TC’s speakeasy, Low Bar, turns one on Friday, December 5th, the 84th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. To celebrate both occasions, they are inviting you to join them for the Repeal Day Celebration Friday & Saturday featuring performances by Traverse City-based burlesque troupe the Northern Starlets.
Of course, there will be something to wet your whistle. “We’re working on a couple different versions of the Moscow Mule, all created with our house made ginger beer. In addition to the classic, we’ll have a Kentucky Mule (with bourbon) and a Mexican Mule (with tequila) available at our anniversary party,” says Low Bar co-owner Jim Smolak.”
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We had a chance to sit down at the new Low Bar with Matt Cozzens and Jim Smolak to talk about their new venture. Matt & Jim own 7 Monks Taproom and on December 5, 2013, the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition, they opened a speakeasy-style establishment in the basement just next door to 7 Monks.
“I’m big on atmosphere when it comes to bars,” explains Jim. “We wanted to create something completely different down here.”
They have done just that. Low Bar is quiet & candlelit with no TVs, windows or distractions, the perfect place for conversation and appreciation of their outstanding beverage selection developed by Executive Chef Joe Hess, bar manager Evan McKolay and mixologist Mickey Humpula. You’ll never hear a blender, and in addition to an impressive selection of top shelf bourbons, scotches and other spirits and a full range of classic 30s era cocktails – Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned, Side Car, Hemingway – the Low Bar drink menu features a number of custom drinks.
“We locked the guys in Low Bar to see what they could come up with and they delivered!” Matt says. “These are epicurean drinks. We call them “Concoctions” and hope they can help you break the mold of settling for a rum and coke.”