An intimate and sophisticated speakeasy, the Red Moon transports patrons to the days of Prohibition. Located at the Park Hotel, this spot feels like your own private hideaway.
The term speakeasy, or “speak easy,” is a bartender term. This term was used to encourage folks to act in a relaxed manner when imbibing illegal booze.
The Red Moon Details
The Red Moon and the Park Hotel sit at the corner of Delaware and Loraine Avenues. Next door to the iconic Round House Bar and across from DeRivera Park, this bar is ideal for a cocktail preceding dinner or a nightcap before bed.
The Park Hotel itself was built in the 1870’s and the entire building has been lovingly preserved. The original dining hall is now the Red Moon. This space was also the Winter Bar, Chicken Patio indoor seating, an employee break room, a band room, and hosted various Round House Bar events.
This darkly lit bar includes the original tin ceiling, now painted gold, Jacquard wallpaper with a vintage feel, and engraved table tops. These table tops are really quite special. Old picnic tables from The Round House Bar used in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s have now been transformed into cocktail tables. History is very much alive at the Red Moon.
Drinks at the Red Moon
The Red Moon captures the days of Prohibition in both its settings and its cocktail menu. Their wine list is also quite extensive with bottles from all over the world including a great selection of West Coast wines. Craft beers, including some local favorites like Great Lakes Brewing, share the list with domestic and imported bottles.
They even make beer cocktails! The bartender pairs something like Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA with ginger beer, mango, and passionfruit. A really refreshing and unique summer beverage.
Order a martini or one of their new classics to really feel like a sophisticate.
Cocktail Menu Highlights
• Lake Erie Storm
• Blueberry Mojito
• Colonial Fizz
• Strawberry Balsamic Martini
• Sparkle Martini
• Espresso Martini
Red Moon creates their cocktails using only top-shelf liquor and the freshest ingredients. From an espresso martini with vanilla vodka to the Red Moon Martini with ABSOLUT, cranberry, lime and cointreau, each martini is as special as the Red Moon itself. Other classic cocktails include the Sloe Gin Fizz, the Sidecar, and Pimm’s Cup.
The History of Prohibition on Put-in-Bay
For those who dared to break the law, Lake Erie held a lot of promise during Prohibition. The frozen lake provided an ideal spot to run booze from Canada. Both men and women risked getting caught by the authorities to provide the nearby speakeasies with alcohol.
The Park Hotel holds a place in the history books with the story of a maid named Magi who was caught one wintry night attempting to run rum with her lover known only as Max. The arrest occurred during their last planned run across the lake in his 30 ft. Belle Isle Bearcat named “Midnight Fox”. A tragic yet romantic story, perfect for the Red Moon.