From Chicago to quieter parts of Illinois, there could be a spectacular bar in your area that you didn’t know existed. There are hidden speakeasies throughout the state where you can take your typical Saturday night out and give it a fun twist. Try any of these top spots across Illinois.
The Green Door Tavern looks like a simple and relaxed neighborhood bar, and it is, but it also has a secret. In the back of the tavern, you’ll find a speakeasy called The Drifter. It has a unique menu of signature cocktails that are written on tarot cards. Each night, the staff selects a handful of these cards to create the night’s cocktail menu, so it’s the perfect place to try something different.
The name might not be mysterious but it’s accurate. The Speakeasy is a stunningly decorated spot in Granite City where you can enjoy a bit of mystique and some old-fashioned fun. There’s always a lineup of unique cocktails to sip, including specialized cocktails for various holidays.
If you’re in Naperville, head to the Northcott Liquorette the next time you’re in the mood for an adventure. This trendy spot is designed in the style of Prohibition-era speakeasies and offers several unique features like absinthe fountains and teapot kettles (with liquor in them, of course).
Chicago’s Chinatown is a sight to see of its own, where you can find delectable Chinese cuisine, eclectic markets, and a rich culture. It’s also where you’ll find the legendary Nine Bar. This hidden bar is located behind Moon Palace Express, with an unassuming door that bears the Chinese characters meaning “nine.” It’s a popular cocktail bar that’s worth the effort to find.
Club Arcada is one of the classiest joints in St. Charles. This fabulous speakeasy is on the third floor of the Historic Arcada Theater, and it features live music. For an immersive effect, the staff even dresses in 1920s fashions.
In quaint downtown Elgin, The Martini Room is known for having the “best cocktails in the ‘burbs.” This bar has an exclusive speakeasy atmosphere, and it adds to that style with fantastic live entertainment including burlesqu shows, drag shows, and live music.
Nightshade is one of Chicago’s newest and most loved underground bars…and this one is quite literally underground. It’s located below the popular restaurant Moonflower, but it has its own unique cocktail bar vibe.
History surrounds you at Emerson and Oliver, the unique hidden bar in Woodstock. Nestled in the lower level of a retail building, this speakeasy was named after the two giants of the typewriter industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Want to impress a guest? Take them to The Gin Mill. The trendy speakeasy in Springfield has a swanky atmosphere, a newly renovated look, and a menu of tasty cocktails you can enjoy all night long.
Embrace the 1920s with a trip to 933 Speakeasy. This fantastic Lockport spot is located on the third floor above Ember’s Tap House but it has a much more niche style than its downstairs neighbor. Check it out for yourself to enjoy wonderful cocktails and a fun environment.