There’s always something awe-inducing about a speakeasy, a very “now you see it, now you don’t” kind of vibe that harkens back to the days of magic shows at elementary school parties—except with bourbon instead of birthday cake, of course. Firehouse Lounge, which also houses an hostel, exudes that covert charm from the moment you enter through a false bookcase door in the lobby. Unlike many neo-speakeasies, however, the drinks here aren’t a whole lot of fluff served for $16 a pop. The bartenders at Firehouse know their stuff, and we dare you to think up a classic cocktail they can’t make quicker than you can say “abracadabra.” Plus, with near-nightly music spanning DJ sets to rock bands to jazz quartets, don’t be surprised if you disappear for hours on end.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.