The best part of speakeasies is the secrecy and the hunt to find them. It gives you an adventure before you even get to the party. You will find one of the most hidden and time-traveling speakeasies in Savannah.
Mata Hari's is located in downtown Savannah and is very difficult to find. Not just anyone can enter this secret bar; you must obtain the "secret code word" to get into the door.
Once you actually find the location, you will be led down a flight of steep stairs, so watch your step if you had a little bit too much to drink. When you reach the bottom, you will flip a switch on the wooden door in front of you and someone will ask for the password.
When you step into Mata Hari, you will be transported into the 1920's (think, Great Gatsby). You will step through a fabric curtain and immediately feel like you are no longer in Savannah, Georgia.
You will hear a singer vocalizing as though she was from that time period, adding to the ambiance of the entire place.
The bartenders and staff are dressed to the 9's wearing tuxedo body suits and top hats, while the performing singer wears flapper-like dresses. You would think the staff came straight from the past.
The chairs are exactly what you would imagine (the vintage vibe). You can take a seat on velvet, long back chairs, or lounge on one of the couches. Instead of sitting on hard metal chairs like other bars, you will be able to sit back and relax in style.
Any true bar-goer knows that the important part of any bar adventure is the signature cocktails. The drinks match the time period as well. One of their popular drinks is an infamous flaming Absinthe cocktail.
The drink is served with a flaming sugar cube on top, and tastes like black licorice, according to reviews on TripAdvisor.
The drinks can be on the higher end, so be prepared to travel in style and with deep pockets when you search for this hidden gem.
We will let you in on the secret - if you ask around hotels and restaurants in the area, you are most likely going to get the password. You must have this to gain access, so this part of the night makes it like a scavenger hunt to find Mata Hari.
Mata Hari is open from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday so grab a few friends who will be interested in flying through time and have fun searching for a prize.
Address: 306 W Lower Factors Walk; Savannah, Georgia 31401
Why you should go: This hidden speakeasy is fun to find because you need to find the password to access it. Once you enter, you will be transported to the roaring 20s.