In the United States, Prohibition was the period from 1920 - 1933 when the making and selling of alcoholic beverages was not permitted.
During the Prohibition era, a number of watering holes, speakeasies and other secret venues sprung up where patrons could consume alcohol. Some of them are in still in existence today and they make the perfect venue for Roaring 20s and 30s themed events. Invite your guests to come in period costumes and you're all set.
The Drifter, Chicago
The Drifter below Chicago's Green Door Tavern was a speakeasy during Prohibition. It's down the stairs behind the bar, The capacity is only 37 so guests wait in an anteroom until they can enter.
The Back Room, New York
A popular speakeasy during Prohibition, The Back Room is concealed behind a sign for Lower East Side Toy Company. Drinks are still served in teacups and bottles of beer are served in brown paper bags. An even more secret space is hidden behind a bookcase.
It may not be widely known that, in Canada, various provinces and the North West Territories enacted legislation to prohibit the manufacture and sales of alcohol at various times between 1856 and 1927.
The Staff Room, Ottawa
Another venue located behind a false bookcase, The Staff Room is inside Union 613 restaurant. Guests must pull on the right book in order to enter this dimly lit bar venue.
There are even replicas of speakeasies in countries that did not have prohibition.
The Rabbit Hole, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sandals Ochi Beach has a unique venue called the Rabbit Hole. You might miss it if it isn't pointed out to you. It's the first replica of a speakeasy in the Caribbean.
Every day, the password to gain entrance is posted in the resort newsletter. Enter and your guests will be immediately transported back to the 1920s and 30s.
The interior is pictured above.
Photo Credits: Sandals, Richard Elliot, Ignite Magazine