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Speakeasies: their history and current incarnations

What are speakeasies and their history?

A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or a blind tiger, is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. These establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920-1933), when the sale of alcohol was illegal. Speakeasies were often hidden in inconspicuous locations, such as basement apartments.

Are speakeasies just for criminals?

Although speakeasies were often associated with criminal activity, many speakeasy owners were legitimate businessmen who simply wanted to provide their customers with a place to drink in peace. In fact, speakeasies were often much more comfortable and inviting than traditional bars. They often featured live music and dancing, and speakeasy owners often went to great lengths to make their establishments look like ordinary homes or businesses.

Present incarnations of speakeasies

The speakeasy era came to an end with the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. However, the legacy of speakeasies lives on in the form of secret bars and clubs. These establishments are typically located in hidden or inconspicuous locations, and they often require special passwords or invitations to gain entry. While they may not be as prevalent as they were during the prohibition era, secret bars remain a popular attraction for those looking for a unique night out.

Clandestino: The PaPo's Speakeasy

Did you know PaPo's has its very own speakeasy? Head over to Clandestino for more info!

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