Speakeasies and secret bars have been gaining popularity in the last few years. Usually they require a secret code to enter and offer specialty cocktails with a unique history.
During Prohibition in the United States, Detroit speakeasy were underground bars created to allow people to drink alcohol while it was illegal to sell or manufacture it. But while most of them have closed their doors, some still exist today.
One speakeasy that is open to the public, but requires a password, is Johnny’s in Royal Oak. Visitors must make a reservation to get the code to get in. The bar is inside the Alchemi restaurant, formerly Mr. B’s Gastropub, but the entrance is disguised as a refrigerator door.
Step Back in Time: Exploring the History of Detroit’s Speakeasy Culture
Another speakeasy that is open to the public, and does not require a password, is The Keep in Detroit. The basement bar has been redesigned to look like a hidden speakeasy, so you’ll feel like you’re in a different world when you go there.
A new establishment in Iron Mountain is doing something different with the concept of a speakeasy styled bar. It is built in a building that was around during the prohibition era, and it is trying to bring a little bit of history back to the U.P.
Another place to find a speakeasy in the state is 18th Amendment Spirits Co. Located in an old bank building, this distillery uses ingredients such as star anise and edible gold to craft their own whiskeys and gins, while offering bar appetizers and pub pizzas. Visit their official website or their Facebook or Instagram page for more information.
Weiss Distilling Co.
34 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017, United States