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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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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…r various liquors, or patrons would have to ask for alcohol in roundabout ways for fear of being heard and arrested. A 'speakeasy' was a club in which the subterfuge was for one reason or another unnecessary--patrons could literally "speak easy" or order liquor without fear of consequences..
SPEAKEASY, also known as a "blind pig" or a "blind tiger," is an illicit or unlicensed establishment dispensing alcoholic beverages
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.
"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…tes.
bootleggers are men and or women that helped try to stop everyone from drinking they are called bootleggers because they secretly sold alcohol when it was outlawed
Alcohol was illegally sold in a speakeasy during prohibition.
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 freq…uented by otherwise law-abiding citizens.
so people coulld still drink and buy liquor. cops knew about them too and they were paid off to not report them
Speakeasies are Illegal bars that sell alcohol. They were started cause of prohibition in the nineteen twenties.
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.
One of them is still intact, and has its own website It's the oldCanty casino at Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon, NJ.
Speakeasies existed in virtually all towns and cities throughout the US.
Speakeasy was a term for an illegal drinking establishment during National Prohibition (1920-1933) in the U.S. Another was blind pig.
Both were products of "Prohibition", established to outlaw the production, sale, and transport of "intoxicating liquors" (alcoholic products and beverages) by the 18th Amendme…nt to the United States Constitution (ratification certified 16 January 1919; the amendment took effect 17 January 1920). The enforcement of Prohibition was provided for by Congress via the National Prohibition Act (hence the name Prohibition); the Act was also known as the "Volstead Act" in reference to Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who managed the legislation's progress through Congress. Prohibition spawned "speakeasies", or illegal drinking establishments, and "bootleggers", or providers of illicit alcohol products, in great numbers throughout the country. These were both a reaction to the continued demand for alcohol by a large majority of the citizenry despite any legal prohibition to the contrary, and represented some of the most visible of the many entrepreneurial business efforts to supply said demand. The widespread disregard for this law of the land ("speakeasies" proliferated in virtually every city, town, and village in the country, while "bootleggers" were even more widespread, and large-scale such operations spawned much of the great potency of---as well as the establishment of much of the initial funding enjoyed by---organized crime organizations; some of the same criminal organizations whose rise was rooted in Prohibition continue to plague America to the present day) and the total lack of success in the objectives of Prohibition resulted in even some of it's most ardent supporters calling for it's repeal. In what remains the only instance of a Constitutional Amendment being reversed, Prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment (ratified 5 March 1933).
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…ey were called "Speakeasys" as when you were in there you weren't supposed to talk loud or the police would find the club and raid it. Thus you had to Speak Easy.
eat and drink alcohol and have fun Doing illegal thingz
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 …demo versions. This is done by creating an account.