It is no secret that speakeasies were an important means of alcohol consumption during Prohibition. We’ve heard stories of the illicit characters that Prohibition inspired. The laws that conflicted with the drinking culture of the 1920’s and 1930’s forced operations underground, and DIY distilling became a popular hobby of choice. Whiskey was not as easy to make (requiring barrel-aging), and Gin became much more commonplace. Mixing in fruits and sweeteners into spirits became routine, making beverages more palatable. This became particularly important with the persistent danger of being discovered by law enforcement. People wanted strong, accessible, and easy drinking. This preference has lingered far beyond the repeal of Prohibition.
Many of the Speakeasies closed their doors after the repeal of Prohibition, no longer vital to the cocktail community. Some, however, remained open. As more speakeasies are opening today, one of our favorite pastimes is find the most interesting speakeasies around the globe. I have encountered some interesting and exciting venues, with impressively hidden locals. For many of these venues you have to know what you’re looking for. Unmarked entrances, special phone booths, and hidden under ground alley ways are some of my favorite things! So long as they lead to tasty cocktails. I am not sure that I could choose a favorite!
Please post about your favorite speakeasies from around the world, and be sure to include #spiritof33 so that we can check them out, too!