A “Speakeasy” in Quito, Ecuador?

1865 BarThe Roaring 20’s.  A time of gangsters, g-men and of course, the speakeasy.  The unmarked door, the secret password, and then the hidden underworld of hot jazz and cold gin! Prohibition may never have existed in Quito but there’s at least one hot club that is keeping the speakeasy tradition alive in South America.  The 1865 Museo Rock Ecuatoriano (1865 Ecuadorian Rock Museum) From street level, descend the wide stair case, cross the koi pond, then descend again down a narrow staircase to enter a world of black walls, flagstone floors and neon shadow boxes filled with rock memorabilia.  The name is a nod to the year in which the Ecuadorian national anthem was penned, but national pride doesn’t stop there.  A tribute to Ecuadorian rock music, the walls are adorned with memorabilia from hundreds of Ecuadorian bands.  In addition to the décor, all of the drinks are pure Ecuadorian, whether it’s the Ecuadorian wine or the dangerously potent mixed drinks created from local spirits. 1865 Bar stage

Check the web site for live music, or just visit for the experience.  Located just off the intersection of Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Avenida Eloy Alfaro on Giacomo Rocca 1865 y Bosmediano.

Check the details at their Facebook page.




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