Top six real-life speakeasy bars

26th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Bourbon and Branch, San Francisco

Bourbon-and-BranchWith strong connections to bootleggers from Vancouver, owner J. Russell was able to illegally operate San Francisco’s hidden haunt Bourbon and Branch from 1921 until 1933. History shows that from 1921 to 1923, the venue was listed in the San Francisco Telephone Directory as The Ipswitch – A Beverage Parlor, before being acquired by Russell and listed as JJ Russell’s Cigar Shop. But of course, cigars were not the key nature of the business. Fast forward to the 21st century and Bourbon and Branch has worked to maintain the same ambience from the 1920s. In true speakeasy style patrons are expected to abide by house rules, including to “please speak-easy” in hushed tones as they would have been required to back in the day. Plus, much as the name suggests visitors can expect whisky-based concoctions from Canadian and Bourbon to Scotch, as well as a smattering of other dark spirits including Tequila and rum.

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