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Speakeasy has 21st-century twist

RD Speakeasy (above) — RD stands for red door — is a throwback bar with a 1920s vibe that feels like ‘someone’s parlor,’ says manager Blake Johnson. Patrons using a secret password to gain entry will find drinks such as the Avenue B (inset). Photos by Collette Orquiz

During the days of Prohibition, getting a drink meant finding a secret bar — or “speakeasy” — where a password or a special knock on the door got you inside.

Prohibition is long gone, but a new venture is recreating that 1920s vibe — with a decidedly 21st century twist — at RD Speakeasy, a “hidden” bar behind the Barn Door Restaurant, 8400 N. New Braunfels Ave.

If you want to get in, you’ve got to have the password. And that’s just part of the fun, according to the staff.

“There’s nothing else like it in San Antonio,” said Blake Johnson, general manager.

RD stands for red door.

Owner Randy Stokes opened the cocktail lounge a couple of months ago in the Barn Door’s former Crown Hill party room.

To enter, guests must first send a text to make a reservation, good for two hours. From there, they receive a password, which they speak through a peephole illuminated by a green light to slip inside.

Each patron is seated and given a complimentary cocktail and finger food.

The bar’s countertop is from the Pick-Carter Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, and dates to 1917. Staffers said presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, as well as baseball legend Babe Ruth, all were served there.

The menu features eight rotating cocktails, including four classic Prohibition-era elixirs and four house cocktails.

Wine and beer are also available.

Hours are 5:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, and closed Sunday through Wednesday.


8400 N. New Braunfels Ave.

For more, text 210-605-2292 or visit facebook.com/rdspeakeasy.


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