Dis­cover the world’s top hid­den wa­ter­ing holes

A bucket list of speakeasies from around the globe

Red Magazine - - Editor's Note | Contents - WORDS ALYOSHA J. ROBILLOS

Blind pig, blind tiger, hid­den bar. Known by many names, the speakeasy has come a long way since its in­cep­tion in the ’20s when the United States en­tered its in­fa­mous Pro­hi­bi­tion Era.

From 1920 to 1933, the trade of spir­its was de­clared il­le­gal across the US, trig­ger­ing an un­quench­able thirst for moon­shine and “bath­tub” gin that were usu­ally served in wa­ter­ing holes kept se­cret with pass­words and non­de­script—if not mis­lead­ing—en­trances.

Although the idea of con­ceal­ment still re­mains, to­day’s speakeasies take on a more cos­mopoli­tan ap­peal, adding to the mix chic in­te­ri­ors, a wide ar­ray of de­signer drinks, and, in some cases, an on­line pres­ence that is as vague as it is in­trigu­ing.

One thing hasn’t changed though: In these haunts, guests can sit back, en­joy a few drinks, and, well, speak easy.

PDT, New York

Please Don’t Tell, more com­monly known as PDT, topped Drinks In­ter­na­tional’s World’s Best 50 Bars list in 2011. A vin­tage phone booth in­side the East Vil­lage hot­dog joint Crif Dogs serves as the low-key bar’s en­try point.

113 St. Marks, New York, NY 10009.

28 HongKong Street, Sin­ga­pore

28 HongKong Street is per­haps Sin­ga­pore’s most pop­u­lar speakeasy. Crowned the best bar in Asia by Drinks In­ter­na­tional, the New York-es­que es­tab­lish­ment mas­quer­ades as an old shop house.

28 Hong Kong St., Sin­ga­pore 059667.

The Butcher, Am­s­ter­dam

The Butcher is ac­tu­ally a gourmet burger bar in the pop­u­lar Al­bert Cuyp Mar­ket. A back door leads to an in­ner sanc­tum that serves cre­ative cock­tails such as The Butcher’s Nana and the Spicy Crusta. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended to get in.

Al­bert Cuyp­straat 129, 1072 CS Am­s­ter­dam, The Nether­lands.

Evans and Peel De­tec­tive Agency, Lon­don, United King­dom

Evans and Peel De­tec­tive Agency is one speakeasy that takes its cover se­ri­ously. Reser­va­tions are made by sub­mit­ting a case to the agency, which a “de­tec­tive” will look into upon the guest’s ar­rival. Once the in­ter­ro­ga­tion ends, the real fun be­gins.

310c Earls Ct Rd, Earls Court, Lon­don SW5 9BA, UK.

The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome, Italy

They say get­ting into the Jerry Thomas Project isn’t easy. Only those who are able to sup­ply the pass­word gain en­try, and the only way to know the magic word—or words—is by mak­ing a re­serva­tion. Once in, pa­trons find it dif­fi­cult to leave thanks to the bar’s sig­na­ture drinks. Try the El Cocuy An­ces­tral, which has co­conut yo­gurt, or the Ab­sinthe Frappé.

Bi­color Cellini, 30, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Flore­ria At­lantico, Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina

Hav­ing made it on the World’s 50 Best Bars list twice, Flore­ria At­lantico is the only “flower shop” that tends to cus­tomers un­til the wee hours of the morn­ing. A must-try is owner Re­nato “Tato” Gio­van­noni’s home­made gin, which is dis­tilled with maté yerba and eu­ca­lyp­tus.

Ar­royo 872, C1011 CABA, Ar­gentina.

Ounce, Taipei, Tai­wan

Ounce def­i­nitely ticks off the check­list for a blind pig: hid­den be­hind a se­cret door, laid-back, and over­flow­ing with great cock­tails. It’s lo­cated in­side a no-frills cof­fee shop and is known as one of Tai­wan’s best bars.

No. 40, Lane 63, Sec­tion 2, Dun­hua South Road, Da'an District, Taipei City, Tai­wan 106.

The Bar­ber Shop, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

With its steady clien­tele, solid con­cept, and English-in­spired drinks menu, The Bar­ber Shop right­fully earned its spot at the 2014 Aus­tralian Liquor In­dus­try Awards. The bar is lo­cated be­hind an un­marked door­way in­side an au­then­tic bar­ber shop, where ex­pert bar­bers of­fer their ser­vices.

89 York St., Syd­ney NSW 2000, Aus­tralia.

Moon­shiner, Paris, France

In true speakeasy fash­ion, Moon­shiner is hid­den be­hind the me­tal door of a walk-in fridge found in the restau­rant Pizza Da Vito. Once in­side, a cozy drink­ing den re­veals it­self, com­plete with an el­e­gant fu­moir or smok­ing room.

5 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France.

Fox­glove, Hong Kong

Fox­glove, ac­cord­ing to CNN, is the “world’s best bar to find your­self in dur­ing a rain­storm.” Con­cep­tu­al­ized by NC De­sign and Ar­chi­tec­ture, the space is tucked away be­hind an um­brella shop on Ice House Street.

G/F 18 Ice House St. / 2/F Print­ing House, 6 Dud­dell St., Cen­tral, Hong Kong.

Flore­ria At­lantico

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