Bars & Pubs

Kelowna's Speakeasy Bars: A Nod to the Prohibition Era

A flight of four craft beers in different colors served in glasses on a wooden paddle at The Curious Artistry & Alchemy Cafe in Kelowna.
The Curious Artistry & Alchemy Cafe

A thrilling revival of the Prohibition era's clandestine allure is taking place in Kelowna. The city's nightlife is seeing a renaissance, bringing with it the charm of speakeasy bars. These places, tucked away behind unassuming facades, offer an escape into a bygone era, where the thrill of the secretive and the taste of the forbidden ruled the night.

Bar Norcino: A Taste of New York in Kelowna

Tucked away in the back of The Curious Cafe lies Bar Norcino, an intimate 30-seat private room that is an extension of the café's character. Born from Luigi's desire to replicate the speakeasy life he relished in New York City, Bar Norcino has evolved into one of Kelowna’s unique live music venues. Here, under the dimly lit ambience and the soft strumming of Joshua Smith’s guitar, guests are transported to an era where jazz and secrecy intertwined. The space, though small, resonates with an energy that is both welcoming and exclusive, making it a must-visit for those seeking a slice of history with their evening out.

Prestige Beach House: Upscale Speakeasy Vibes

As the weekend rolls in, Prestige Beach House transforms into an upscale bar that resonates with the echoes of the past. Open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, this speakeasy-style bar brings the best local musicians to its stage. Their live music, coupled with a happy hour offering delectable drink specials makes it a hotspot for both locals and visitors. The ambiance here is a seamless blend of modern sophistication and historical charm, creating a unique atmosphere where time seems to stand still, and the spirit of the Roaring Twenties comes alive.

"27 Club" – At Prestige Inn

Located within the Prestige Hotel, is 27, Kelowna's first craft cocktail lounge. Taking inspiration from the speakeasies of 1927, this lounge is for those who appreciate the art of mixology. Their drink menu embodies creativity, featuring unique, seasonal ingredients that perfectly complement the prohibition-era decor. Stepping into 27 is like slipping into a different era, one where the cocktail is a masterpiece of flavours and storytelling.

The Allure of Secretive Entrances

The charm of Kelowna's speakeasy bars isn't just in their drinks or music—it's also in their mystery. These bars captivate with their secretive nature, inviting guests to become part of a hidden world. The thrill of finding these entrances and the satisfaction of being 'in the know' adds to the allure of these establishments. Each visit feels like an exclusive adventure, a step back in time to when a night out was an exclusive experience.


Kelowna's speakeasy bars are full of the city's exciting and evolving nightlife. They offer a unique blend of history, mystery, and modern mixology, making them a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the city's night scene in a truly memorable way. These bars are portals to the past, inviting you to indulge in an experience that is both timeless and exhilarating.