Have you ever heard of secret bars or speakeasy bars? These are bars which usually don’t have any signs and are situated in ordinary buildings, where you wouldn’t expect them. WNFdiary is a big fan of hidden bars and there are multiple reasons for that.
1. Random bypassers can’t find it
Which means people there will be mostly for the same reason as you – Good drink and laid down atmosphere. There is also hard to find some grumpy dudes looking for trouble in those places. I think these are essentials for having your drink and enjoying the moment.
2. The drink you order will surely be delicious
Why can I be so sure? Because these bars bet on the customers for spreading the good word, personal marketing, and, of course, social media advertising. The good news travels fast. However, the bad ones have ten times the speed of the good ones. So, if you want to have a good reputation your service must be good at all times. The offer in these bars is less mainstream, so don’t expect Cuba Libre type of cocktails. The final product is usually the tasty masterpiece of a talented barman or a Bar Chef. It’s not rare to find someone with a barman trophy in a pocket behind the bar. The enthusiastic staff often participate in different cocktails competitions. So, it’s justified to expect more creative drinks in a bar where imagination has no limits.
3. Signature cocktails
There is a hidden bar in which you can have a Tom Yum cocktail. It is a signature cocktail of a barman and when he is off duty you can only listen about it. That happened to us when we were there. However, I got what it takes to imagine how creative and delicious this drink must be. In the same hidden bar, we were surprised that they don’t have the menu. The preferred flavors and guest’s feelings are put in the foreground. The offer is totally personalized, and I liked that idea of my drink actually made just for me. What we wanted in our drinks was to feel the tropics and the ocean. As we were already in high spirits, we didn’t have some special requests, just to remain cheerful. Two versions of splendid cocktails were definitely far from the usual summery drinks. The flavors and appearance were exquisite.
4. The ambiance
Regardless the style, which can vary from modern to hipster, homey… it’s an eye candy. Good music and laid-back feeling are the common ground. Guests that make an effort to find the place appreciate the quality drink and cherish the culture of Mixology. People come to secret bars to enjoy their drink and socialize. No one is harassing anyone.
They aren’t only creative when it comes to drink, but also in others approaches. For example, in one hidden bar we get through a fridge, which was in an ordinary coffee shop. So, at daytime there is a small coffee shop, which is used as a gateway to the hidden bar. How creative is that?
How to find hidden bar?
How did we find the hidden bar? The first one was a suggestion from our friend who lives in the city. The hint for the second one, we got at the BBQ party. If you don’t know the locals you can also search on the web and check the social media. There are many hidden bars and I’m sure it doesn’t take too long to find a few.
Speaking of hidden trends, there is another hit that we haven’t tried yet. That is the underground kitchen. The host is someone who likes to cook, and it doesn’t matter whether they are a professional or not. They transform their home into a restaurant for a small culinary experience that lasts for a few hours. There is a small group enjoying this meal and you can have direct contact with your chef.
So, yeah, hidden treasures are always the ones we cherish the most. The next time you go to the big city make an effort and go to a hidden bar instead to the one next door. Make a change and enjoy your drink. If you feel that is worth revisiting, let us know. That goes for hidden bars and underground kitchens as well.