Shh! Secret Restaurants and Bars across the U.S


By: George Taliaferro Everyone loves being in on a secret- a hidden restaurant or bar that makes you feel in the know. We’ve found a couple...

By: George Taliaferro

Everyone loves being in on a secret- a hidden restaurant or bar that makes you feel in the know. We’ve found a couple places worth you getting on the list.

1. Zig Zag Cafe – Seattlezig zag cafeHarder to find than simply exclusive, the website has a map to help you locate this hidden bar. Go up and down sets of stairs, ramps and a skybridge in time for happy hour. Snazzy bartenders and a wide selection of fine liquors make this one of Seattle’s best kept secrets.

2. Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse – Los RanchosVernon's SteakhouseThis Steakhouse and bar has a speak-easy vibe. A red light above a large door behind Los Ranchos Liquor Store is the only marker of this secret spot. Knock three times, give the bouncer a password, and walk down a dimly lit hall into a luxurious lounge and restaurant. Want to feel even more exclusive? Buy a membership to the VIP lounge!

3. Bohemian – New YorkBohemian RestaurantThis Japanese restaurant might be the most confidential and exclusive on our list. To receive an invitation to dine at Bohemian, you must be referred by someone who has eaten there recently. Once invited, you will receive a secret reservation number, and a swipe-key (only 200 total) to unlock the inconspicuous door.

4. Blind Barber – Los AngelesBlind Barber - LAA Barbershop by day, this spot becomes a late night bar and restaurant after 6. Not feeling the late night vibe? Come in for a haircut and get a complimentary cocktail.

5. Chef Vola’s - Atlantic CityAtlantic CityThe Restaurant website is password protected with no phone number listed, and only friends of the Esposito family can get a seat at this New Jersey eatery. However, you can try your luck at getting a table in person.

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Photo credits:

Zig Zag: http://zigzagseattle.com/

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse: http://www.singlepage.com/photos/7e9638efe5e2f24a7fbab2e1395124081a0f8e0d.jpg

Bohemian: http://8ateateight.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/img_1796.jpg

Blind Barber: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0167666e55c0970b-600wi

Chef Vola’s http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xCjB6rPG_G4/TSTYiDGe_EI/AAAAAAAAAjE/3g1uLUAjnps/s1600/IMG_3985.JPG

Feature: http://zigzagseattle.com/

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