The 21st Amendment Bar had its grand opening on March 8, 2013 with a special party. The bar is housed in the Penthouse Hotel building, but is not affiliated with the notorious venue. Just off of Bourbon Street, the 21st Amendment is located at 725 Iberville Street. Regular hours are 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and closed Sunday through Tuesday.
In keeping with the bar’s theme, the bartenders come dressed in vintage-style clothing. Tommy guns hang on the wall as well as numerous pictures of personalities from New Orleans’ colorful mafia history. Lively 1930s-era music plays in the background as people pass by on Iberville, possibly on their way to Bourbon Street or to have dinner across the street at Acme Oyster House.
On their Facebook page and website, one can find the password that will get patrons into the Speakeasy Special, five dollar well drinks. This is in keeping with this bar’s unique penchant for authenticity and history. Speakeasies were so named during prohibition because patrons trying to enter the establishment had to whisper the secret word to gain entrance.
Try out the Bourbon Flight (a selection of three shots of Bourbon) and their cocktails, with names like: Illegally Obtained, Smash Dat, Mason-Dixon Line and Frenchy. Get dressed up for the part and join the nostalgia for an era when alcohol was illegal and New Orleans had the mafia. The 21st Amendment Bar will make you feel like you are living history.