Speakeasy ? As the word means, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverage. These bars were quite prevalent in the prohibited era of the United States! And they were so called because of the practise of speaking easy (read quietly) about such places in public. Quite a history!
Cocktails & Dreams- Speakeasy is an enigmatic and interesting place in the Sector-15 market of Gurgaon. A kind of retro styled bar of US that takes you to the old world charm of its recent past. The heavy entrance iron door reads ?Knock three times before you come in?- giving you a feeling of entering a prohibited area. You walk in and there?s foosball tables around n then you walk downstairs where the real life of the place is. The seating is simple and easy going with no frills attached! The walls are done up with posters from the Prohibition era and the music is mostly Jazz /Rock. The Bar is well stocked and simple, with lines of books related to bartending placed aesthetically in the bar area. Donning the centre is ?Cocktail & Dreams? by the man of the place himself- Yangdup Lama.
We were greeted by the ever-smiling Yangdup who is a professional bartender and has conceptualized the restro-bar. And yes he was giving his personalized touch at the bar, to the multiple cocktails that were making their way out to the tables. The bartenders were equally apt in their service with a smile on their face.
They say Speaks loves its live bands and they have regular gigs on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. As we were there on Feb the 14th, they were celebrating single?s day with ?The Speakeasy Boys, V 3.0?- they play the classic rock acoustic version - started off with some love classics and continued with great rock numbers -people humming along with the soulful music.
There were fun games thrown in to set up the mood of the guests that included impromptu questions like ?who has a red handkerchief? or ?who is wearing the biggest ring?? A guessing game with pen n paper which induced the maximum participation from the people around & the winners received goodies from the bar!! Quite beautiful concepts of including everyone n have fun!
The cocktails were tasty and unique in their own way. You can also go out and make your own cocktails with your own concoctions. Tried out a cocktail ?Whatever you Say? (and trust the bartender) ? Sparkling wine with Peach Schnapps! Custom made when we you provide the base flavour - a bubbly drink, the flavour of the wine merging well with the Peach Schnapps. It is the place to have some fabulous cocktails! Some specials for the day included ?Moonlight & Valentino, My Sweet Valentine, and many other interesting drinks infused with Black and Blue Label.
The food menu is purely American ? Chicken flatbreads, Nachos with salsa, stuffed mushrooms, sliders, etc. to name a few. The food compliments well with the drink.
Overall, a delightful casual place to let loose n relax the evening away with good music, good conversations indulged with cocktail blasts - definitely worth a visit.
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Article & Images By: Shivangi Sinha
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