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Throw It Back To The Roaring 20’s At This Top Secret Speakeasy In Fort Lauderdale

By Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

Throw It Back To The Roaring 20’s At This Top Secret Speakeasy In Fort Lauderdale

Break out the charleston, the gin, and the mystery, Room 901 is bringing the roaring 20s back to South Florida.

There’s something particularly alluring about the roaring 1920s and its speakeasies. The secretive, vicarious forbidden feel of transporting back to the prohibition makes imbibing cocktails in dimly lit dens all the more tantalizing and Room 901 has it down to a tee.

Blink twice and you might miss this top-secret speakeasy. Disguised as a guest room in the Hyatt Center Las Olas, the sultry speakeasy gives off major Prohibition vibes that will have you dusting off your best flapper dresses and pinstripe suits.

Photo courtesy of Room 901

Discretion is the name of the game at Room 901, which has transformed the otherwise inconspicuous room into a lavish drinking den complete with velvet-lined furniture, vintage decor, and a record player. Sultriness and mystery hang in the air at this secret spot which offers whimsical cocktails with names like “Late Check Out” and “The Butler Did It” inspired by the roaring 20s.

An equally alluring food menu by  Executive Chef Greg McGowan offers a selection of innovative flavors with dishes like Mini Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls; Roasted Bone Marrow with Spicy Pickled Vegetables, Peach and Mango; and House Fried Potato Chips tossed in Duck Fat and served with Truffle Crème Fraiche.

Room 901’s bartender-in-residence program invites bars and bartenders from around the country that has struggled as a result of the pandemic to host pop-up sessions each week. So far these have included  The Gibson, an iconic speakeasy owned by half of the electronic DJ duo Thievery Corporation, as well as Miami-based mixologist Gio Gutierrez and Ben Potts & Gui Taroschy of Unfiltered Hospitality.

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Photo courtesy of Room 901.

Austin’s Midnight Cowboy is acting as the speakeasy’s current bartender-in-residence until Sunday, April 18, followed by takeovers from  Nashville’s Red Phone Booth (May 9-17), New York’s 67 Orange Street (May 25 – 30), and Los Angeles’ Adult’s Only (June 8-12).

Room 901 opens Thursday through Sunday for two-hour tastings at 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sessions are limited to groups of six people and there is a minimum of $50 food and beverage consumption per person. Reservations are definitely a must, especially since you won’t be able to get in on the party unless they send you the password!

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[Featured image courtesy of Room 901]

Psst! Want to know how to find the speakeasy? Look for the red light next to an unmarked door at the end of the hallway on the hotel’s 9th floor. Knock twice.