Speakeasy’s Story

Speakeasy is composed of three levels; the Music Lounge, the Bowling Mezzanine (which overlooks the Music Lounge stage), 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.

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

Speakeasy is registered as part of the Haunted Austin Tour. On July 26, 1916, the building burned to the ground, killing a fireman and two women who were trapped in the elevator. The antique elevator, the only item to survive the fire, is now located inside the Kabaret room. Several people have claimed to see the woman’s apparition in the elevator; as well as screams and slamming doors. Footsteps have also reportedly been heard running up and down the staircase to Terrace59.

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!

Adam Clayton

Adam Duritz

Annie Cusack

Barbara K

Bill Paxton

Billy Gibbons


Carla Gugino

Cary Elwes

Chet Butler

Clifford Antone

Curtis Armstrong

Danny Trejo

Daryl “Moose” Johnston

Dave Alvin

Dave Wakeling – The English Beat

Dennis Quaid

Donald Faison

Echo Johnson

Eddie Griffin

Elizabeth Avellan

Ethan Hawke – Oscar® Nominated Actor

Farrah Fawcett

Forest Whitaker – Oscar® Winning Actor

G.W. Bailey – Police Academy Chief

Gena Rowlands

George Clooney – Oscar® Winning Actor

George Wendt – Cheers

Gwen Stefani – No Doubt

Harry Connick Jr.

Jack Black – Tenacious D

Jeff Foxworthy

Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jones

Jessica Alba

Jessica Biel

Jessica Simpson’s Bachelorette Party

Jimmie Vaughn

Jodie Foster – Oscar® Winning Actress

Joe Ely

John Legend

Johnny Reno

Jon Favreau – Director of Iron Man

Judy Arnold

Julianna Margulies – ER & The Good Wife

Kenny Dale Johnson – Drummer from Chris Isaak

Kevin Smith

Kevin Spacey – Oscar® Winning Actor

Kid Rock

Kirk Herbstreet & the ESPN Gameday Crew

Kirk Whalum

Kyle Gass – Tenacious D

Larry Mullins Jr. – U2

Luke Wilson

Matthew McConaughey – Oscar® Winning Actor

Michelle Rodriguez

Mike Judge

Mira Sorvino – Oscar® Winning Actress

Mr. Fabulous

Nick Lachey

Norah Jones – GRAMMY® Winning Musician

Owen Wilson

Patti Griffin

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

Richard Linklater

Robert Rodriguez

Roger Clemens

Ron Howard – Oscar® Winning Director

Russell Crowe – Oscar® Winning Actor

Sandra Bullock – Oscar® Winning Actress

Shawn Colvin

Skeet Ulrich

Steven Soderbergh – Oscar® Winning Director

The Bangles

The Dallas Cowboys Training Camp

The Local Natives

Thomas Haden Church – Oscar® Nominated Actor

Tommy Lee Jones

Tony Award Winner Stew

Troy Aikman

Uma Thurman – Oscar® Winning Actress

Vince Vaughan

Vincent D’Onofrio

W.C. Clark

Woody Harrellson

Zach Braff – Scrubs