The thrill of a speakeasy is unlike any other. The hidden entrance, the secret password, the dimly lit space, the jazz music and dancing, and the prohibition cocktails all meld together to create a sense of taboo. Now one Launceston establishment is channeling the 1920s to create their own speakeasy during winter.
Stelo at Pierre's has created a special Sunday night speakeasy pop up - that will run from May until August - inviting the Launceston community to warm up in the 1920s-style.
Stelo co-owner Lauren Johnston said she and business partner had been wanting to open a bar for a while, as they had experienced at strong cocktail trade at the restaurant.
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Ms Johnston grabbed the opportunity with both hands when the team were approached by Tourism Tasmania about participating in their off-season winter campaign. From there, Oscura was born.
"You come through the back area. It's secret, it's hidden. You access it through iron gates ... and it's off of a court yard," Ms Johnston said.
"[Oscura is] mysterious, and dark, and fun."
Ms Johnston said the appeal of the speakeasy was that it was different to other offerings in Launceston.
"Those types of taboo, experimental curations are what people are looking for," she said.
"I just think it's that special invite. People feel like they are in the know."
The speakeasy will provide prohibition inspired cocktails, limited release Tasmanian wines, local brews and snacks.
Ms Johnston said she would encourage people to dress up, with many of her staff embracing the 1920s-style.
Ms Johnston said the name Oscura was chosen after the Italian word for dark.
The event completely sold out on its opening night on May 2.
Each Oscura night is scheduled for Sunday evenings and runs from 5pm to 11pm - when Stelo does not normally trade.
Oscura is free but tickets are required. Tickets can be claimed via eventbrite.