Don’t be fooled by this speakeasy’s innocuous exterior…
Cleverly hidden within Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa in Cleveland Heights, a visit to this speakeasy feels like stepping into a scene from a vintage movie. Located inside a 1920’s colonial house, the Speakeasy at Quintana’s guides guests through a barbershop where they can see patrons getting old-fashioned straight razor shaves. Past the swanky vintage chairs and up the staircase, guests then pass a dimly lit bookcase passage before entering the lounge, awash in red velvet.
The short menu consists of “classics” and “originals” cocktail menus and a small collection of small plates. On the “classics” menu, the gin, cointreau, and absinthe-spiked Corpse Reviver #2 is a standout, along with the elegant Hemingway Daiquiri featuring lime and grapefruit juices. Pop culture references pepper the “originals” drink menu, which includes the Watermelon Sugar with chili powder, the Strawberry Fields topped with champagne, and the You Can’t Citrus With Us featuring homemade citrus vodka.
The small plates menu features a decked out charcuterie platter alongside a Shmear Platter with hummus and housemade olive tapenade and infused butter. Antipasta skewers and a Chilean bruschetta round out Speakeasy’s lineup of classy bar snacks.
The Speakeasy at Quintana’s currently offers carryout via Toast. The lounge is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 3pm to midnight, with a 15% off happy hour deal between 5pm and 7pm.
Find it at 2200 S Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
[Featured image: Speakeasy at Quintana’s Facebook]