Follow the music and draw the velvet curtains, there you'll uncover Parliament, a self-proclaim retro dive bar flooded with sultry red neon lights. The atmosphere is electric and drinks come with an American pour – for the uninitiated, this just means stronger drinks – so you can expect your night to get real dangerous around here. Bulletproof classics are usually priced from $18 but if you're wise enough to get a few in the system before 8pm, they will only set you back $15. This is a no-judgement zone, so spare the formality and let your hair down – there’s anything from new-age rock, oldies, funk, and hip-hop to groove to. And if you're nice, you'll get to pick your favourite song and perhaps even a shot.
Hidden away from view, these speakeasies are private enclaves only for those in the know. Cosy up with your date away from prying eyes or avoid bumping into an old match you ghosted at one of your regular haunts.
We've got drinking dens tucked away in alleys, like Junior The Pocket Bar, and bars hiding in plain sights, like The Other Room and Barood. Here are the secret cocktail bars where you can unwind and disappear from the world.