Eastern State Penitentiary's speakeasy gives guests a taste of spirits after haunted attraction

After being frightened at "Terror Behind the Walls," those with proper ID can enter "The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell."

John McDevitt
October 05, 2018 - 8:06 pm
The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There's a place for the 21-and-older crowd to calm their nerves after going though Eastern State Penitentiary's haunted fundraiser, "Terror Behind the Walls."  

After being frightened by the ghosts and goblins inside the prison, those with proper identification can enter "The Speakeasy at Al Capone's Cell."

The prohibition-style lounge is set up outside the cell of the former prison's most famous inmate. It costs an additional $10 and your first drink is included.

"My two favorite things, spirits and spirits," said Esther Saint Clair, a ghoulish flapper singer who entertains guests at the private speakeasy...."People love the giggle juice. They get spooked up real good and come through our doors and they just want to get down with that giggle juice, my darling."

Saint Clair says she feeds off her audience.

"I feed off their souls, I feed off their energy," she said. "It is absolutely the cat's pajamas."

Maybe an arm or a leg?  

"I mostly stick to the bones. I like to just nibble on the bones," Saint Clair said. "I'm that kind of girl. You got to watch the figure some times, you know."

You and five other people can sip on a drink while in your own private cell. 

There is a tarot card reader, contortionist, and table games.