Speakeasy pops up in Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Speakeasy pops up in Rapid City


During prohibition speakeasys were formed. The concept recently popped up in cities like Boston and Chicago. There is even one in Rapid City.

Murphy's Pub and Grill is a popular place to be, but not everyone knows about what goes on in another part of the pub. It's a speakeasy. The idea came to General Manager Tony DeMaro after seeing one in Boston.  

"I found it fascinating to actually take it back to a time that was much more simple just really all about the jazz. A simple period in time without the distractions of modern media, a chance for people to reconnect in a really cool and unique space that no one else was doing in the area," said DeMaro.

Being at the speakeasy feels like taking a step back in time to the prohibition era. So talking on your cell phone is not allowed.  

"It's just so much fun to watch people connect and that's really the idea behind this concept is to give people the opportunity to cut the distractions, slow down and really live in the moment," said DeMaro.

Other rules are to be patient and challenge your senses. 

"We want to enliven all of the senses so you get the bar experience, you get the kitchen experience, and you get the music. So it's a really different dining experience," said Carlos Osorio, Executive Chef.

So they use fresh ingredients and a little creativity.  

"So the craziest thing is when you see the liquid nitrogen beet ice cream," said DeMaro.

To get in it's a little bit of a process.  

"So what we do is you get a code that you have to enter in the safe door and we also have a password that changes every night too," said DeMAro.

The speakeasy at Murphy's started in January and slowly more and more people are finding out about it.   

"I'm really excited to open it up and kind of crack the door and let some more people in," said DeMaro.

It's a different atmosphere for people who want to relax, and feel like they're in the 1920s or 30s.

The speakeasy is open on Fridays from 5 pm to 12 am and Saturdays from 7 pm to 1 am. In order to make a reservation text 605-939-0095.

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Rapid City, SD 57701

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