The 8 Best Speakeasies in Massachusetts!

Speakeasies came to be during the Prohibition era. These underground establishments served the banned alcohol to those who knew of their secret location. Some were disguised as flower shops, others as funeral homes. Today, we don’t have to worry about keeping things secret, but the speakeasy-vibe lounges and cocktail bars are today aren’t any less intimate as they once were. Here are our favorite speakeasies in Massachusetts.  

1. Parla, Boston, MA

Inspired by Italian speakeasies, Parla serves up exquisite food and its speakeasy—or bar—serves custom cocktails. Whiskey is emphasized here.

2. Saloon, Somerville, MA

This speakeasy-style pub celebrates the Prohibition Era in order to maintain an air of authenticity. Their bistro offerings are perfect for a light meal and its beer and whiskey list is extensive.

3. Brick & Mortar, Cambridge, MA

Dubbed a “hidden cocktail joint,” the bartenders are deemed “magicians” at Brick & Mortar. The unmarked bar is super popular among locals and visitors.

4. Drink, Boston, MA

You won’t find any food at Drink in Boston, but you’ll find some of the most popular cocktails of the Prohibition era. They also serve an extensive list of wines, champagne and beer.

5. Bootleggers Prohibition Pub, Worcester, MA

While the food is only ranked as “so-so,” the drinks are dubbed “sublime.” Moonshine and a long list of creative cocktails keep customers coming back—again and again. The atmosphere is lively and fun.

6. Joe Sent Me, Cambridge, MA

Joe Sent Me is a speakeasy-themed bar with memorabilia that celebrates the Prohibition Era. The neighborhood bar serves up pub fare that’s pretty delicious. If asked for a password when entering, be sure to say, “Joe Sent Me!”

7. Backbar, Somerville, MA

The street art at Backbar lends itself to the ambience of this supposedly-hidden gem. Some of the cocktails are works of art and the bartenders are lively and often reminiscent of those in the authentic speakeasies of old.

8. The Library, Easthampton, MA

Serving nothing but alcohol, the Library is the perfect place to enjoy some cocktails and some jazz. It’s rather “hidden” from the restaurant next door—which, incidentally is called Amy’s Place, and serves some delicious entrees.

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