Top six real-life speakeasy bars

26th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy – Los Angeles

The-Del-Monte-SpeakeasyBased in Venice, Los Angeles, Townhouse was first established in 1915 under the name Menotti’s and its live entertainment basement bar The Del Monte continued to illicitly operate during Prohibition. Described as a “cultural and nightlife hub” during the dry period, illegal shipments of whiskey and rum were shipped through LA’s underground bootlegging network and into The Del Monte – thought to be one of the oldest continually operating bars in the city. Today, the bar stays true to its speakeasy roots, serving an array of drinks from the “Golden Era” of cocktail culture using classic bartending techniques.

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