The Omni William Penn Hotel Debuts Posh Social Lounge, Chic Enough for Gatsby

The Omni William Penn Hotel is proud to announce the opening of Speakeasy—a sophisticated social lounge that whisks patrons back to the Pittsburgh of the 1920s. The Speakeasy serves guests and locals Thursdays-Saturdays evenings.

A secluded space used as storage space for decades, the Speakeasy has been restored into its former historic glory. In true 1920s tradition, Pittsburgh's only Speakeasy is tucked beneath the hotel lobby on the William Penn Level within the depths of the Omni.  

“We are very excited to showcase another aspect of this hotel’s history to our guests and patrons” said Eric DeStefano, general manager of the Omni William Penn Hotel.  “The intimacy and classic beauty of the Speakeasy provides another unique venue for our guests to enjoy.”

The elegantly nostalgic and intimate space will feature exclusive elixirs such as Absinthe, along with other classic cocktails of the era. Innovative drinks with classic roots are the stars of the menu—from the Blood and Sand to the Light’s Out martini, and, of course, an Old Fashioned. The full bar includes top-shelf aged scotch and bourbon, smooth enough to delight any gangster.  Fourteen fine wines, ranging from California to Bordeaux, finish off the menu. Guys and dolls accustomed to Omni’s superior service will not be disappointed, as bartenders clad in nostalgic garb from the age of jazz provide service beyond expectations. 

Visually, the Speakeasy references the noir era with plush scarlet seating surrounded by lavish flocked wall covering, topped by a tin roof remains true to Pittsburgh’s classic elegance and prohibition discretion. Dark and sensual, cozy and private —Speakeasy is the ultimate urban getaway. 

Since 1916, the Omni William Penn Hotel has delighted travelers and Pittsburgh residents alike with attention to detail in all aspects of hospitality. The addition of Speakeasy will add to Omni’s legacy of service and local flavor. Bon vivants who love Omni’s famed Terrace Room, Palm Court and Tap Room will take pleasure in Speakeasy for pre-theater cocktails and after-dinner night caps.


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