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Exploring the Underground, the Mob Museum’s Prohibition-era bar

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All this is just a password away.
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Imagine it’s 1925, alcohol is prohibited and the only way to wet your whistle is if you’re privy to the password. Say the wrong word and you’re on your own, but say the right one and the door opens, an evening of debauchery and mischief awaiting you downstairs.

Such is the setting of the Mob Museum’s new bar, The Underground. Modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy and in keeping with the museum’s theme, here you can learn all about the Roaring Twenties, jazz, the mob and more—plus explore a real distillery that produces 100-proof moonshine made from corn (and yes, it’s bottled and available for purchase).

Of course, presentation is key at the Mob Museum’s new bar—anything and everything to transport you back in time. Order an Underground Old Fashioned with bourbon, vanilla bean, brown sugar and bitters, and receive a glass of ice and an unassuming book—a discreet vessel that happens to be harboring your cocktail, perfectly mixed inside a glass bottle.

The Marlow is the Underground’s specialty, featuring bourbon, sherry, blackberry, lemon and rosemary for a velvety mouth-feel “and a hint of sass.” There’s also coffee cocktails like the Cuban—made with rum, banana, pecan, scalded milk and espresso—beer on draft (The Underground Ale is brewed on site), wine by the glass and more. Rumor has it there’s a secret door waiting to be discovered, too, but you didn’t hear it from me.

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