No sheba or sheik worth his dough would call it a 1920s week without talking about the hottest joints in town. With the 1920s prohibition, people needed somewhere to get their giggle water, and speakeasies were just the place.
Often hidden rooms in larger establishments, speakeasies were usually run by gangsters, and required some sort of password to get into them. Illegal alcohol was served there, usually under some sort of code name like: coffin varnish, rot gut, tarantula juice, amongst others. The name speakeasy came from people having to speakeasy about ordering these drinks to not draw attention to them.
Even though everything was so secretive about speakeasies, some of them were quite similar to clubs you see today. They had live jazz, dancing flappers, and bartenders that usually worked closely with the gangsters. Okay, maybe that last part isn’t quite how clubs are today. 😉
The most interesting tidbit about these joints was the efforts that went into smuggling the alcohol to them. With alcohol being illegal, it became very profitable for bootleggers and Rum Runners to smuggle it into the US, and they were quite creative in some of the ways that they did this, and even more creative on how they got it to the speakeasies afterwards. They used false books, coconut shells, hip flasks, and even baby carriages with the baby perched on top of it. Anything for a good drink and an even quicker buck.
Anyhoo….if you would like to read more on the subject, this post here was very intriguing and informative, and if you would like to see some pictures of speakeasies that survived past the prohibition period, this site here is worth checking out.
So, tomorrow is the big day where we’ll be talking about what drove us into doing a roaring week on the 1920s…The Diviners. So stick around, and maybe you’ll get another book to add to your TBR pile out of it. In the meantime let’s hear in the comments what you thought of this themed week and maybe we’ll do some more in the future.