Check out Red Rooster’s hip new speakeasy, the Pool Hall!
Technically, the Pool Hall isn’t new, it’s actually been around for quite some time. Founded in 1954 by club promoter and musician, Clyde Killens, this iconic billiards club was at the center of Overtown’s bustling nightlife hosting the likes of Muhammad Ali and boxer Archie Moore.
But like many of the venues that saw Ella Fitgerald, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin and many others perform on their stages, the Pool Hall eventually closed down in the early ’80s for good — Or so we thought.
Overtown’s popular Red Rooster restaurant has taken to restore the Pool Hall to its former glory and recently reopened it as a “brand new” speakeasy and lounge. To find it all you got to do is enter through Red Rooster’s Creamery and head up the staircase covered with pictures of the famous and everyday people of Overtown in the ’60s and ’70s.
Featuring stylish vintage décor complete with wooden accents, a vintage pool table and plenty of memorabilia, the space itself pays homage to Overtown’s golden age of entertainment with a slight, modern Miami twist. Here you’ll find plenty of events taking place week to week as well as stellar lineup of top-rated DJs and live bands.
The new Pool Hall also features a swell new cocktail menu designed by Red Rooster’s bar manager Nick Mezza, offering vintage-inspired concoctions such as the “Strawberry Acres” made with E11even Vodka and the “Harlem Sour” with bourbon, Cherry Heering, pinot noir, rosemary, and fresh lemon.
To keep you well-fed and fueled throughout your full night of dancing, the Pool Hall also offers a selection of Southern-style bites created by chef Tristen Epps including mouthwatering options such as cornbread madeleines with spicy honey butter, chicken and caviar chips and hot honey rooster nuggets.
The Pool Hall opened last Saturday, September 25, and is now open every Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. So if you feel like partying like it is 1960 don’t forget to check this awesome new speakeasy out!