Capone’s Speakeasy is providing the East Bay with an intriguing new nightlife option. Step back in time into the Roaring Twenties… a time when speakeasies were hip and jazz was cool. At Capone’s Speakeasy you’ll find a warm and friendly place with a sophisticated atmosphere; a place where you always get the best of everything.
Staff adorned in period dress (think flappers and men in vests) set the stage for a spectacular night out.
Start your evening in a stunning dining room with a vintage bar and 1920′s bank vaults that is evocative of a 1920s speakeasy. Then stick around for the best local bands and DJ’s — patrons will especially appreciate the live jazz and light rock on Fridays and Saturday nights.
Capone’s Speakeasy offers an extraordinary list of signature drinks and a menu of mouth-watering small plates of modern American cuisine inspired by international specialties. Complementing the food is a robust selection of contemporary and classic cocktails; a California-centric wine list; and small-producer beers.
Executive Chef Damien J. King-Kostelac’s selection of small plates are prepared with seasonal, often locally sourced, organic ingredients. The Capone’s Speakeasy debut menu includes spicy smoked paprika French fries, seared ahi tuna Niçoise salad, sizzling pork belly with seared scallops, and a beef filet with lobster mashed potatoes. For dessert, diners can enjoy chocolate strawberries and crème brûlée.
Notable Capone’s Speakeasy cocktails include the Al Capone (Templeton rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, Champagne and bitters) and the Bonnie & Clyde (gin, beer, passion fruit purée, agave).
The locally historic building that is home to Capone’s Speakeasy was originally built in 1888 for the First National Bank. (The original Bank of Alameda, established in 1878, first occupied this site until the more capacious structure was erected and the local bank became a national bank.)
Highlights of today’s 85-seat main room include a spectacular three-story high ceiling with ornate insets, oversized crystal chandeliers, oak wood flooring, two U-shaped custom-built couches lining the walls by the windows, a large dance floor, and a 72-foot long mahogany-topped bar with brass trim. The expansive bar seats more than 30 people!
Capone’s Speakeasy also has a private dining area inside a bank vault that can accommodate up to 16 seated guests and a VIP second floor balcony room that affords sweeping views of scene below.
Working with Chef King-Kostelac to ensure that the Capone’s Speakeasy guest experience is a memorable one is General Manager Matt Lienhard, previously at Eureka! in Berkeley.
Capone’s Speakeasy is located in Downtown Alameda at 1400 Park Street, on the corner of Central Avenue. The restaurant is open six days a week: Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00 to 11:00pm, Thursday 4:00pm to Midnight, Friday and Saturday 4:00pm to 1:30am, and Sunday 9:00am to 9:00pm.
More information is available on their website: www.caponesspeakeasy.net. For reservations, call (510) 522-2391.
(all color photos courtesy of Capone’s Speakeasy)
PSBA Trivia: Many people have been asking “Why the name Capone’s Speakeasy in Alameda?” Not only did it seem to be a natural choice — it’s a night club inside an old bank building, after all — but a friend of one of the principal investors in the restaurant is the owner of Al Capone’s 1932 V-12 Packard automobile (authenticated and restored to original mint condition) and Capone’s 133-foot yacht that was custom built in 1930 and is now docked in Alameda. In the future, the vessel will periodically be used to host parties and Bay excursions in conjunction with restaurant related special events.
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