June 15, 2024

Breweries & Bars

Positive, speakeasy-style bars and craft cocktails aren’t new, however in Marblehead, The Hidden Door stands out.

Todd and Victoria Horvath pose for a photo inside their new bar, The Hidden Door.
The Hidden Door is a brand new speakeasy-style bar that focuses on craft cocktails in Marblehead. Courtesy of The Hidden Door

Search for a white picket fence, and also you’ll discover a bar tucked away in Marblehead that’s standing out from the city’s typical nautical-themed joints and waterfront eating. 

Named The Hidden Door, there’s no signage or perhaps a noticeable entrance, taking inspiration from speakeasy-style bars that rose in reputation a number of years in the past.

Husband and spouse homeowners Todd and Victoria Horvath mentioned they took a threat when opening The Hidden Door. There are bars in Marblehead, however most are in eating places and don’t particularly deal with their cocktail packages.

“Once you stroll in right here, you positively don’t really feel such as you’re in Marblehead anymore,” Victoria mentioned. “We’ve got a variety of nice eating places and a variety of nice bars which have such an enormous following. Our area, although, is totally totally different. It’s all purposeful to really feel that manner.”

The bar was years within the making for the Horvaths, who mentioned proudly owning a joint is the primary for them regardless of a few years within the service business. 

After years of tending bar and ready tables at different institutions, they determined in 2019 to run their very own bar, one that will be impressed by the Twenties Prohibition period as a nod to the last decade to return.

They in fact couldn’t have predicted the pandemic to interrupt their enterprise plans, however Todd mentioned it gave them much more time to rigorously put collectively a theme. 

Throughout an interview, the Horvaths didn’t need to give an excessive amount of away to maintain some thriller in relation to the brand new bar, together with how you can get in, hours, and the menu (it must be famous that their handle is listed on-line).

Victoria mentioned individuals ought to search for the “white picket fence” however that the door is actually hidden. Cryptic images on Instagram present moody lighting, classic books, and a leather-bound menu. Victoria designed the bar with burgundy furnishings and velvet curtains, in an area simply barely lit up with candles. 

“It’s positively a moody, attractive feeling right here,” Victoria mentioned.

However they have been keen to dish about some drinks. Some are basic, Prohibition-era cocktails which have stood the take a look at of time. Others come from the early aughts, a interval that revived conventional drinks and approach. 

One such cocktail on their menu of 12 drinks is the revolver with espresso syrup made in-house, espresso liqueur, bourbon, orange bitters, and a flamed orange peel. 

“It offers it this caramelized orange taste on prime,” Todd mentioned. 

There’s additionally a white negroni, a gimlet with rosemary, and the scotch-based penicillin. Every of the cocktails, Todd mentioned, have at the very least one ingredient that’s made in-house. 

Todd mentioned they aren’t right here to reinvent the wheel, however slightly deliver cocktails to Marblehead that they’ve loved after having labored in eating places and bars for many years. 

“Our drinks are created with a bit of little bit of care and preparation, and also you watch that occur in entrance of you, and I believe that there’s one thing magical about that,” he mentioned. “That makes the drinks style a bit of higher.”

If patrons need a beverage aside from a cocktail, the Horvaths mentioned in addition they have beer, wine, onerous seltzers, and even mocktails out there. There’s additionally a meals menu that features small bites and desserts, which Victoria mentioned makes it the right place to go in Marblehead for an after-work beverage, or for a post-dinner nightcap.

In case you occur to go there when there’s a wait, which in line with some commenters on their Instagram, there very properly could also be, the Horvaths mentioned they’ve been passing out sizzling buttered rum to maintain patrons heat whereas they stand in line. 

“We’re extraordinarily grateful,” Victoria mentioned. “We don’t have any hours posted, we don’t have an indication, and folks discovered us. It’s actually, actually cool.”