Patrons who step inside Old Town Spring’s Prohibition Texas also take a several steps back in time—nearly a century back in time, to be exact.
Owned by husband and wife Brad and Effie Stees, who also own Old Town Spring’s Envy Wine Room, Prohibition Texas opened in March 2018. As the name suggests, every aspect of the speakeasy-style bar is inspired by the Prohibition era, from its craft cocktails to its designated cigar lounge upstairs.
“We wanted to open up another concept that centered around the craft cocktail, and we thought, ‘What better way to introduce that than by bringing back the classic cocktails that made this whole craft mixology movement happen?’” Effie Stees said.
While Stees said she and Brad were very knowledgeable about wine as they are both sommeliers at Envy Wine Room, there was a learning curve when they decided to open Prohibition Texas. With the help of Head Chef Joshua Polanowski and General Manager and Head Mixologist Belinda Lara, Stees said they were able to curate both a drink menu and food menu that complement each other.
“We make our own simple syrups. Sometimes we make our own bitters. We can cut our own ice. We do the smoke, the mirror, the magic—everything,” she said. “Each cocktail is a show in itself.”
One of the speakeasy’s most popular cocktails is the Smoked Old Fashioned. Mixologists put their own twist on the classic cocktail by smoking it in a chamber upon serving it to the patron.
While both the drink and food menus change on a seasonal basis, Stees said some of the eatery’s most popular items are the Rattlesnake Pasta and steaks.
In addition to its cigar lounge, Prohibition Texas also features a separate room with its own bar available for private and corporate events.
Stees said following the relocation of Envy Wine Room right next door to Prohibition Texas this summer, both businesses will benefit from expanded kitchen and entertainment offerings.
“We’re growing into the best little speakeasy in town,” she said.
26420 Preston Ave., Spring
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. noon-9 p.m.
The U.S. Constitution’s 18th Amendment banned the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages upon ratification in 1920.
- This led to a widespread temperance movement, which included the proliferation of bootlegging and speakeasies, or illegal drinking spots.
- The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, bringing the era to a close in 1933.