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A speakeasy was an establishment that was used for selling and drinking alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920-1933, longer in some states), when the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patron's manner of ordering alcohol without raising suspicion - a bartender would tell a patron to be quiet and "speak easy". The origin of the term "speakeasy" predates Prohibition by at least thirty years. Samuel Hudson, a newspaperman in the late 19th century, said he heard the term used in Pittsburgh in the 1880s by an old Irish woman who sold liquor without a license. She told her clients to "speak easy" if they wanted to buy some. The Cassell Dictionary of Slang lists the word as coming into use around 1890. The term spake-aisy was used even a century before this, where it referred to smugglers' hideouts. One former speakeasy, Chumley's, still exists in New York City at 86 Bedford Street. . It was owned by C.Collins and C. Arienti, and remains authentically decorated. There are no signs on the door to indicate that inside lies a bar and restaurant. There is even a secret back door leading out to a passageway on to Barrow Street so that customers could make a quick exit when the police called. Another former speakeasy still exists in Petaluma, California. Volpi's Ristorante used to be a market with a speakeasy and bar in back. The door to the alley still exists above the bar, behind the Italian restaurant, and the bar is still in business and does not look much different than it probably did in Prohibition days. Rumors of underground tunnels that cross the downtown area are still told to this day. There was even a brothel that is now Old Chicago Pizza in this western town, and the rumors are that there were more, where these tunnels run to. Speakeasies became more popular and numerous as the Prohibition years progressed, and also became more commonly operated by those connected to organized crime. Although police and United States Federal Government agents would raid such establishments and arrest the owners and patrons, the business of running speakeasies was so lucrative that such establishments continued to flourish throughout the nation. In major cities, speakeasies were often elaborate, offering food, live bands, and floor shows. The police corruption at this time was notoriously rampant; speakeasy operators commonly bribed police to either leave them alone or at least give them advance notice of any planned raids. Another slang term similar to a speakeasy is "blind pig". The difference between a speakeasy and a blind pig is that a speakeasy was usually a higher class establishment, where a blind pig was a lower class dive. A modern related term is the smokeasy, a discreet venue that operates in places where smoking tobacco in bars and clubs is prohibited.
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Why is a speakeasy called a speakeasy?

Answer . During Prohibition, many bars and clubs continued servng liquor illegally, as well as food and non-alcoholic bevarages. In most places there would be code words fo

What are speakeasies?

SPEAKEASY, also known as a "blind pig" or a "blindtiger," is an illicit or unlicensed establishment dispensingalcoholic beverages

What were speakeasies?

Speakeasies were secret bars that people were only aloud to talk quietly in (hence the name) and were used during the 13 years of prohibition.

Who banned speakeasies?

"Speakeasies" were illegal because of a combination of the Volstead Act and the Eighteenth Amendment which, in effect, banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in the United Sta

What is speakeasies?

bootleggers are men and or women that helped try to stop everyonefrom drinking they are called bootleggers because they secretlysold alcohol when it was outlawed

What are speakeasys?

A speakeasy is an illegal drinking establishment - they came into prominence during the Prohibition period in America - when there were many such places set up, and frequented

Why did speakeasy exist?

so people coulld still drink and buy liquor. cops knew about them too and they were paid off to not report them

Why were speakeasies created?

To allow people a place to drink alcohol away from the authorities. At the time prohibition banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in America.

Were there speakeasies in NJ?

One of them is still intact, and has its own website It's the oldCanty casino at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon, NJ.
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What are speakeasies and bootleggers?

Both were products of "Prohibition", established to outlaw the production, sale, and transport of "intoxicating liquors" (alcoholic products and beverages) by the 18th Amendme
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Who was a speakeasie what did he or she do?

A speakeasy was not a person, it was a place. During the Prohibition Era, there were clubs that still served alcohol. You generally needed to know someone to get into them. Th
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What is a Speakeasy Fileshack account?

Speakeasy is a series of video games. Speakeasy Fileshack is a platform that gives the video game players the possibility to download new games from Speakeasy, update or play