Shake up your cocktail routine at Speakeasy 33, Bandon’s newest watering hole.
The bar has a spare décor with some rustic glam. Reclaimed wood tables are illuminated by low-hung light fixtures. Bar seating is limited— but that’s probably where you want to park, if you like to watch your bartender in action.
The fun starts with a read through the season’s drink menu. Choices include original cocktails and the Speakeasy’s spin on classic drinks. This summer, guests may opt for the classic Nuclear Daiquiri, with house-made Falernum cordial. Or, ditch the cocktail glass. Prohibition Pops are popsicles for grown-ups, a frozen, single-serving version of the Speakeasy 33 daiquiri.
Proprietors Cody Carney and Cornelia Mathis say the seasonal menu keeps them on their toes and lets them explore new cocktails along with the classics.
“There are a lot of drinks that folks don’t order regularly any more, but when they’re made well, they’re great,” said Carney.
The bar opened in the summer of 2016. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back, with a regular clientele of locals along with Bandon visitors.
“We get a really interesting mix of people of all ages– that’s what’s nice,” said Mathis. “We just want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and that we pay attention to everybody.”
The bar is stocked with a variety of Oregon-made spirits with additional noteworthy or hard-to-find domestic whisky and rum selections. The beer and wine list celebrates Pacific Northwest labels. House-made syrups, fresh squeezed citrus, and herbs plucked from the garden complete the artisanal experience. Those custom syrups, shrubs and bitters also make great mock-tails for the designated driver.
The bites menu includes seasonal cheese and charcuterie plates; and soup, salad or sandwiches. And, the bar is open late for an after-hours drink or nibble.
Speakeasy 33 is at 323 Grand Ave. SE in Bandon, 541-329-0389.
Article by Geneva Miller. Photos contributed by Cornelia Mathis; inset photo 1 by Geneva Miller.