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During the 1920s known as the “Prohibition Era,” alcohol was outlawed, leaving people to drink in secrecy. Speakeasies were hidden bars that usually required a password to get into and drinks were often served in teacups to mask the alcohol in case they got caught. Today, Tampa Bay speakeasies preserve the allure of these clandestine watering holes, offering a glimpse into the past with their dark, cozy atmospheres.

While you don’t need to worry about being sneaky, there are several speakeasies in the Tampa Bay area (and yes, some do require a password!).

MORE IDEAS – If you’d rather have your date out in the open, head to one of these Awesome Rooftop Bars in Tampa Bay.

Now, let’s step back in time and check out the best speakeasies in Tampa Bay.

Dirty Laundry

1742 Central Ave, St. Petersburg 
Located in the Grand Central District of Downtown St Pete, Dirty Laundry is a café with a laundromat-themed ambiance by day (Sunday-Saturday). But by night, enter through a secret door and you’ll find yourself in a funky speakeasy with a Cuban flair (open Thursday-Sunday).

To enter, pick up the payphone and an automated voice will greet you and give you a code to type in. Once you get the code right, one of the washing machines turns into a door, giving you access to the speakeasy.

Their classic cocktail bar serves up pitchers to share, frozen mojitos, and plenty of unique flavors to add a little spice. The cocktail list plays on the Cuban theme, with drinks named Havana Mule, Cubana Mami, and Revolucion De Cuba.

Fuel your night with something from the food menu filled with Cuban-style tapas. 

This payphone is key to entering the speakeasy portion of Dirty Laundry

Madame Fortune’s Dessert + HiFi Parlor

1930 E. 7th Ave, Tampa
From the owners of the popular 7th + Grove comes Tampa’s latest hidden gem, Madame Fortune’s Dessert + HiFi Parlor. Located through a secret door at Ybor’s Roast Deli + Bakery, patrons can step back in time to a place that connects Tampa’s history to the present.

Madame Fortune is named in honor of Fortune Taylor, a former slave who became a landowner in Tampa in the 1890s and gave permission for a bridge on her land to connect east and west Tampa (which is known today as Laurel Street Bridge).

To make your way into the speakeasy, try using the phrase “Find your fortune.” From there, you’ll be transported back in time to a place filled with cocktails and Caribbean-influenced food like their popular Lobster & Shrimp Curry Stew and Sweet Potato Cornbread.
21+ only.

The Saint

49 24th Street North, St. Petersburg
Lurking behind a discrete, unassuming entryway along a side street in the Grand Central District of St. Pete, you’ll find The Saint. The Saint invites guests to confess life’s darkest sins and enjoy fine cocktails and good company. Relax while the Resident Mischief Makers serves you one of their 7 Deadly Sins specialty drinks.

For the truly daring, they offer an Absinthe Service. Watch as their beautiful absinthe drip prepares your cocktail during this tableside experience.

You can also indulge in one of their aptly named savory bites such as The Communion Board (charcuterie), Skewers of Sacrament, Hell of a Hummus and The Holy Bible (almond and Nutella sponge cake).
21+ only.

Image Credit: The Saint


Temporarily closed for renovations as of March 4, 2024. Re-opening date TBD.

2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa
This classic cocktail bar is located in the historic Bayshore Royal Building in Tampa and gives off old Hollywood vibes. Their cocktail menu is unique in that it uses traditional and historical techniques of mixing cocktails.

Patrons can sit at the bar or in one of their private booths and sip on crafted cocktails such as Bees Knees, Old Cuban, and Margarita de Casa. Their food menu has an eclectic mix of items like Truffle Popcorn, Saltwater Oysters, Duck Confit Poutine, and Bourbon Chocolate Cake.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Be sure to call ahead for the password before you step into another era.
21+ only.

Image Credit: Ciro’s

Bar Chica

1180 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Located tucked behind Bodega in St. Pete is Bar Chica. The dark ambiance with pops of teal and green makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time.  Their food menu has a Latin flair, and their signature cocktail menu includes hand-crafted cocktails such as Lemongrass-Infused Caipirinha and an Oaxaca Old-Fashioned.

Spookeasy Lounge

1909 N. 15th St, Tampa

Press the right spine on the shelf of the bookcase located on the second floor of the Stone Soup Company in Ybor and discover Tampa’s spookiest speakeasy. Unlike the other spots, Spookeasy Lounge is alcohol-free. Instead of cocktails and libations, they serve botanical teas, kava, and specialty coffees.

While you’re sipping on Sinister Sider, Wolfskinn Mead, or a Grave Digger, you can also order off their food menu. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner with frightening fare. Try the Texas Sandwich Massacre, Wicked Wings, and My Bloody BBQ Flatbread if you dare.

Those looking for spirits can head downstairs to their sister lounge, The Catacombs. There, you can try concoctions such as Love Potion, Vampire’s Kiss, and Mind Eraser.

Image Credit: Spookeasy Lounge

Pangea Alchemy Lab

1564 Main Street, Sarasota
Head down to Sarasota to find this speakeasy with a European-style twist. Using modern techniques and fresh ingredients, their mixologists are always coming up with unique twists on classic cocktails like the Blue Mule and the Cat Daddy Flip. They also offer a food menu with items you won’t see often such as Rabbit Tacos and Duck Spring Rolls.
21+ only.

CW’s Gin Joint

633 N. Franklin Street, Tampa
CW’s is a true throwback to a time when fine spirits were savored in a casual atmosphere. Named for its proprietor and designer, Carolyn Wilson, this vintage inspired hot spot features a delectable menu and an array of libations.

Their classic drink menu includes familiar cocktails such as Gin & Tonic, Old Fashioned, and French 75. Their menu of custom crafted cocktails is filled with items with names like Purple Rain, Monkey Business, Blazing Saddles, and Witch Doctor.

You can also nosh on plates like their Truffle Purple Potatoes, Angeled Eggs, Seafood and Grits, or House-Made Bolognese Pasta.

Mandarin Heights

5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa
Go back in time to this midcentury cocktail bar located in the heart of Seminole Heights. Dubbed the “cocktail laboratory,” Mandarin Heights has an array of drinks from classic cocktails to unique new ones. Make sure to follow them on Instagram so you can be in the know for new menu drops.

They even have seasonal drinks like the Eggnog and Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktails during the holidays and the Campfire Cocktail when the weather dips low. Head over on Wednesday for Whisky Wednesdays, where you can enjoy $6 old fashioneds while listening to live jazz from 5 pm-close.

Speaking of Instagram, make sure to snap a pic in their famous bathtub for that perfect photo op.

mandarin heights Seminole heights
Image Credit; Mandarin Heights

Mandarin Hide

231 Central Ave N., St. Petersburg
Mandarin Hide is the sister bar to Mandarin Heights. Though the carry craft beer and wine, their handcrafted cocktails are the star of the show. Their motto is “Pouring our spirits to raise yours.”

Each week on Test Kichen Tuesdays, they roll out a new menu of unique cocktails to try. Drink afficionados who want to take it a step further and learn how to create their own can even enroll in the Cocktail Conservatory.

In Between Days

2340 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Inspired by the underground bars of Tokyo, In Between Days is a dimly lit cozy little house adorned with 1972 Klipsch Cornwalls and a diverse vinyl collection.

What gives this place their speakeasy vibe is that there are no signs or logos – you truly need to know where to go. Their menu includes craft sake, wines, cocktails, and a rotating food menu. Because of its size, reservations are highly recommended and can be made for parties of two to four guests.


1500 W. Swann Ave., Tampa
Jekyll is a new, literary-themed bar located in Hyde Park. All the drinks on the menu are named in honor of short stories. What makes this bar a true speakeasy is how you enter. You’ll enter through Sesame, a bagel shop, and tell them the password. When your “order” is ready, you’ll be escorted to Jekyll.

Favorite drinks include Virtue’s Vice and Metamorphosis. Feeling fancy? Order the old-fashioned adorned with a gold leaf ice cube. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Star Trolley

260 1st Ave. South. St. Petersburg
Go back to the roaring ’20s at this super unique speakeasy on wheels. This converted trolley car gives off 1920s vibes both inside and out. But don’t let the size fool you – it can easily seat 30 guests. Equipped with a bar and lounge, this traveling speakeasy requires reservations and even offers special tours. It’s the perfect experience for a party, wedding, or special occasion.

Featured Image Credit: CW’s Gin Joint

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