Speakeasy-style cocktail bar, Prohibition Texas, finds home in Old Town Spring


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.

Prohibition Texas
26420 Preston Ave., Spring
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 2 p.m.-midnight, Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. noon-9 p.m.

Prohibition 101

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.
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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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