An Inside Look at America's Best Speakeasies

We all have our favorite bars: the local go-to spots with good drinks, good music, and good people. But sometimes we need something a little bit more… special. That’s when we turn to our neighborhood speakeasies, the spots you most likely won’t stumble into on your own — mostly because you’d never find them. Hidden behind unmarked doors, secret entrances, or guarded stairwells, these Prohibition-era inspired throwbacks add a hint of mystery and intrigue to a night out, combining a sense of exclusivity with serious mixology.

Inspired by Armani Code Sport’s Dive into the Night Foursquare competition, we offer a roundup of some of the best of these hideaways around the country. Check out the ones you don’t know, tell us your own favorites in the comments, and wherever you go, be sure to check in and take part in the Foursquare challenge — you could win a bottle of Armani Code Sport daily, or even the grand-prize trip to NYC for an Armani shopping spree.

Click through the links below to see all our speakeasy selections.

PDT (Please Don’t Tell), New York

NYC’s most well-known speakeasy isn’t much of a secret anymore, so there’s no real need to honor the request in its acronym of a name. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it never gets old going through the secret entrance — an old-school phone booth located in late-night hot-dog hangout Crif Dogs. Drinks are made with freshly sourced ingredients in mind, both sweet and savory (bacon-infused bourbon is among the options); and with hot dogs available from next door, you won’t go hungry either. Like most of the entries on this list, of course, it’s small inside, so reservations are recommended.