Speakeasy 518

4.5
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Speakeasy
Craft cocktails and food offered in a cozy & sophisticated, throwback space with dim lighting & live jazz music.
We have 22 seats at our bar, of which are first come first serve, and you do not need a reservation to join us at the bar. Just simply come to our front door, ring the doorbell and let us know that you are coming in for seats at the bar. We do not take reservations at these bar seats
Reservations are for tables only.
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PZ
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of the few places where you can hear live jazz music with real musicians. It was great. That being said I hope they provide bands that play more standard selections. Service was nothing short of SPECTACULAR!!!! We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. Staff was extremely attentive and very friendly. Go to this place!!!!!

WC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best bar in Albany. Awesome experience with great live music, excellent drinks, and a unique atmosphere. Absolutely worth a visit.

HA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Speakeasy 518 was absolutely amazing! Myself and my fiancé along with another couple went on Saturday night with reservations. The hostess was delightful and the bartender, Emmanuel, was an absolute magician with the cocktails! The live music and the dancer were also incredible and we plan to go back time and time again!! We also dressed for the 20’s and we were the only group that did this, but it was just so fun and so worth it!!

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Pros: Food was adequate; music was good; drinks inordinately priced

Cons: Sidewalk down to the door was cracked and full of holes. A definite danger.
Door tender was obnoxious (suggested that the reason my date almost fell was not the cracked sidewalk but rather too many craft cocktails). Cocktails way overpriced. The two hour reservation window is enforced by an obnoxious bartender who tells us it's to to go.

RB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was super friendly. I liked the no-phone, no-pictures rule because it force me to sit back and relax and avoid the temptation to take out my phone. I liked the 1920's clothes the staff wore and it was entertaining to watch the bartenders mix drinks. Neat experience, great conversation with friends.

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here 3 times in the last 2 months. Its a great place to jus hang out & relax with friends. Lilly & Emanuel are awesome. Cant wait to go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

I would’ve given the Service an outstanding, however, Bill at the front door is a definite problem. Not sure if he is family or a relative or a friend of the company, but his behavior reflects that he can’t be touched. He has berated me and my guest. His tone is also condescending to guest this is the second time I’ve come and I felt the same way and I also spoke to Bill on Saturday, 7 September to address his behavior hopefully management will do the same. The door man is the keeper as well as the Ambassador of any Speak Easy. They set the tone of the guest as they enter. I ask that you consider removing Bill from those duties as he has the potential to be a liability to the Speak Easy.
Thank you
V/R

CC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Emmanuel was a fabulous host/operator. He was very personable and professional. Knowledgeable and made the best adult beverages! Definitely will be returning with more friends. The environment was quite Terri chic.....and welcoming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thouroughly enjoyed everything even though the prices were elevated, you could taste the quality. Plus the restriction on phone usage is a wonderful repite.

Z
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super cool place.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t rave enough about this place! The food and the drinks were perfection and the atmosphere was awesome! Not to mention the service was incredible. Lily, the hostess, was so sweet and amazing! It’s such a unique little gem in Albany!

MM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Speakeasy 518 is a treat. The service is phenomenal, the ambiance is relaxed, and you feel like you really just stepped into an underground speakeasy. Definitely worth the visit.

TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So much fun! Go on a Thursday for swing lessons. Yummy drinks. Have the bartender special...

DH
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I found out about Speakeasy 518 by an internet search for a good jazz club. My wife and I went this weekend and we absolutely loved the Speakeasy. The ambiance, from the “in the know” entry to the no cell phone policy and period dress of the staff made for a great experience. The jazz and swing music were exactly what We were looking for. Food and drinks were fantastic and the staff was friendly, personable and helpful. We will definitely be going back and recommending to friends.

PD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Amazing drinks! Def will return when we come back. Thanks Trevor!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely receptive and accommodating staff

C
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent visit to the speakeasy 518. Mandy the bartender was outstanding. Great drinks and very entertaining. Everybody seemed very happy in the bar and was approachable and easy to talk to. Lily the hostess was smiling and magnificent. Willing to help us find a good seat. What more could you want from a nice evening out? A wonderful place to have a great drink with great ambience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

We had two in our group who wanted mocktails, which we’ve had here before and have been super delicious. Our server told us it was not possible, and we were really disappointed.

JP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Loved this place! Definitely recommend making a reservation, but incredible drinks.

B
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing bar especially of you are a fan of the 1920s. Atnosphere is incrdible and i LOVE the no cell phone rule. Always a great time

CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife & I decided to spend our 24th wedding anniversary at Speakeasy 518. We enjoyed everything that the place had to offer. The drinks were amazing, the food was delicious & the jazz music was very entertaining. I would highly recommend this place to everyone.