Eighty-five years ago, Americans welcomed the end of Prohibition, the 13-year-ban on their favorite beverage — alcohol, of course. We’ve been celebrating ever since at the many bars that fill New Jersey.
However, here in the state that knows how to party, there are some bars that still take us back in time to the era of speakeasies, where alcohol was served in secret. At these establishments, you can find happening bars hidden behind laundry machines, bookcases and even below other bars.
Ready to unwind with a classic cocktail under a bit of disguise? Check out these speakeasies located throughout the state.
1933 Room, Somerville
Verve, with its red decor details, plush seating and dim lighting, is known as Somerville’s speakeasy-esque destination. But the real speakeasy sits right above it — the 1933 Room, a lounge with an intimate bar, black-and-white tiled floor and Prohibition-era artwork.
With a New York feel, grab some of Verve’s famous cocktails up there such as their Bring the Ruckus with 360 Chocolate Vodka, BaBa Looey with habanero bitters and Cash Rulz with pink peppercorn and rosemary syrup.