A speakeasy peephole during Prohibition
A speakeasy peephole during Prohibition

In a city known for its bourbon, there’s no shortage of speakeasy-themed events where you either don a flapper dress or grab a pair of suspenders and go as a gangster. We’re willing to bet Louisvillians are just as likely to have some 1920s costume attire in their closets as they are a Derby hat. And while we have a few more months until that grand spectacle, you can go ahead and dust off that fedora for the first in the Frazier History Museum‘s Old Forester Speakeasy Series on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The event features live jazz music by Carly Johnson and Greg Walker; swing dance lessons by New Lou Swing Dance; 1920s hairstyling by J. Michael’s Salon; snacks from Marketplace Restaurant; bourbon truffles by Art Eatables; and, of course, speakeasy-themed cocktails by Old Forester‘s bourbon specialist Jackie Zykan.

The $15 admission ($10 for Frazier members) also gets you one free drink and free access to the museum’s many exhibits, including “Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky.”

Thursday’s party is the first of four in the series, which are scheduled for June 17, Aug. 18 and Oct. 20. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Frazier Museum, 829 W. Main St. Attendees are encouraged to dress in speakeasy attire, and the best dressed will win a $200 Jeff Ruby’s gift certificate. And you must be 21 or older to get in.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."