About The Speakcheasy:
Maybe “the best-kept secret” in Barrie, this restaurant is open only two nights a week, and offers a great 1920’s vibe with wine tasting, charcuterie boards, and authentic experience. The Speakcheasy is located in the bottom floor of the J’adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate place, on 123 Dunlop Street East, in Barrie, Ontario. During the rest of the week, space is available for private events.
There is street side parking nearby, and the place is wheelchair accessible. There are no TVs, but there is free Wi-Fi and a cool outside seating area when the weather permits it. There is a happy hour, and every kind of alcohol is served here, along with a simple menu of predominantly finger foods.
From the online reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google Reviews and Open Table, I created the following list of pros and cons of The Speaksheasy.
- Great atmosphere
- 1920’s inspired drinks and menu
- Excellent service
- A different experience for a night out
- Relaxed, romantic setup
- Somewhat pricey
- Notes on missed reservations
The Speaksheasy was re-opened in 2018, as a part of J’adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate, and the main entrance is through a hidden door at this restaurant. Meant to resemble the prohibitions’ Speakeasy’s, this place always plays classic evergreen hits and serves drinks inspired by that age.
The décor is very nice, with exposed brick walls, beautiful wooden tables and chairs, and classy crystal chandeliers. Leather armchairs and overstuffed stools add a charming touch, as do the big candle holders. There are lovely framed photos from a time gone by and large mirrors in vintage frames, and menu to match.
The food menu has starters like a baguette with olive oil, Caprese salad platter, and Langres. There are shareable plates with baked Italian burrata, fondue and charcuterie board with assorted smoked meats, aged cheddar, olives, fresh and dried fruit, and mustard served on beautiful wooden board.
Since the Speaksheasy is a part of the J’adore Cheese and Chocolate, there is a wide selection of cheese plates that are served with baguette, naan, crostini, fresh fruits, jelly, and nuts. There are various cheeses like aged, goat and sheep cheese, Gouda, cheddar and more. The dessert menu has items like salted caramel cheesecake, Callebaut chocolate fondue, assorted truffles, and sweet cheese plate.
The drinks menu is impressive and very varied. There are selections of domestic and imported beers, and ciders, white wines, red wines and sparkling wines, cocktails, a scotch tasting menu and a special Libations menu with prohibition-era inspired cocktails.
The Speakchesy offers a “tasting experience” in every sense of the word, going from the pleasant old-world décor, through the great finger foods and excellent drinks and ending with a great music selection.
The location is available for private functions, and is a popular place for romantic dates, or even holding a different type of office parties. If you go to The Speakchesy, then you can treat yourself to a South Side Fizz, Al Capone’s favourite drink served in a teacup, or enjoy a French 75, or a Speaks cocktail.