By Evie Carrick
May 27, 2019
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With bars on practically every New York City corner, it’s hard to imagine a time when alcohol was prohibited and people had to meet secretly to enjoy a stiff drink. Today, the city is full of modern speakeasies that provide a taste of the thrill and secrecy experienced during the prohibition era — and arguably none are more popular than Slowly Shirley.

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Located under The Happiest Hour bar in the West Village, Slowly Shirley ticks all the boxes for an authentic speakeasy experience. Inside the lamplight-lit, subterranean bar, visitors are transported to the early '20s and '30s — when prohibition, the Jazz Age, and Hollywood’s Golden Age converged. Jazz music sets the tone along with Art Deco decor, and perhaps most importantly, libations are flowing.

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Slowly Shirley offers guests access to a curated collection of rare and vintage spirits, and a seasonal cocktail menu with offerings like the Silencio Old Fashioned, a cocktail made with Amburana Cachaça, gin, Angostura, absinthe, and cane.

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The bar is open Tuesday through Sunday starting a 6 p.m. and also has a food, beer, and wine menu.

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