Walking into Room 13 is like stepping back into time. Room 13 is a 1920s era speakeasy located in the basement of the Old Chicago Inn. Open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, you have to know the password to get in. When you arrive, you will have to walk down an alley on the side of the inn, go down the stairs, and knock on the basement door. The bartender will answer and ask you for the password, which changes weekly. Good news is you can get the password by making a reservation or staying at the hotel.
The speakeasy serves cocktails which were especially popular during the prohibition era. This means you can expect to find whiskey and gin cocktails rather than vodka and tequila. The bartender is incredibly knowledgeable and will also give you some history behind the drinks, while he is working his mixology magic.
There’s a cozy feel to this speakeasy, since it’s quite small and decorated in a 1920s style decor – big, plush leather armchairs, dark wood tables, and other vintage knick knacks add to the vibe. It’s also pretty quiet with soft, jazz age music playing over the speaker system. If you’re lucky, you may get to enjoy your drink while listening to live music.
Just make sure you are dressed for the occasion. Men should wear a jacket, and denim or athletic wear is prohibited.
If you want to get a taste of speakeasy life in the 1920’s, definitely check out Room 13.