Rhode Island was never a fan of prohibition—in fact, it never ratified the famous 18th amendment, and therefore it ignored the ban on spirits for the most part. You might have to look closely to find these hidden speakeasies in Rhode Island, but they’re certainly worth finding! Here are our favorites.
The Rathskeller has put a great deal of effort into restoring the building that once housed a speakeasy in the back woods of Charlestown. Now, the restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Grab a drink at the mahogany bar any day until 1 a.m. You’ll appreciate the 80-year-old murals along the walls that show off the bar’s long and fascinating history. Just ask a bartender to tell you stories about the place’s former glory.
This private event space is hidden back within the Ladder133 Sports Bar and Grill. “The Jake” is a term for Boston-area firefighters, thus fitting with the theme of Ladder133. If you’re lucky enough to make it back there, you’ll love the Wi-Fi, comfy seating, private bathrooms and fully stocked bar.
Don’t be fooled by the lingerie store entrance—just walk past the curtain and you’ll find a swanky Art Deco-style bar with an intimate feel. The bouncer says some people don’t even realize there is a bar in the back, so this is a true speakeasy-style joint!
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Try a cocktail straight from the Prohibition era while dining at Adeline’s a cozy place serving up homemade food from a cozy, intimate setting. Cocktails include the Tom Collins, Gin Rickey, Sidecar and—of course—a whiskey sour. You’ll love the great hand-stenciled ceiling tiles and wall décor, all recently installed when Adeline’s came under new ownership.
You simply cannot beat this spot. Its website is sparse, offering up little information about the space except for where it’s located and a photo of some of the interior. You have to see it for yourself to truly experience its very cool vibe. While you’re here, enjoy a Ginger Sidecar, Old Fashioned, or St. Germain Cosmopolitan.