We're all familiar with the scene from the movies. A couple pause in a slightly dodgy laneway, their eyes survey to see who is watching before they nonchalantly cruise down the lane before stopping in front of a non-descript door. They knock. A small peephole opens and some beady eyes peer out, taking in the new arrivals.
Will you make the cut? (Image credit Sneaky Tony's)
The couple give the secret password, and the door is opened: a hidden club, music spewing from behind the door, exclusivity dripping from the crowd. Then the door is shut and it was like it was never there.
Welcome to Sneaky Tony's Prohibition Rum Bar, hidden somewhere in the back lanes of Northbridge. Perth's newest bar (it opened November 12th) is so exclusive they won't be advertising and they don't actually tell you where they are located (hint, it is near Pleased to Meet You). Plus, punters have to check their Facebook page every day to find out the secret password.
Too much effort? Not for those who really love their rum. And we're talking over 300 varieties. Don't like rum, don't worry – this will be a cocktail bar which also serves other spirits as well as boutique beers and wine.
Sneaky Tony's is named for Tony the Hat, a rum-runner, gambler and bootlegger who earned his notoriety smuggling rum into prohibition California in the 1920s
image credit Sneaky Tony's
The fit out will be an ode to his life, dark, smoky* and full of his vintage possessions. Inside you will find expert bartenders who specialise in rum based drinks and cocktails such as daiquiris and mojitos, while you can shake you thang to honkytonk tunes. A wood panelled bar, candles and small tables will all add to the speakeasy atmosphere. Soon people will be showing up wearing flapper dresses and double breasted suits. Leave your tommy guns at home though.
Open daily from 4pm to late, Sneaky Tony's is brought to you by the same team behind hot Northbridge restaurants Pleased to Meet You and La Cholita and Fremantle icon, Harvest.
I'm curious, are you?
Obviously nothing is actually really smoky these days. Except ribs and occasionally salmon.