Hidden atop Blue Steel Pizza Company on Glenwood Avenue, you’ll find Rab-Bit Hole, an Alice in Wonderland-themed speakeasy with chill vibes and great drinks. With the sliding of a decorated wall, you will be transported into a dream world. Here’s more about this new speakeasy, Rab-Bit Hole, that recently opened in downtown Bloomfield located at 285 Glenwood Avenue.
When entering Blue Steel Pizza Company, you would never know that up a flight of stairs is Rab-Bit Hole. The hostess radios up and someone comes to lead you to what seems like just another seating area until they slide the bunny-clad wall. Behind that door is an entirely different space with a lounge-like feel featuring moody lighting and low music.
Blue Steel opened in August of 2020, in the height of the pandemic, serving up Detroit-style pizza and an eclectic dinner menu. Now, they’ve added Rab-Bit Hole as a place to escape and enjoy as the new speakeasy to accompany it.
Lou Narvaez, Beverage Director and Creative Designer of Rab-Bit Hole, says on its website, “I wanted to create a space where we can neglect the reality of life for a short while and enjoy the beauty of conversation, unique liquid concoctions, and hunger-satisfying taste buds, Adding the sounds of house music to meditate and set the right mood for a night down the Rab-Bit Hole.”
The drinks, all named with a nod to Alice in Wonderland, are not your standard vodka/sodas and are unlike most cocktails found in the area. Order the “Wonderland” which is citrusy and fresh topped with sweet, smooth cocoa vanilla foam.
More of a tequila fan? The “Nonsense” is meant for you. With mezcal, basil, coconut, and lime, it will take you right out of gloomy-winter’s-end New Jersey weather and right onto the beach. It’s these types of cocktails that elevate the space and set it apart. The drinks menu is not available online but can be seen below.
While there are many restaurants that serve pizza in Bloomfield and the surrounding towns, Detroit-style definitely makes this a standout. The menu, which is served at both the pizza spot and Rab-bit Hole on a limited basis, includes different cuisines — Spanish, Mediterranean, Asian, American — and is sure to please any group. The full menu is available at Rab-Bit Hole from 8PM-10PM but becomes limited from 10PM-1AM. Check out the dishes here.
Reservations are a must at Rab-Bit Hole and a call to Blue Steel Pizza Company won’t do. Make sure you email nightlife manager Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. The speakeasy is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8PM-1AM.