World’s top 10 speakeasies

2nd December, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

In celebration of Repeal Day this Friday, when the US government lifted its Prohibition act, we round up some of the world’s best speakeasy bars for clandestine sipping.

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These are the top 10 speakeasy bars

At the start of the 20th Century in 1919, the US government passed legislation criminalising the creation and sale of alcohol, which went on to last for 13 years.

Bootlegging was rife and the country witnessed a surge in organised crime as a corrupt police force turned a blind eye to the growing mafia mayhem, frequently profiting from the illegal industry themselves.

Speakeasy bars came into prominence during this time and became infamous for their illicit boozy offerings behind unassuming doors.

Today, “blind pigs” or “blind tigers”, as they are also known, have become hugely popular with modern consumers for their historical ties, exclusivity and excellent cocktail offerings.

On December 5 1933, Utah – the last state needed for a 75% majority, ratified the 21st Amendment, resulting in the repeal of Prohibition and the restoration of America’s alcohol manufacturing industry.

To mark the anniversary of Repeal Day this Friday, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 speakeasy bars.

Think we’ve missed any out? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

One Response to “World’s top 10 speakeasies”

  1. Go to http://www.safe-house.com to see the place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. It is a restaurant/bar hidden behind a door reading: International Exports, Ltd.

    Unless you know the place you would just think it was an office. You can Google Image it for photos. Place has been there since 1966.

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