar. A live DJ spins the tunes in this spot, which has an upscale vibe. There are also magic shows and surprise live music nights. If you get hungry, the place offers some small plate. It gets more crowded as the night wears on, so consider a reservation if you’re going late.
What to Expect: They have two zero-proof cocktails. Walk-ins are welcome but they do take reservations!
Raines Law Room
Stylish with a bit of a classic clubby feel, Raines Law Room harks back to the 1920’s. In fact, it’s named after an 1896 law that aimed to restrict drinking. This speakeasy has a few rooms and if you he there early enough, you might be able to snag a private table with velvet couches, encircled by gauzy drapes. Oh yeah -- there’s also a secret courtyard. In addition to drinks, Raines has small bites to quell your hunger.
What to Expect: The menu has a zero-proof cocktail section. This 21+ establishment accepts reservations but also encourages walk-ins.
📍Second Location: 24 E 39th Street. Entry is through the upper entrance of the William Hotel.
The Last Word
Sink into sofas flanked by velvet drapes in the dark and sultry interior of The Last Word. This speakeasy uses the best fresh and seasonal ingredients in its drinks, food and coffee. The spot has a reputation for great service and you’ll find live local music on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
What to Expect: They have zero-proof cocktails and Athletic Brewing Run Wild NA beer. You can just walk in, but they also take reservations online.
Hard to Explain
The name says it all: You’ll find jazzy vibes in this snug East Village spot that’s part sake bar, part cool hangout. In fact, you might feel like you’ve landed in Tokyo as you nibble on Japanese snacks at the bar or sitting at the two stools in the front window. Small and intimate, it has a relaxed atmosphere.
What to Expect: They have two mocktails and Fever Tree drinks.
The Ivory Peacock
This gorgeous NoMad location, with 139 years of history, serves up imaginative cocktails and delicious shareable plates. There’s a raw bar with fresh oysters and lots a menu of seafood-driven French and Japanese-inspired bites. In the back of the space is the wraparound Emerald Bar with cozy corners. Even better is the Ivory Peacock’s subterranean secret lounge, Ploume, with its swanky, burlesque vibe.
What to Expect: They have two zero-proof cocktails