Downtown Las Vegas, Lounges & Bars, Neighborhood & Local

The History of a Speakeasy

Of course this will lead to our next location, The Mob Bar.

A Speakeasy was an illicit liquor store or nightclub that operated during the Prohibition.  There’s been reports of  and estimated 100,000 locations in New York city by 1925.  According to the author of the Wikipedia entry;

“The term ‘speakeasy’ might have originated in Pennsylvania in 1888, when the Brooks High-License Act raised the state’s fee for a saloon license from $50 to $500. The number of licensed bars promptly plummeted, but some bars continued to operate illegally. Kate Hester had run a saloon for years in McKeesport, just outside of Pittsburgh. She refused to pay the new license fee and wanted to keep from drawing attention to her illegal business. When her customers got too rowdy, she would hush them by whispering, ‘Speak easy, boys! Speak easy!’  This expression became common in McKeesport and spread to Pittsburgh.”

We are hoping the Mob Bar lives up to the original spirit of the 1920’s speakeasy.  After our visit, we will review the venue here. If you would like to join us, here’s the link to the Facebook invitation.  To keep up with us, sign up for our email updates! Check the HHG Calendar page for dates and times for our next location!

If you have a place you would like us to visit, email us at HappyHourGangLV@gmail.com.

Until next time, Keep Calm and Get a Drink!

~KI..KI..KI..KINA

 

 

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