speakeasy-was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920â€“1932, longer in some states). During this time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patronâ€™s manner of ordering an alcoholic drink without raising suspicion â€” bartenders would tell patrons to be quiet and â€œspeak easy.â€
Speakeasies became more popular and numerous as the Prohibition years progressed, and more of them were operated by people connected to organized crime. Although police and Bureau of Prohibition agents would raid them and arrest the owners and patrons, the business of running speakeasies was so lucrative that they continued to flourish throughout America. In major cities, speakeasies were often quite elaborate, offering food, live music, floor shows, and striptease dancers. Corruption was rampant â€” speakeasy operators routinely bribed police to leave them alone or to give them advance notice of raids.
The freshest gangster I know… Jbiz!
Jbiz and his lady friend!
Josh and his “big” cigar.
Josh and his lady friend.
Mike the bartender
The Police dumping all of our beer.
“Donny the Deputy” and “Billy the Sheriff” as the law enforcement.
Kelly and her pretty smile she is also “Donny the Deputy’s” lady friend!
Brooke posing. Josh and Brooke won best dressed couple.
Jen taking a nap after a long night of boozin.