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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Speakeasies

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The methodology of Speakeasies may have changed over the years. However, the underlying facts that shaped these controversial and daredevil clubs are still prominent to date. Here are ten amazing facts you didn't know about Speakeasies.

Top 10 Facts of Speakeasies

1. Origin

Before the age of jazz music and in the "Great migration," Speakeasies were owned and operated by gangsters who employed black musicians from the south and moved to northern cities like Chicago.

2. Mode of Entry

Being a controversial endeavor with illicit activities, not everyone was granted entrance. To gain admission, a patron had to know of a secret handshake, knock, or password. Most establishments had bouncers at the gates ensuring that entry was only permitted based on personal recognition and acquaintances.

3. The Effect of Prohibition

The prohibition, which was not properly structured, resulted in unforeseen expansions for the Speakeasies. Following the amendment, growth rates were determined to double in States like New Jersey and New York, which recorded as many as 100,000 Speakeasies, twice the prior count.

4. Hauntings

Today, it is believed that the spirit of the dead patrons from as far back as 1920 hover in the Speakeasies that remain. The primary reason Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles still attracts tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of tall shadows and the sounds of people coming down empty stairs.

5. Gender Impact

During its prohibition, speakeasies spurred a new form of sociability between men and women. Before the ban, women were not welcome because of gender roles. However, the new world of nightclubs and jazz paved the way for "flappers," women with a reborn sense of Independence and liberation.

6. Decoys

Owning to the activities that dominated Speakeasies, operators and we're always on the lookout for law enforcement. This motivated a lot of hidden gadgets and decoys built to disguise the bars.

7. Rise of Al Capone

With the growing demand for alcohol, Johnny Torrio solicited help from Al Capone to help rid of his competition so he could adequately dominate the sphere in 1920.

Following a failed assassination attempt in 1925, Torrio retired, handing over the business to Al Capone.

8. Racial Interrelations

Gangsters who ran activities around the Speakeasies provided a bridge for different classes and races of people to intermingle. Whites that were drawn to Speakeasies eventually entered interracial marriages.

9. Martinis and Mixed Drinks

Exceptional cocktails were a big part of America at the time. Before the prohibition, European bartenders had to travel to the US to perfect their art of mixology. After the ban, these men and women relocated back to Europe, leaving Ameri with amateur bathtub gin and moonshine.

10. Origin of Jazz Music

Jazz music was one of the most relevant innovations of Speakeasies. Which immediately became a sensation throughout the American Midwest, East Coast, and developing cities like Chicago and New York. These cities became bustling centers for Jazz music entertainment.

Lucky's Lounge In Boston 

While speakeasies were prohibited from the 1920s to the 1930s, they were undoubtedly a tool of structural change! Now that you know a bit more about the history of speakeasies plan a trip to Lucky's Lounge in Boston! Browse our menu and check out our happenings to stay up to date with the latest bands! We look forward to seeing you.