“IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, THEN IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH PATH YOU TAKE.” -Alice in Wonderland
By definition, a speakeasy is a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during Prohibition. Of course, we’re in the 21st century, where it is no longer illegal to sell alcohol and prohibition is a thing of the past. In an excerpt taken from Legends of America, “…though they may have appeared to close down for a short period, saloons simply went ‘underground’ in basements, attics, upper floors, and disguised as other businesses, such as cafes, soda shops, and entertainment venues. Given its name because of the need to whisper or ‘speak easy’, these many illegal drinking enterprises quickly became established institutions, so much so that some said for every former legitimate saloon that closed, it was replaced by a half dozen illegal gin joints.”
Located in the St. Paul Square district of San Antonio, you will find that this area is lively and full of many different bars and restaurants on a quaint side of downtown SA. Parking isn’t too bad, but you may want to bring some extra cash; Depending on the night, some lots charge up to $20. If you go a little ways past St. Paul Square you can find some free parking and with the new scooter movement (Bird, Lime), you’ll be less than 5 minutes away. As you make your way over, walk inside Toro Kitchen & Bar, turn left, and you will find a “secret” entrance. Down the steps, “Sub-Rosa” and enter the mystique of Cellar Mixology.
As you walk down you’ll feel like you’ve entered an old jazz bar that looks like it came straight out of a movie. If you know me personally, one of my favorite movies is La La Land and Cellar Mixology does a fantastic job of creating that Jazz-era vibe. Depending on the evening you may find a pianist, a DJ, or a live musician playing some tunes as you enter one of the jazziest new spots in San Antonio. The music surrounding the atmosphere sets the vibe and the mixologists await your arrival to serve you some of the coolest libations in town!