The 18 Best Speakeasy Bars in Las Vegas

Last Updated on August 6, 2022

Looking for a speakeasy in Las Vegas? You have come to the right place. Speakeasies are a fun way to spend a night out in Las Vegas. After all, half the adventure is finding them. Once you do, though, you are usually greeted with a laidback atmosphere, exceptional service, and a custom cocktail that will knock your socks off. 

There are quite a few speakeasy bars in Las Vegas, but here are the best 18 to try first and some tips on how to find them. Plus, we will break down what a speakeasy is and give a few other options as well! 

What is a Speakeasy? 

Speakeasies are hidden establishments that serve alcohol. They were formed in the prohibition era when alcohol was illegal. Historically, speakeasies were unmarked, and their whereabouts were only spread by word of mouth. Many of them required a password to enter and upheld strict rules such as no rowdiness so that they were not discovered by law enforcement. 

The term “speakeasy” originated from the phrase “speak softly shop,” which, in the early 1800s, the British used to refer to a smuggler’s home. Eventually, it morphed into “speak easy shop” since customers were to speak quietly, and it was used to refer to places that sold illegal liquor. As time went on, it was shortened to “speakeasy,” and the term was adopted in the States during the prohibition era. 

Today, speakeasies are bars that nod to history by having a secret location, sometimes a password, and are a quiet, intimate environment to experience what it was like when libations were prohibited. 

Speakeasy Bars on the Las Vegas Strip

Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails

By day, Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails is a lounge located behind a janitor’s closet door within a functioning barbershop. At night, it embodies the prohibition era offering a wide selection of whiskeys, live entertainment, and modern twists on vintage favorites. 

Get a fresh look from one of the master barbers, then book a table at this hidden gem inside The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den

Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den

Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is one of the most well-hidden Las Vegas speakeasies. It is located on the new Resorts World property, and while it is listed under the dining options on their website, there is no information on hours, menu, location, etc. There is also no signage to point you in the general direction. Though this is typically the entire point of speakeasies, many in Las Vegas aren’t so well hidden. 

Luckily, we have the secrets for you. Within the Famous Foods Street Eats food court, you’ll see a small convenience store called Ms. Meow’s Mamak Stall. The secret door is the blue shelving unit with a gold cat on it, but you’ll first have to check in with the staff and give them the password. Though we are unsure if it changes, the last we heard, it was “meow.” 

Inside you’ll find a dimly lit, intimate lounge with sophisticated oriental decor adorning the brick walls. They serve craft cocktails, beer, wine, and sake. 

Ushh: Backstage Pass

Ushh: Backstage Pass

You wouldn’t expect to find a Las Vegas speakeasy before attending a residency performance, but with Ushh: Backstage Pass, that is exactly what you’ll get. Ushh: Backstage Pass is a Las Vegas speakeasy that acts as the pre-game party for the Usher residency. 

Ushh Club, where it is held, is modeled after a 1920s jazz den, but the experience is a cross between the iconic Magic City nightclub and an NYC block party from the 90s. Cocktails will be flowing, and you can also get up close and personal with Usher’s dancers and crew. Most nights, Usher himself makes an appearance, too. 

However, keep in mind that you will need to buy tickets to gain access to this one, but it is worth it!

Ghost Donkey

Ghost Donkey

Ghost Donkey is a speakeasy bar at The Cosmopolitan featuring an upscale lounge with just a handful of seats, snacks, and a fantastic selection of mezcal and tequila. Indulge in a mezcal flight and taste authentic Mexican and other fine artisanal brands, then chow down on Truffle Nachos, which will truly give you a festive experience. 

Though Ghost Donkey is listed on The Cosmopolitian website, they only give you a general location (Level 2, Boulevard Tower). However, if you go to the Block 16 Urban Food Hall, in the back corner, you’ll see an inconspicuous door with a white donkey on it. Through that door is where you will find Ghost Donkey. 

You may not need a password, but it is still one of the fun hidden bars on the Las Vegas Strip. 

1923 Prohibition Bar

1923 Prohibition Bar

1923 Prohibition Bar is a hidden bar and cigar lounge at Mandalay Bay. It is a swanky and secluded speakeasy offering more than just delicious craft cocktails with premium spirits. They also have burlesque dancers, piano players, and other live entertainment. 

You’ll find 1923 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place near the escalators on the edge of the casino, but it is only open Friday and Saturday nights. 

The Parlor Room 

The Parlor Room 

The Parlor Room, not to be confused with Parlor Cocktail Lounge at The Mirage, is adorned with vintage chandeliers, artwork, and lush furniture. There is soft music that sets the tone and makes it a cozy space to indulge in your favorite cocktail. 

It is located within Bavette’s Steakhouse at Park MGM. Though it serves the same cocktails as the main room, it is a much quieter place to enjoy them. Find it by heading to the back corner of the main dining room, though it is only open on busy nights and weekends. 

Ski Lodge

Ski Lodge

Ski Lodge is an unmarked speakeasy bar within Superfrico, a restaurant that is a collection of eight distinct lounges and dining rooms curated by creatives located at The Cosmopolitan. Superfrico is an experience all on its own, but Ski Lodge transports you to another world. 

It has a large “window” overlooking a snowfall among the forest, a gorgeous stone fireplace with a climate-controlled fire, funky seating that is designed to be rearranged however you would like, and a warm, woodsy vibe. Ski Lodge also has creative cocktails and arguably some of the best pizza in town though you can order from the Superfrico menu as well. 

Finding the Ski Lodge is a bit of an adventure, though, as it is one of the speakeasies in Las Vegas that has kept the mystery alive.

Beauty and Essex

Beauty and Essex

When you pass Beauty and Essex at The Cosmopolitan, you’ll think that it is a pawn shop since there are guitars hanging on the wall and glass cases full of lavish items. However, it is actually a hidden bar and restaurant with a luxurious menu and modernized classic cocktails created by renowned chef Chris Santos. 

The experience is quite private as each party gets a table in their own jewelry box room and a play on the pawn shop storefront. 

On The Record/The Vinyl Parlor 

On The Record/The Vinyl Parlor 

On The Record is a speakeasy and nightclub at Park MGM. Hidden behind a secret door in a record store across from the Park Theater, you’ll find the two-story club featuring multiple unique areas, including an outdoor patio with a double-decker bus DJ booth, the main room with a Rolls Royce DJ booth, the living room adorned with plush couches, karaoke rooms, a private VIP area with bottle service, and more. 

On The Record also has The Vinyl Parlor, which isn’t necessarily hidden but does feature guest bartenders crafting cocktails that aren’t on the menu, which many people don’t know! 

Speakeasy Bars Off-Strip and Downtown

The Laundry Room

The Laundry Room

The Laundry Room has been a secret cornerstone of Sin City for nearly a century in some fashion or another. Fun fact: This location was originally the laundry facility for the historic El Cortez Casino. If the walks could talk, there would be quite a list of stories. Now, it is a speakeasy hidden somewhere among the walls of the Commonwealth Bar in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street

Inside the Laundry Room, there is only seating for 22, and a maestro at the piano sets the tone. When it comes to cocktails, you can’t go wrong with one of their creative signature drinks, but if you are feeling frisky, the barkeep will make you a one-of-a-kind drink that embodies whatever mood, sensations, and tastes you wish for. 

The Laundry Room is a reservation only, so you must text 702-123-4568 to get your name on the list. They also enforce authentic speakeasy rules, like no cell phones or PDA, among others, so ensure you learn them before you go!

Mas Por Favor

Mas Por Favor

Mas Por Favor is a Mexican restaurant right in the middle of a Chinatown strip mall. However, if you ask the cashier about “Tonight’s Delight,” you’ll be led down a secret hallway that looks like a drug tunnel complete with bags of “cocaine” to their speakeasy parlor. 

It is a tequila lounge with a modern yet vintage Mexican vibe and plenty of favorites on the drink menu. Fill up on tacos in the front, then start the after-party in the speakeasy.

Tsuya Sake Lounge

Behind an unassuming curtain at the host stand at Yui Edomae Sushi in Chinatown is Tsuya Sake Lounge, an intimate room offering a stunning food and sake menu. 

While Yui Edomae Sushi has an indulgent omakase experience, Tsuya Sake Lounge has its own menu that focuses on elevated Japanese small bites that pair perfectly with their curated sake lineup. To get in, make a call at (702) 202-2408. 

Datamosh

Omega Mart is a mind-bending, interactive art installation at Area15, which is a shopping, entertainment, arts, and dining venue with more than 200,000 square feet. 

On the outside, it may look like a basic grocery store, but if you look closer, it’s not quite what it seems. Omega Mart has bizarre, custom products and multiple secret portals, rooms, and passages, but one of them is extra fun. 

Datamosh is a hidden bar within Omega Mart serving up eight custom drinks on their cocktail menu. Discover cocktails like their El Silencio, which has a Mezcal base and flavors such as lime, tarragon, shiso, Lillet Blanc, and lastly, rosemary, which comes from the bubble filled with smoke that is placed right on top before serving! 

Now there are no signs, and the Omega Mart staff will not point you in the right direction, but if you go and interact within the installation, you’ll likely find it organically. However, we will give you a hint– it’s somewhere in the Pharmacy!

The Underground

The Underground

The Underground is located in the basement of the iconic Las Vegas Mob Museum in downtown. Not only is it a historical prohibition exhibit, but it is also a distillery, speakeasy, and private VIP room. 

The speakeasy is built around a well-stocked bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails and really embodies the atmosphere of the prohibition era. They also have live jazz music and other weekly entertainment. 

You can visit the speakeasy with or without visiting the Mob Museum, but you’ll need the password that changes weekly. Luckily, they post it on their website.  

Downtown Cocktail Room 

Downtown Cocktail Room 

The Downtown Cocktail Room is one of Las Vegas’s oldest continually operating bars, and while it is not a speakeasy in the traditional sense, it is discreet off the beaten path. You have to find the door to enter Art Alley near the Fremont East District. 

Once inside, you’ll find an upscale clandestine lounge with seasonal cocktail menus that change multiple times throughout the year and live music from resident and guest DJs. 

Mike Morey’s Sip’n’Tip

Speaking of the Downtown Cocktail Room, within its walls is another hidden speakeasy called Mike Morey’s Sip’n’Tip, though it does have its own entrance. Mike Morey’s Sip’n’Tip is much smaller, with a focus on simplicity and fun. 

To find it, you’ll first have to find the entrance to the Downtown Cocktail Room in Art Alley. Then, look around for a glass pane that doesn’t look the same as the others. Open it up, and you’ll find what you are looking for. 

Secret Bar

Secret Bar

Circa Las Vegas in downtown has one of the most elusive speakeasies in Las Vegas. It has been dubbed “Secret Bar,” though it hasn’t officially been named. This bar isn’t really hidden when it is open, but when it is closed, you will never know it is there. 

In the high-limit gaming area of the Circa casino, there is a wall adorned with a close-up of Marilyn Monroe’s eyes. When the bar opens, the entire wall rolls up into the ceiling, revealing a secret place to grab a craft cocktail. 

Though it mostly opens on the weekends, there are no set operating hours, so if you catch it, be sure to sit and enjoy the experience. 

The Shag Room

The Shag Room

The Shag Room at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has brought back the 60’s with a sexy, plush lounge serving up hand-crafted cocktails and featuring a shag carpet, a sunken conversation pit, velvet curtains, and everything you would expect from an Austin Power’s movie. They also have open mic nights and occasional live music. 

To find it, head to the Bar at Commons, which is the lobby bar, and find the photo booth. The photo booth is the entrance to The Shag Room, which is open Wednesday through Sunday. They also host a creative brunch alternative called Upside Down Tea on Sundays, which is an afternoon tea party with boozy teapots and unique finger foods.

Honorable Mentions

The Golden Tiki

The Golden Tiki

Though the Golden Tiki isn’t technically a speakeasy because the location is posted and it’s not really hidden, it is a classic tiki bar. It gives off the same vibe as speakeasies as you enter through a lava rock cave. 

You’ll find tons of fun decor items like a huge clam shell, a fully loaded treasure chest, and more as you sip on some extraordinary cocktails. It’s located in Chinatown and open 24/7, so this is a good one to hit after Tsuya Sake Lounge or Mas Por Favor!

Capo’s

Capo’s doesn’t require a password and is clearly marked, but it is themed like a mob-style speakeasy, complete with dim lighting and photos of Al Capone and other classic mob figures. 

Grab a red leather booth at Capo’s, order some of their traditional Italian favorites and feel like a mob boss. It’s just a short drive from anywhere on Las Vegas Blvd. 

Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit, located in the Downtown Arts District, may be stretching the definition of a speakeasy, but it deserves to make the list. 

Between the vintage furniture that doesn’t match, local art and music, and one of the best cocktail and craft beer lineups in the city, it’s not to be missed if you are looking for a speakeasy vibe. 

Find the Best Speakeasy Las Vegas Experience

Speakeasy bars in Las Vegas are all unique in their own way. While some are easier to find than others, they are always worth the hunt. Let us know which is your favorite!

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