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The Roaring 2020s: Speakeasy 303’s Prohibition-style Party

The Roaring 2020s: Speakeasy 303’s Prohibition-style Party

Thomas Adams

November 10th, 2020

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Speakeasy 303 is a “curated music, dining, and cocktail experience” that takes place at The Alley, a restaurant in downtown Littleton. The monthly event provides a Gatsby-esque atmosphere with themed cocktails and encourages attendees to dress up and party as if it were the roaring 20s–2020s that is. If one is a big Float Like A Buffalo fan, he or she would be thrilled to know that this event was founded by none other than the band’s manager Sarah Sheul and its frontman Cory Pearman. Often, attendees can catch special guest performances by other members of the high energy funk-rock band.

Much like the 1920s, nowadays people are told not to meet in large groups or gather for events. Unlike the 1920s, it doesn’t really have to be a secret to grab a drink with a friend. The small, prohibition-era vibe is a perfect setting for the craziness everyone is going through right now. Originally, Shuel’s vision was for attendees to have a secretive, word-of-mouth experience. “We want the experience from beginning to end to be secret and word-of-mouth-oriented,” said Shuel. “We created the Instagram, and that’s probably the only social media we’ll ever do. We put posters all over Main Street that just say ‘Shhh.’” Now that the event has gained some traction, more people are spreading the word about Speakeasy 303. At first the event was created to bring income to The Alley, but also to create some excitement in these trying times. “In times like this, you look for things like, ‘Ooh, I’m getting away with something,'” said Shuel. Following all CDC guidelines, the event features amazing local talent such as drummer Alejandro Castaño, pianist Tom Amend, and none other than Lettuce’s trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom. With the most recent event on November 2, the trio expanded to feature three more amazing musicians: Hazel Miller, Dave Randon, and Dana Marsh.

Pearman, a bartender for 22 years, is jazzed up about the event’s cocktails. The drink menu is constantly evolving, but consistently includes a spicy Old Fashioned made with reposado tequila. Recently the menu has grown to include cocktails made with Breckenridge Brewery’s new Velvet line. Additionally, attendees can add a szechuan button to their cocktails. The flower buds create a pleasant tingling sensation, much like Pop Rocks. Some may know them as buzz buttons or electric daisies as they give an effervescent, champagne-like zing.

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The first events have been a smashing success. “We posted the reservation link and it was sold out within 24 hours,” said Shuel. Tickets often sell out quickly and then hopeful attendees join a waitlist in the event of cancellations. Next month’s Speakeasy 303 experience has yet to be scheduled, but make sure to follow Speakeasy 303 for further updates including food and drink menus, musical lineup, and dates.

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