Blind Lion speakeasy in Murphy’s Pub basement

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Murphy's Pub in Rapid City is a well–known local watering hole, but there’s a gem hidden in its basement.

Few of its customers know about it because not just anyone can get into the ‘Blind Lion’ speakeasy.

"I didn’t even know it existed,” said first timer, Gene Drewitz.

I guess you can say the secrets out on the intimate space infused with live music, handcrafted cocktails and vintage furniture that pays homage to America's prohibition era.

"There was a cocktails culture that existed before prohibition, and then we lost it,” said Blind Lion employee, Cody Horan. “So it's kind of like taking you back to the marker where it stopped and where it all came from.”

A few KOTA Territory natives made their way to the dimly lit basement, and said it’s known for its hand crafted cocktails.

"The fact that they’re more hand crafted than something you would get in a bar or a club. There's more to it,” said guest Lenard Jacobs.

The speakeasy is meant to have a laid back feel, and adding to that is the no cell phone rule.

"Honestly it's the ambiance,” said Jacobs. “The fact that you can't have your cell phone is perfect. You have to talk to people and that just adds to that 1920 ambiance."

Visitors say it’s a one of a kind experience.

"No, there is no other place like this in the Black Hills, it’s very unique,” said first time guest Rachael Adams

The Blind Lion is open on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6:00 p.m. but it’s up to you to find out how to get in.