Iconic 1920s NYC Speakeasy Chumley’s Has Reportedly Closed For Good


A 1920s bar, known as a spot for literary legends like Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger will reportedly not be reopening after the pandemic.

Chumley's, located in greenwich village at 86 Bedford street is permanently closing as reported by Untapped Cities. Despite the website still stating the restaurant is only 'temporarily closed', Untapped discovered that the restaurant is selling much of their interior goods on an auctioning site.

“This fabled West Village, NY location is closed for good and everything must be sold regardless of price,”it states. This includes commercial kitchen equipment, tufted leather booths, and the framed author portraits and book jackets that once adorned the walls.

The bar has been in New York City since 1922. Over the years it has closed, reopened, reconstructed, but each reopening it paid homage to its important literary history. The original owner, Lee Chumley, made it a spot for writers with visitors like Hemingway and Salingers as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Simone de Beauvoir and Jack Kerouac.

The New York Times described it saying, “Chumley’s first quietly and selectively opened its unmarked door, inside a hidden courtyard at the end of an alley, during Prohibition. Flappers, sailors, actors, Wobblies, writers heading for fame and bohemians heading for nowhere ate and drank in its windowless rooms.”

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