Where were NY's Prohibition-era speakeasies?
One of those "still" operating is the
Champagne Paradise: Flute Formerly Texas Guinan's speakeasy at 205 West 54th Street
visit Flute Bar for more information on this place.
86 Bedford Street-- Chumley;s. Ever heard the term "let's 86 it"? Based on this place-- needed to exit quickly when they got a signal from thr police
there are probably hundreds of bars in nyc that were speakeasies in the 1920's. here are 2 i know in east village: bar none 98 3 avenue NYC, ohanlons 349 E 14st NYC.
Places called speakeasies were where alcohol was drunk. Speakeasies were hidden places where the government didn't know where they were. You needed a password to get into speakeasies. People who smuggled alcohol were called bootleggers. They would hide the alcohol in their boots, jackets, bags, etc.
Speakeasies and bootleggers were a result of the Volstead Act, which started a period known as Prohibition. During that time, production, transport, and sale of alcohol was illegal, so bootleggers got alcohol illegally, and people could hide the fact that they were drinking alcohol by drinking at speakeasies.
There weren't two particular policemen who tried to close down speakeasies (illegal drinking spots). Prohibition agents were responsible for raiding speakeasies, finding stills and arresting gangsters. Bribery was fairly high among these agents. Local police all over the country struggled to keep the locals in line.