The Houston Brothers' New Speakeasy, Dirty Laundry
By Lesley Balla
October 11, 2013
Mark and Jonnie Houston are at it again. Just on the heels of their latest debut, No Vacancy, they opened a quirky basement speakeasy next door. They say Dirty Laundry was actually Rudolph Valentino's speakeasy, where he'd escape with some Hollywood honeys under the Boulevard, and that doesn't seem too far-fetched, even if it is Silver Screen lore. Like their other spots, La Descarga and No Vacancy, where entry is half the fun (you walk through an armoire in the former, and figure out which secret door leads you to the latter), to get in you have to find the call box and press in a code name; you'll get that by following Twitter. Also like their other spots, the decor pays homage to the history of the space with vintage wallpaper, antique light fixtures and tufted banquettes. The drinks, of course, are key, here taking playful riffs on classics like Manhattan slushies, barrel-aged cocktails and juleps garnished with Pop Rocks. Dress to impress, but cocktail attire isn't necessary. DJs will keep the dance floor pretty full. Dirty Laundry airs it out Tuesday through Saturdays beginning at 10 PM.
1725 Hudson Ave.; 323-462-6531