Speakeasy is composed of three levels; the Music Lounge, the Bowling Mezzanine (which overlooks the Music Lounge stage) and the Ballroom, the Kabaret Room and the rooftop lounge, Terrace59.
The Music Lounge is comprised of stunning hardwood finishes and a roaring 20’s vibe. Guests can listen to local Austin musicians live on a near nightly basis. Enjoy a comfortable, yet classy atmosphere at one of our candlelit tables, or dance the night away on the spacious dance floor.
The Bowling Mezzanine offers a unique lounge setting with antique couches, a personalized bar, and two vintage bowling lanes, all of which over look the main music stage.
The 2nd floor now houses The Ballroom at Speakeasy, our 700-person capacity event and concert room for private events or private parties.
Pass the first floor double doors to the Kabaret Room for an intimate prohibition era vibe complete with pool table, stage, bar, and 1920s inspired lounge furniture.
Take a walk up 59 steps to our famous outdoor spot in Austin to take in the romantic view of the downtown skyline, Terrace59. With lit palm trees, full service bar and hip music, it is a chic and elegant way to spend an evening (or host a private event). The cover lends the opportunity to spend an evening with us rain or shine.
Thanks for choosing us, and enjoy your evening at Austin’s original “swanky joint.”
A Moment in History
During Prohibition, the bootlegging business was very prominent, and illegal “speakeasies” replaced saloons that had been shut down. Secretly operating in basements of abandoned buildings and office buildings, patrons would enter through the alley. You would need to either whisper the password of the night, knock a special knock, or have a membership card to gain access. An owl behind the bar meant it was the place to be. Be sure and take a look above our bar!
A Ghostly Factoid
These are some “old bones” in these walls. Speakeasy, located in the historic Kreisle Building, which was built in the 1870’s, has been continuously serving up great live music and great cocktails since 1997.
On July 26, 1916, the three-story building caught on fire (check out the stage backdrop. This is a picture of that fire. It’s the middle of July and they are wearing 3-piece wool suits!) and it sustained substantial damage. Tragically, James “Jimmy” Glass, an Austin Firefighter, and two women unable to escape from the elevator and lost their lives that day. That elevator still sits at the front of the building next to the front windows. The building was rebuilt as a two-story building and has been haunted ever since. Jimmy Glass’ badge number? 13
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s the Army/Navy Surplus store operated out of the building. After that, Oscar Snowden Appliances occupied the building. Then, in 1997, the legendary drinking establishment was established.
Alongside the addition of Speakeasy to the Kreisle Building, Director Richard Linklater of Dazed and Confused fame, established a state-of-the-art viewing and editing facility called the Austin Film Center on the 2nd floor. The 2nd floor now houses The Ballroom at Speakeasy, our 700-person capacity event and concert room.
The Kreisle Building is a City of Austin Historic Landmark and contributes to the National Register-listed Congress Avenue Historic District. ATX, baby!
Speakeasy Celebrity Guests
There is never a dull night at Speakeasy. If you are out to try and catch a glimpse of celebrities that are passing through town in Austin, you have a really good chance here! See below some of the superstars who have walked through our doors!
Daryl “Moose” Johnston
Dave Wakeling – The English Beat
Ethan Hawke – Oscar® Nominated Actor
Forest Whitaker – Oscar® Winning Actor
G.W. Bailey – Police Academy Chief
George Clooney – Oscar® Winning Actor
George Wendt – Cheers
Gwen Stefani – No Doubt
Harry Connick Jr.
Jack Black – Tenacious D
Jerry Jeff Walker
Jessica Simpson’s Bachelorette Party
Jodie Foster – Oscar® Winning Actress
Jon Favreau – Director of Iron Man
Julianna Margulies – ER & The Good Wife
Kenny Dale Johnson – Drummer from Chris Isaak
Kevin Spacey – Oscar® Winning Actor
Kirk Herbstreet & the ESPN Gameday Crew
Kyle Gass – Tenacious D
Larry Mullins Jr. – U2
Matthew McConaughey – Oscar® Winning Actor
Mira Sorvino – Oscar® Winning Actress
Norah Jones – GRAMMY® Winning Musician
Playboy Playmate Talent Search 2000
Quentin Tarantino – Oscar® Winning Director
R. Lee Emry – Mail Call on History Channel & Texas Chainsaw
Renee Zellwegger – Oscar® Winning Actress
Ron Howard – Oscar® Winning Director
Russell Crowe – Oscar® Winning Actor
Sandra Bullock – Oscar® Winning Actress
Steven Soderbergh – Oscar® Winning Director
The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp
The Local Natives
Thomas Haden Church – Oscar® Nominated Actor
Tommy Lee Jones
Tony Award Winner Stew
Uma Thurman – Oscar® Winning Actress
Zach Braff – Scrubs