Blink twice and you might miss it. Downtown Miami’s premier luxury hotel, InterContinental Miami, is pulling back the curtains to a new top-secret hideaway that’s as close as you can get to a real speakeasy without a time machine. It’s called Freddys Speakeasy and it’s located in one of the ballrooms on the property.
You’d have to make arrangements prior to showing up, as once you reserve the experience, you’ll be given instructions that lead to the hidden location, where a secret knock will unlock the door.
Once inside, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Prohibition era and be greeted with a taste of a Four Ballades cocktail, made with Casa Noble infused with cilantro, Cointreau, fresh lime and simple syrup. The cozy and low-lit den, along with the bartender and flappers, really play up the vibe to make you feel like you’re hiding out to sip on some liquor. There’s classic posters on the wall, vintage furnishings, plush seating, props to dress up and a dazzling candlelit bar stocked with bottles that add to the sultriness and mystery in the atmosphere.
Signature cocktails, beginning at $18, include the “Green Light” made with rich, sweet and smoky decadent blend of Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Green Chartreuse, chocolate bitters, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup; “Not Your Mama’s Mamajuana,” a unique take on the island of Hispaniola’s fabled drink featuring 1888 Brugal Dominican Rum infused with InterContinental Miami’s herb blend; “Envied Elegance” featuring Tito’s Vodka, Domaine de Canton, lime, cucumber essence and peach bitters and topped with Peychaud’s bitters; and “Tipsy Whisper” featuring Casa Noble, Cointreau, lime juice and lavender reduction.
Freddys Speakeasy is named after the famed 19th century Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric François Chopin, whose name adorns both the street the hotel is located on and one of its ballrooms. It may or may not be the ballroom that this speakeasy is located at. We don’t want to give too much away.
Located at 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami, Freddys opens on Thursday, August 25, and for every Thursday, Friday and Saturday after that, guests can step into the cocktail club’s historic atmosphere and meticulously crafted libations. Reservations are definitely a must and are accepted for a 2-hour window per group with seatings at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Due to it being such an intimate setting, Freddys can only hold up to 12 people.
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