If you’ve followed my previous articles, you’ll know I’m based in the state of Utah. Utah, a place where the lines between church and state sometimes blur due to the significant presence of the Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons. But it’s not the only state where religious influence impacts laws. States like Texas still have dry counties, at least from the last time I visited family there. I’ve often wondered if this unique blend of religion and regulation has influenced the emergence of speakeasy-style establishments in many of the places I’ve explored. Prohibition Bar and Restaurant fully embraces this theme.
Step Back in Time
From the moment you arrive at Prohibition Bar, you’re transported back to the 1920s. Parked in front is a vintage car reminiscent of that era, setting the stage for what’s to come. As you step inside, a hostess dressed in 1920s attire warmly greets you. The interior feels like a boutique shop adorned with jewelry, antiques, and cozy loveseats. But here’s the twist – there’s a secret password, shared on their Instagram page, @prohibitionutah. Once you’re in the know, you’ll discover that the entrance is cleverly disguised as a bookshelf, which swings open to reveal the hidden bar.
An Authentic Speakeasy Experience
As the bookshelf door swings open, you’re greeted by the vibrant ambiance of a 1920s speakeasy. The bar is well-stocked, a stage awaits live performances, and yes, there are even poles. What’s that, you ask? Well, they offer burlesque performances and various other events to make your night truly unforgettable. It’s probably not what you’d expect in a state known for its strict tobacco and alcohol regulations. Prohibition Bar defies expectations with a range of events and experiences, including “Spirits and Sticks,” “Burlesque and Blues,” and many more, all detailed on their website, prohibitionutah.com.
Seasonal Cigars and Spirits
While the allure of cigars and spirits is undeniable, they’re available only in the warmer months. This limitation arises from the Clean Air Act in Utah, which prohibits indoor tobacco use. Sadly, this means there are no indoor cigar lounges in the state.
A Culinary Adventure
As you take your seat, a delightful menu awaits, offering a plethora of dining and drinking options. Meals are themed, with choices like “Bootlegger Nachos,” “Mob Cob Salad,” and the “Six Toe Cuban Panini.” The drink menu is equally intriguing, featuring concoctions like “Absinthe Mind” and “Bourbon and the Beast.” Speaking of the latter, it’s not just a drink; it’s an experience. Served on a platter with a glass cover, the presentation is a show in itself. As the cover is lifted, smoke swirls out, revealing a drink adorned with a rose. It’s a surefire way to impress even the most seasoned date or a spouse who’s seen it all.
A Complete Experience
In a world where some bars and restaurants prioritize presentation over substance, Prohibition Bar stands out. Here, you’ll not only find impeccable presentation but also top-notch quality in both food and drink. It’s an establishment that delivers an unforgettable experience, defying Utah’s stringent regulations on alcohol, tobacco, and nightlife.
Beyond the Bar
Utah, despite its heavy regulations, hides gems like Prohibition Bar. If you’re into outdoor activities like exploring national parks, winter sports, or mountain biking, this state offers a wealth of opportunities to explore.
Local Cigar Enthusiasts
For those intrigued by cigars, you might be surprised to learn that Apostate Cigars calls Utah home. To delve into their story and products, check out an article by Jonose on Cigar Public.
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Prohibition Bar is more than just a place to enjoy a drink; it’s a journey back in time, an exploration of flavor, and a testament to the enduring allure of speakeasies. Utah’s regulations may be strict, but they haven’t stopped this hidden gem from shining brightly. Come for the history, stay for the experience.