Top six real-life speakeasy bars

26th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Chumley’s, New York

Chumley'sFormer New York speakeasy, Chumley’s, is a well known Prohibition-era drinking hub which became a popular watering hole for influential writers, poets, playwrights and journalists in the 20th century. It still has the authentic trap doors and secret staircases used in days gone by, as well as its historic entrance on 86 Bedford Street – ‘86’ became a code word in the establishment to hurry customers out of the hidden entrance during Prohibition police raids. The bar has been closed since 2007, after the chimney in its dining room collapsed, though there is talk about reopening the venue – although progress has been slow.

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