Starting off with a history lesson: In the Prohibition era, speakeasies were formed as hidden bars or private lounges that were generally discrete to the public and were discovered purely by word of mouth. Basically if you were looking for a secret hide out to get some booze, speakeasies were the solution.
The allure of these secret drinking rooms have made a comeback today and Buffalo just so happens to house two of them. If you are looking for a chance to step back in time and enjoy a drink behind closed doors, now’s your chance. Here’s where you can find these two hidden gem speakeasies in WNY:
Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!
1. Hartman’s Barrel Room (At Hartman’s Distilling Co.)
55 Chicago St Ste 110A, Buffalo / More Info
Hartman’s Barrel room is located in the back of Hartman’s Distilling Co. This secret space allows guests the opportunity to sip on craft cocktails while enjoying a sneak peak view of the distillery’s barrel house. The space is available Friday and Saturday from 6pm-1am. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are encouraged and can be made here.
2. The General Riley Speakeasy (Next to Elm Street Bakery)
644 Oakwood Ave, East Aurora / Website
Located in The General Riley house behind Elm Street Bakery, The General Riley Speakeasy is a casual environment to enjoy a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. The cozy space has a fire place and bar with vintage decor. To keep with the hidden nature of speakeasies, guest can look for the gas light to be flickering, welcoming you in. The speakeasy is open Thursday-Saturday, 4pm-10pm.