Speak Softly, Speakeasy

The rip-roaring days of the 20’s are back in a big way the form of a slew of speakeasy’s taking the Chicago bar scene by storm. After all, what happens in the prohibition room stays in the prohibition room. Here are some of the secret haute spots to get your drink on in private.

The Violet Hour

Love it or hate it, the Violet Hour, allusive lux cocktail lounge hidden behind the ever-changing graffiti’d walls, remains one of the most talked about bars in Chicago. Repeatedly called one of the best bars in the country with inspiration drawn from the early 19th century English and French saloons, this sexy set-up truly puts the art of the cocktail on display with drink concoctions that will knock your socks off.

1520 N. Damen Ave. 773.252.1500. www.theviolethour.com

Curio at Gilt

Opening this weekend, Gilt is the latest bar to add a secret underground drinking room. With dark, sexy lights, leather and mirrors, indulge in one of their “elixirs or potions” for a don’t ask, don’t tell kind of night.

230 W. Kinzie St. 312.464.9544. www.giltbarchicago.com/

1914 at the Red Ivy

Though technically one of the signature Wrigleyville bars on the outside, the hidden backroom of the Red Ivy, accessible only through the bar is well worth putting up with the boisterous Cubs fans for. Clad in early 1900’s attire, drinks are served in tea cups to confuse the police. Slink back into the velvet, curtained booths and enjoy the privacy. F the Popo.

3525 N. Clark. 773.472.0900. www.RedIvyChicago.com