Itinerary among the Speakeasy club of the capital
United States, the 1920s: we are in full prohibitionist age, a historic moment in which the sale, production and transportation of alcoholic beverages are prevented. It is in this scenario that a reality is born parallel to that known to everyone in which secret and whispered words, hidden spaces and under-the-table exchanges create a real dimension, that of speakeasy, or clandestine spaces created from hidden environments where you can have fun and indulge yourself a cocktail. Speakeasy has proliferated for some time in Rome, raising the average quality of drinking in the city thanks to refined and over-the-top cocktails. Hidden in a restaurant, camouflaged among the street doors or hidden inside the same bars, in these hidden corners the barman turns into the best friend ever had, with whom to drink a unique drink and have a chat at night. No luminous signs, nor large windows, because speakeasy must be hard to find.
In secret places or speakeasy entry is strictly with the password, word that the legend attributes to Kate Hester, manager of a saloon that had gone to illegality to serve alcohol, keeping the local semi-secret and imposing rules including first of all speaking in a low voice. Here are five destinations to discover in the capital, subject to the password.
Let's start with the Jerry Thomas, where every evening you can breathe in a great Gatsby style: dark walls, low sofas, gilded mirrors, here the bartenders wear gilet and elastic on the sleeves of the shirt while the cocktails are served in iron cups with ingredients secrets and details. Hidden in a small alley behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you knock at an anonymous door and entry is allowed only to those who use the password that changes often; it is forbidden to sleep on the tables, talk about politics and religion. Among the rules of the place, the most important of all: the Bartender is always right!
The Race Club
We continue our itinerary and arrive in via Labicana, a stone's throw from the Colosseum where, between sourdough and potholes, we enter the Race Club: apparently a mechanical workshop, in its basement is hidden a themed speakeasy in which the combination of motorcycling and club private life gives the club a special character. Beyond the flight of stairs, soft lighting and vintage details contrast with the presence of a motorcycle workshop where you can spend pleasant moments tasting one of the cocktails prepared by the bartender.
The Barber Shop
Barber during the day, with swivel chairs, waxes and curls, clandestine clubs at night: in this speakeasy, just behind the Colosseum, there are only drinks as in the best of the Anglo-Saxon traditions. Live music in the background, the place will captivate you even before sitting down to sip your first cocktail. Access is allowed only to members with a card.
No wine or beer, food, but only whiskey, tequila, rum and gin on the counter of this place. And above all twelve creative blends: in this speakeasy set in the Osteria delle Coppelle, you can enjoy quality cocktails just a stone's throw from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Entering the restaurant, hidden behind a door, which will open only after having whispered the password, you will find this private club: remember that we speak of a speakeasy, the unexpected is a must.
In this speakeasy criminal friendly in the Ostiense area with a retro atmosphere and style of the '30s, you ring the bell and the peephole opens asking for the password. Here crates of whiskey and liqueurs take the place of the tables, the cocktail bar is taken care of down to the smallest details, including the password.