Today’s speakeasies aren’t the hidden and illegal places to obtain alcohol that existed during Prohibition, but instead are favorite bars that serve well-made and classic drinks. They often have an old-time ambience and nostalgia to them and have a relatively relaxed and casual atmosphere. Below are the best speakeasies scattered throughout West Virginia where you can find the type of ambience and drinks reminiscent of days gone by.
Voted Best Bar in the state by Southern Living Magazine, Tin 202 in Morgantown does it right when it comes to preparing classic cocktails and spirits. A very busy bar, the friendly bartenders are never too busy to make your favorite old-fashioned drink or suggest one that will become a new favorite. Sitting at the bar makes your experience even better. Located in what was once a home and pharmacy in 1895, you’ll feel the nostalgia when you walk through the doors.
Even though Apothecary Ale House & Café in Morgantown, West Virginia, isn’t the oldest bar by any means, it is reminiscent of the type of the speakeasies that were popular during Prohibition. The casual, laid back atmosphere makes you feel like you’re among friends, and the barkeeps give solid advice when selecting a drink of choice. They have a large selection of ice cold beers, and the food isn’t bad either.
You’ll find things on this mountain in Snowshoe, West Virginia, that you won’t find anywhere else, like Old Spruce Bar. Just open since 2010, it’s quickly developed a reputation for the best beer selection in 100 miles, and the bartenders and servers are friendly and get your food out fast. There’s a great casual atmosphere, but takeout is available. Try the smoked trout dip when you go.
With a special reverence to old-time ales, Stumptown Ales in Davis, West Virginia, embodies the passion of brewing and serving great beer. The philosophy here is “if you’re going to do something, do it right,” and that’s the mentality that was formed the town’s history almost 100 years ago. The atmosphere draws you in and back again, and the thought about food goes along with the beer for the perfect compliment.
This iconic tavern has been in operation in Parkersburg, West Virginia, since 1899. This is the longest continuously operating establishment in the state and the 122nd oldest bar in America according to Brookston Beer Bulletin. Brewing started in the last 20 years or so, and they grow their own hops used to create the beer. They have great pub food that includes burgers and fries. This is down home drinking and eating.