Speakeasy bars were all the rage during the United States Prohibition Era of the 1920s and 30s. A speakeasy was essentially a secret bar that required visitors to provide a password in order to gain entrance to the bar. In present day, speakeasies have made a comeback and are springing up all over the country. Seattle features a few speakeasy bars that are considered hidden gems. These locations are generally not advertised and sometimes require a password, a reservation or a call from a phone located just outside of the establishment’s entrance.
Bathtub Gin And Company
2205 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-6069

Located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, the Bathtub Gin and Company opened in 2009 and is a smaller bar that’s situated in a hideaway alley. While it does have a discreet sign, it’s not easily visible until you come upon the bar’s wooden door. This bar is a remodeled apartment that features a main floor and a small basement where you’ll find a few tables, along with the antique bathtub for which the bar got its name. Try one of the specialty concoctions such as the Heart of Glass or the Cassiopeia. Bathtub Gin and Company is open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the daily happy hour is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Needle And Thread/Tavern Law
1406 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-9734

The Needle and Thread is a speakeasy located within another bar called Tavern Law and is open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are required and you’ll have to call on the antique rotary phone located in the entry way to gain access to the upstairs speakeasy. The space is small and intimate, with music and decor of the 1920s, including antique chandeliers and a flask said to be once owned by Houdini. Tell the bartenders what your favorite liquors are and they’ll craft you a unique drink based on your preferred tastes.

Knee High Stocking Company
1356 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 979-7049

The Knee High Stocking Company is situated in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in an unmarked, corner-shaped building. Upon entering, your doorman will pull back the velvet drapes and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time once you enter the bar’s main room, lighted by antique chandeliers. All drinks are crafted right in front of you and you’ll want to try the Pacific Northwest-inspired cocktail such as The Laura Palmer – yes, from the “Twin Peaks” TV series – the Painkiller or the Egret. Reservations are accepted by text for this location and you don’t need a password once your reservation is confirmed.

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The Backdoor At Roxy’s
462 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-7322

This delicious little speakeasy is located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood and accepts both reservations and walk-ins. It’s open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the daily happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where you can order all food at half-price. Cocktails are served until 2 a.m. daily and dinner is served until 11 p.m. The Backdoor at Roxy’s features a superb selection of rye and bourbon and its gin selection is ever-growing. All bitters, tinctures and infusions are made in-house and you’ll love any of the recommended craft and barrel-aged cocktails on the menu.

Canon: Whiskey And Bitters Emporium
928 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755

Also located on Capitol Hill, Canon is known as a “whiskey and bitters emporium.” This speakeasy’s claim to fame is that it features the western hemisphere’s most extensive spirit collection and it has renowned bartenders such as Murray Stenson and Nathan Weber, crafting all of your specialty drinks. Canon is one of the smallest speakeasy’s in Seattle and therefore will only accept reservations for parties of four or less. It’s open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the Canon Cocktail house drink comes highly recommended by owner and bar manager Jamie Boudreau.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.