Salt Lake boasts a lively bar scene, offering patrons the opportunity to indulge in classic cocktails and experience the nostalgic allure of bygone eras. As a city with a history steeped in speakeasies during the Prohibition era, Salt Lake was a hotbed for covert drinking dens. Today, a handful of these historical speakeasies still remain, while others have been imaginatively reimagined, transformed into trendy bars that pay homage to their secret past. Let’s take a look at some of the best speakeasy-inspired bars that Salt Lake has to offer, where you can transport yourself back in time and savor a drink in a setting that captures the alluring glamor and intrigue of the 1920s.


The Rest at Bodega Nestled in the heart of Salt Lake lies the tiny bar  Bodega, which exudes an aura of mystery and intrigue. Bodega is more than just a typical bar, it also houses a hidden speakeasy known as The Rest. Descend the stairs to find the subterranean gem that awaits you, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the 1920s. Dark wood, macabre taxidermy, and antique books add to the bar’s atmospheric charm, while the ample selection of premium whiskey and other classic cocktails ensure you’ll be well primed for a night of relaxation and indulgence.

The menu is constantly changing but their famous Beer Can Chicken has earned a permanent spot due to its sheer popularity. This delectable creation features an entire chicken breast, delicately stuffed with beer and cooked to mouthwatering perfection. Served alongside with tender potatoes and crisp asparagus, all smothered in a luscious creamy sauce.  It takes about 45 minutes to order so don’t wait to place your order. When it comes to the drinks, the establishment’s policy is shrouded in secrecy. From cocktails and wine to beers and bitters, rest assured you will not be disappointed.

Rabbit Hole Lounge at Lake Effect– As you make your way down the stairs into the Rabbit Hole Lounge, a surge of anticipation washes over you–it’s as though you’re gaining access to an exclusive club. With its flickering candles and carefully curated decor, the Rabbit Hole is a veritable boutique of sorts–a unique and unforgettable space that is perfect for hosting parties and events. However, it’s not just the size and at

mosphere of the Rabbit Hole that makes it a sought after spot, it’s the energy that permeates every corner of the space, alive with the sounds of jazz from the ‘20s.

The dinner menu has just about everything you can think of, from fried pickles to ahi poke bowls. However, it’s the cocktails that are my favorite here. It’s not just the unique and quite hilarious names that prompt you to order them, it’s the flavor and quality of ingredients that make them my favorite. From nutty to tropical to sweet to sour, they have everything, with my personal favorite being the Hogsmead–a drink that feels like fall. With pineapple Plantation rum, mixed with cinnamon, High West simple and whipped cream. If you’re a Harry Potter fan this is definitely the best “dirty” dupe of butterbeer.



Prohibition It would feel wrong to exclude Prohibition in an article on speakeasies in Salt Lake. Located right outside the city in Murray, this 1920s inspired hotspot takes you completely back in time, making it the perfect destination to experience the glamor and intrigue of the roaring twenties. Although Prohibition isn’t a speakeasy, it oozes the vibe and atmosphere of the era with its eclectic decor, ambient lighting and vintage furnishings.

Prohibition offers a unique and unforgettable experience with its retro-themed ambiance and top-notch drinks and food. The food menu here is a standout with the best bites you’ve ever had in a bar. While the cocktails range from classic to innovative. Their bartenders are true artists and know how to create the perfect libation. So, slip on your flapper dress or fedora and head to Prohibition for an evening filled with good food, great drinks and even better company!

Rare Room—Inspired by the new trend in “dark room decor,” Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops unveiled a new speakeasy-style room teeming with sultry red lights and moody decor. The menu features all of the favorites found on Spencer’s menu, along with decadent cocktails that capture the spirit of the bygone era.

The Backdoor– Nestled down the alley on Edison Street behind Laziz Kitchen, Backdoor is a cozy, speakeasy-style cocktail lounge that exudes an intimate and secretive vibe. It’s the perfect spot to unwind with friends over dinner and drinks after a long day. The menu features food items from the new Laziz Kitchen, so you know you’re in for a treat. As you walk into the seductively lit room, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a scene from a classic movie. The ambience is further enhanced by the tiny little lambs on the tables, making you feel as if you’re the only one there.

The bartenders at Backdoor are truly amazing. They are highly-skilled and can whip up a delicious cocktail for any mood or occasion. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or experimental, they’ve got you covered. The drinks are not only delicious but visually stunning, so be sure to get your cameras ready for those insta-worthy drink pics.


Hide & Seek—By day, the newly opened cafe Bonnie & Clyde’s serves sandwiches with a smile. But when night falls, the space comes alive with delicious debauchery. Hidden behind a brightly colored bookcase, Hide & Seek speakeasy is dressed in its prohibition best with sultry decor and a full bar. As of this writing, the speakeasy is not quite open, check their socials for the most recent updates.