From 1920 to 1933, the U.S. was under Prohibition. That meant that alcohol could not be manufactured, sold, or transported within the entire country. Due to this, little establishments known as speakeasies that served alcohol began to pop-up in cities. They were often hidden in cellars, behind regular storefronts, and any other type of reputable establishment that could hide one. While alcohol is no longer illegal, and speakeasies aren’t necessary, but the speakeasy-style has lived on. If you want to experience the old world charm of a speakeasy, then head to Philadelphia’s Ranstead Room.
Back in Time
With an eye to design, each facet of the Ranstead Room has been made to look like it is in the 1920s. There is only room for 45 patrons, and finding the door to the bar itself can be tricky. If you persevere and look behind the El Rey building you will find it.
Tuck yourself into one of the wooden booths, and grab a signature cocktail from the bar—the Midnight City and the Dancing in the Dark are particularly good. There is also a small finger menu that patrons of the bar can snack on if they don’t feel like leaving the shadowy comfort of the speakeasy.