NYC: A museum launches an outdoor speakeasy

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It's no secret that Prohibition-style lounges have been spreading across the U.S. This evening, the Museum of the City of New York joins the trend by opening a speakeasy that will serve historically accurate drinks out in the open—on the museum terrace, which faces Central Park.

Staff will be mixing cocktails that were popular during Prohibition (1920–1933), according to old menus from the museum's archives. The City Room blog has published some of the recipes, in case you want to try your hand at a Rum Scoundrel or Clover Club at home.

The admission fee of $12 ($10 for members) covers one drink and access to museum exhibitions, including "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson," timed to the 400th anniversary of Hudson's arrival in New York Harbor. 1220 Fifth Ave., between 103rd and 104th Sts., speakeasy open Wednesday nights, 6–9 p.m., through August 26.


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