Blind Pigs were establishments that sold alcohol illegally. This could have consisted of lacking a license, operation outside of legal hours for the area, or during Prohibition. I have heard several opinions on the matter, but my favorite is that the “blind” in Blind Pig refers to being “blind drunk,” which could result from the consumption of low quality of alcohol.
You may be more familiar with the more widely-used term Speakeasy. “Speak-Easy” referred to the secret nature of the establishments, and the importance of speaking quietly about such establishments. The speakeasy establishments, or Blind Pigs, came into their prime out of necessity during Prohibition. Bling Pigs played a pivotal role for the alcoholic beverage industry during the 1920s and ‘30s. The prohibition of the manufacture and distribution of alcohol in the United States unintentionally created a culture that the lawmakers did not predict.
Blind Pig establishments decreased in abundance and popularity after the repeal of Prohibition, but we did not forget! Today, the Prohibition Era is revered for its classy and exhilarating parties, law-evading patrons and notoriously hidden locations. Enthusiasts today crave this experience. Former Bling Pigs are re-opening, and new establishments are popping up around the world. What could be a better name for our blog?