|Super secret entrance to the Blind Lion...shhhhhh!|
|Down the long stairway...|
|to find the door to the "safe."|
Wait! The year was actually 2015, and my friend, her husband, my husband, and I had just passed through all the obstacles to get inside Rapid City’s Blind Lion, the only speakeasy in the Black Hills.
|The rules of the Blind Lion help you go back in time.|
|Everything felt like it was 1923!|
|Hidden away in the Blind Lion.|
Filled with distinctive options, the cocktails were the main reason to sneak around to this establishment. Premium liquors, house-made ingredients, and hand-chipped ice were the basis for these drinks. Though beer and wine options were available, as our server told us, the cocktails here should not be missed.
The drink I enjoyed was the Lavender Star: vodka, fresh lime juice, lavender simple syrup, and Champagne. Of course, I had to do the sparkling wine cocktail on the menu. It only seemed right. Light, refreshing, and flavorful, this was a great way to mix wine and liquor.
|The Lavender Star--Champagne cocktail.|
|The Pear Sidecar--pear brandy and rock brown sugar rim.|
|The Burnt Apple--work of art in the form of a cocktail.|
|Making the Smoking Barrel.|
We felt as if we needed to hide even as we sneaked out of the hidden bar to end the evening. It wasn’t until we hit Main Street Rapid City to view modern vehicles and numerous people taking selfies on cell phones that we realized we had been transported back to the modern era. Whether prohibition was really a simpler time—or it just felt that way to us that night—I’m sure could be argued. However, the Blind Lion is a hidden gem. People who enjoy a special ambiance and artful cocktails instead of a dirty bar and cheap beer will rave about this clandestine experience. Don’t be apprehensive to feel as if you are breaking the law. Sneak a peek soon!