Beginning in the 1920’s, speakeasies started as saloons that would sell alcoholic beverage during the Prohibition, as a precaution to getting raided by the police most speakeasies requires passwords to enter into the saloon. Today, the speakeasy trend is strong; most speakeasies has kept the concept of being exclusive bars requiring a password and having the decor to match the 1920’s and 1930’s theme. Here we will give you three speakeasies to check out.

Federal Bar

Located in an old 1920’s bank building in downtown Long Beach, Federal Bar serves as a restaurant and bar, but once entering through the old bank vault is where their exclusive speakeasy takes place. They often have DJ’s and live performers there, as well. The atmosphere and decor makes this a great speakeasy to check out.

Address: 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562-435-2000

The Edison


The Edison states, “(they) celebrate an era of invention and imagination - the blending of science, art, and industry.” From the architecture and decor to the food and beverages to the performances, The Edison keeps true to the Prohibition era to make for a true experience for the patrons.

Address: 108 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Exhibition Room

The Long Beach speakeasy is only accessible by going through the neighboring Roxanne’s Lounge, going into the 1940’s phone booth located by the pool tables, picking up the phone and giving the password, then the phone booth wall will open into The Exhibition Room. Once entering, it has a 40 seated person bar outfitted in old church pews. The exclusivity of this speakeasy gives the established more authenticity, and is one that we highly recommend.

Address: 1101 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone: 562-826-2940


Now that you know where to go, put on your best 1920’s attire and try out one of these speakeasies.

Francisco Macia

Francisco Macia is a staff writer for OC Foodie Fest. He is an Orange County native from Mission Viejo.He enjoys attending many events in Orange County and discovering new restaurants, bars and cool places in Orange County. When he's not writing, Francisco can be found body boarding at the beach or playing basketball with friends.

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