Anyone remember Chumley’s? This restored 1920s speakeasy-turned-restaurant/bar was described in New York Magazine as â€œcluttered with dog-eared photos of famous writers and the jackets of their most influential tomesâ€¦ It’s not hard to imagine Hemingway and Fitzgerald bickering in a back corner over a few too many whiskeys.â€ With a secret Barrow Street entrance, walking into Chumley’s was like stepping back in time. Alas, it went out of business in 2007 (again).
Speakeasy-esque places can still be found in our city. Just in case you didn’t know, speakeasies were establishments that illegally sold alcohol during Prohibition (1920â€“1932). Capitalizing on the â€œsecretâ€ and â€œexclusiveâ€ air they evoked, modern day speakeasies have popped up all over the place. This trend is anything but new, and you probably won’t find the â€œrealâ€ speakeasies here. Still sometimes it’s fun to slip away and pretend you’re an in-the-know badass. An article about six NY speakeasy-type bars (PDT, Employees Only, Little Branch, Death & Co, B Flat, and the Back Room) can be found here.
There’s a larger purpose to this post, however, which is to inform you about a â€œKiss and Tell Speakeasyâ€ party at Rose Live Music tomorrow (Wed) night! This is a FREE party where you can drink moonshine from teacups and dress up in Prohibition era swanky dresses or pose as Jazz greats, sugar daddies, girl Fridays, and rumrunners. And to celebrate our modern day Depression, for only $5, you’ll be served a pasta dinner too!!
DJ Smirk (aka Brandon Wolcott) will play a sexy set of Django, flanger, Billie Holiday edits, and possibly even some techno mash ups with fun jazz licks. While resident DJ Bethany Benzur will top the night off with some of her own intoxicating rare disco gems that are sure to make you break out into the jitterbug.
Kiss and Tell Speakeasy Party
Wednesday, January 27th
Rose Live Music
345 Grand Street (between Havemeyer St. and March Ave.) [Williamsburg]
$FREE; $5 pasta dinner
8pm â€“ 2am