Used mostly during Prohibition from 1920 to 1933, the term speakeasy referred to bars that were illegally selling alcohol. The term today refers to bars and lounges that have a retro or 1920s look or feel to them. Speakeasies were found mainly in rural or secret places, but today these bars are popular in urban area and big cities like Atlanta. Here are some great Atlanta bars that offer a retro speakeasy feel along with great food and drink.
327 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Pizzeria Vesuvius is a pizza parlor and a speakeasy all in one. The speakeasy is in the back and behind a secret door. Pass through that door and you will feel like you are being transported back to the 20s. The drinks are a mix of old and new. All of the choices are delicious. Gin and bourbon specialties are on the menu along with boilermakers and beers you won’t find anywhere else. Grab a pizza and then grab a drink at Vesuvius.
Muss & Turner’s
1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309
Smyrna, GA 30080
Muss & Turner’s is a family restaurant with what looks like freezer door in the back. In fact, this door leads to the speakeasy bar. In the speakeasy, you will find craft beers and all sorts of booze. The look is right out a gangster movie with black accents and leather bar stools. Don’t do anything too crazy in front of the one-way mirrors, but make sure you have a great time at Muss & Turner’s.
1477 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Call it “Rocco’s Pub” or “Rocco’s Chili”, either way you are going to have a throwback experience at this neighborhood pub in Marietta. Those that know about Rocco’s keep coming back for more of the house chili, great food and cold drinks. Some might say that this place needs a little updating, but this shouldn’t be the case. Order the chili to start and maybe the fish and chips or melt or burger for your entree. Rocco’s is a speakeasy with a old time restaurant feel.
591-A Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Located in Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward, Ammazza is setting the standard for a neighborhood pizza and beer joint. Come for the food and drink, but soak up the retro and speakeasy feel. Start with the antipasta and end with any of their great desserts. The cheese and dough is prepared fresh daily and the stacked bar and attentive servers will keep you entertained and occupied until your food arrives. Ammazza has a non-threatening speakeasy feel so come and enjoy.
939 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Discreetly located in the back of the El Azteca Cantina in Midtown on Ponce, El Bar can be accessed through a painted door that only is open after 10 p.m. The authentic Mexican food like the “Burito Azteca” or the enchiladas will keep you coming back. House and guest DJs will spin a great selection of tunes as the night slips away. Great drinks and some of the best people in Atlanta each night at El Bar.
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