The 7 Best Speakeasies in Connecticut!

It is estimated that during Prohibition, there were at least 1,500 speakeasies in Connecticut. Though speakeasies no longer remain, several of Connecticut’s legally serving bars emulate the speakeasy feel with wood-paneled walls and exposed brick. Read on to learn more about Connecticut’s not so secret speakeasies! 

1. Ordinary, New Haven, CT

Located inside the Taft Hotel, the building itself has hundreds of years of history and boasts numerous famous visitors and appearances in several novels. Ordinary preserves this past beautifully with wood paneling on the walls, an intricate ceiling, and large fireplaces. The long, wooden bar is well stocked with bottles and bottles of alcohol and glasses in all shapes and sizes.

2. Noble & Co., West Hartford, CT

Immerse yourself in the speakeasy vibe at Noble & Co., an elegant bar with great food. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail using artisan ingredients mixed by one of their well-trained bartenders. One of the stand-outs on the drinks menu is the Noble Mule, which contains St. Germain, cucumber, lime nectar, ginger beer, and more flavorful ingredients.

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3. Little River Restoratives, Hartford, CT

Little River Restoratives has beautiful exposed brick walls and open wooden shelves stocked full of a wide range of liquors. Grab a seat at the long wooden bar and order up a cocktail or grog. Live music is also frequently on the events calendar to liven up your evening out.

4. The Hidden Still, Ellington, CT

Order a flight of moonshine and you’ll definitely be drinking something a bit reminiscent to what one might have imbibed during Prohibition. Moonshine cocktails are also available and 10 different moonshine brands distilled across the U.S. are available to order. The Hidden Still also serves food to go with your drinks.

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5. The Goose American Bistro & Bar, Darien, CT

With wooden paneling, intricate ceilings, and hanging lights casting a warm glow about the bar, the Goose provides a classic speakeasy atmosphere. Patrons will also find a delicious lunch and dinner menu prepared by their Italian chef. On the menu are small bites such as burrata and tomatoes and panzanella salad, and larger meals like chicken osso buco or ricotta gnocchi.

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6. Match, South Norwalk, CT

Match provides diners and drinkers with an industrial, urban chic space with seating at two bars and dining rooms. Grab a seat at the central bar for a front row seat of watching craft cocktails being made. On the menu, you’ll find craft cocktails such as a whiskey cocktail and the unique Nectar. Seasonally inspired drinks are also available.

7. TK’s American Café, Danbury, CT

Though now a sports bar serving up wings and burgers, TK’s was originally one of Connecticut’s most popular speakeasies. With all of the TVs currently in TK’s, one might be hard-pressed to find that speakeasy vibe, but it was once a speakeasy and when the Volstead Act was repealed, it became Danbury’s first bar and was known as Bennie Pane’s Stone Bar.

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