Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant at The Mimslyn Inn “Meet me at the Speakeasy and tell them Joe sent you”, whisper new arrivals at one of Luray, Virginia’s most popular smoke-free bar and restaurant, The Speakeasy.
Like most Speakeasies established in the 1920’s and 30’s, the 401 West Main Street address is also hidden from view with a side entrance at the east end of The Mimslyn Inn. You would never know this basement space was an old carriage house before recent renovations transformed the concrete floors and exposed brick into an intimate setting with low lights, flat screen TV’s, and plenty of food and beverages to please every palette! The exterior walls show the Mimslyn’s architecture was ahead of its time in utilizing fire-proof brick. The interior walls are covered in gold baroque paper with black and white mug shots and Hollywood 30’s infamously elite posed.
The design, reminiscent of the walk-down Brown Stones of Lower Manhattan, also showcases the back-lit stained glass windows similar to those found in Chicago’s Market District in the 1920s and 1930s. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant also boasts thickly padded faux leather booth seating and intimate tables for two, as well as a step-up bar where, it seems, everybody knows your name. Luxurious two-tone wood appointments, wrought iron bar stools, and graceful lighting sconces harken back to that era of Flappers, Bourbon Street Jazz, and bootleg liquor where gangsters and starlets shared the forbidden pleasures of John Barleycorn and bathtub gin in the back room pubs of New York, Chicago and Miami. Enjoy the old-time pleasure of talking late into the night as you “sip suds” under the watchful eyes of Elliot Ness, Frank Nitty and Alphonso “Scarface” Capone. Drinks are not the only thing served at The Speakeasy. Executive Chef Richard Mellar’s menu offers a more casual version of The Mimslyn Inn’s fine dining restaurant, Circa ’31. Our Friday night regulars, The Porch Rockers, dine on sliders, salmon sandwiches, and waffle fries while listening to live music, and catching up on weekly news. Most have forgotten the lobby bar where the “Rockers” first began gathering over 18 years ago, and are delighted with the attitude, ambience, and low-key experience at The Speakeasy.
The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant embraces the era when The Mimslyn Inn was built; an era of gracious living and Southern Hospitality. Today, surround yourself in a sophisticated blend of quality and comfort featuring a fine selection of guest rooms and suites, contemporary Southern cuisine, and spa treatments. The Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant is open to the public from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. every night. The Mimslyn Inn also features 45 rooms and suites, Circa ’31 for fine dining, wedding and event space, and Seasons Spa.