Shhh...The Arizona Biltmore's Speakeasy is Now Open
The Mystery Room at Arizona's Biltmore Resort is a mystery no more.
As we told you back in February, the Waldorf Astoria resort's historic Mystery Room has reopened as a speakeasy, which is actually what the Mystery Room initially was during Prohibition. Back then, it was called the "Men's Smoking Room" and required a secret password to enter. Inside was a well-stocked liquor cabinet that converted into a bookcase in the event of a raid. Men could purchase a "set up" of glass, ice and mixers for bootleg liquor. (The 20s version of bottle service, we suppose.) The resort even kept watch for police and would shine their high-powered spotlight into the Mystery Room if they ever saw patrol car outside.
Today, the speakeasy is open to both men and women and it's totally legal. Yet it's only open on Sunday evenings from 8 to 11pm. And it requires a password which will change weekly. The hotel's Twitter feed, @Arizona Biltmore, will post clues every week . Here was last week's passwordg:
Fun fact: Speakeasies were also called "blind pigs."
Once inside the speakeasy, which is enclosed in the original Biltmore Blocks with a restored gold leaf ceiling, guests will find a bartender in period attire, music of the era from Charleston dane hits to jazz riffs and of course, Prohibition-era cocktails from boubon, ryn and gin-based drinks to rum punches along with classic cocktails with a modern twist.
Best of all, room rates for this weekend are crazy affordable, starting at $99 a night. Or you can "splurge" for the Best of Waldorf offer for $129 which includes a $50 resort credit. Just remember, there is a $28 resort fee which includes internet access, spa access, putting green use and local area shuttle.
[Photo: Arizona Biltmore]