Ybor’s new lounge is scary good — and totally hidden


Something spirited lurks behind the bookcase on the second floor of the Stone Soup Company. No, it’s not a ghost or vampire or Demogorgon. Press the right spine on the shelf and the cases will retract to reveal the SpookEasy Lounge — a lush gothic escape in Ybor.

The lounge describes itself as the most haunted kratom and kava bar in the city. The delicate stained glass window, wine red walls and decadent leather seats make you feel like you’re on the set of the original Nosferatu.

One of the spot’s first customers raved about the kratom green with caramel. Even if you’re not in the market for a drink, this spot caters to those with a penchant for adventure.

Downstairs you can enjoy the always exceptional Cuban sandwich at Stone Soup Company — and then sneak back upstairs for a proper fright. The owners partnered with Stone Soup so visitors can choose from a wide variety of beverages, including Stone Soup’s full liquor bar and coffee and tea selection.

Be mindful of the pictures on the wall, though, they’re known to follow you as you enter the lounge.

SpookEasy Lounge is the Victorian fever dream we’ve been yearning for.

Where is the SpookEasy Lounge located? The SpookEasy Lounge is located on the second floor of the Stone Soup Company, 1919 E 7th Ave.

You can learn about SpookEasy’s hours by visiting their Facebook page.

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