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Speak Easy, Drink Often

By Ashley Bode | November 17, 2011

Photo: dewarsrepealday

Photo: dewarsrepealday

We all know about the speak-easy, those hidden gems that served as a hiding spot for the strong of heart during the era of Prohibition. Bartenders and barmaids kept Americans well-spirited with illegal hooch and the sounds of jazz during a time when “the man” kept fun under wraps. Where saloons once stood, new businesses opened and the bar moved underground or behind a mock-store front.

Passwords, handshakes and codes granted access to the lively scene. Hotspots were called speakeasies as it was necessary for guests to keep a low-profile upon entrance, keep quiet and “speak easy.” Beer and wine took a back seat to hard liquor which was easier to transport and hide. Women were suddenly allowed to enter as patrons and the cocktail was born when it became necessary to mix alcohol with something to make it more palatable.   Read More

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