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Prohibition Era Throwbacks: 5 Speakeasies In London To Hit Up

Experience the thrill of a bygone era with London's best-kept secret—a clandestine 1920s speakeasy with Prohibition-style vibes

Most speakeasy bars have secret entrances Photo: @thetenbellse1 /Instagram

During the Prohibition era in America, the sale of liquor was banned, and speakeasies were illegal establishments that sold alcoholic beverages. These places were often referred to as "blind pig" or "blind tiger" and were associated with the years between 1920 and 1933 in the United States. At the height of Prohibition in the late 1920s, there were over 30,000 speakeasies in New York alone. If you want to see what we are talking about, check out iconic films like "Some Like It Hot" (1959), where a speakeasy gets raided, and "Once Upon a Time in America (1984)." Access to speakeasies during Prohibition was restricted and required a secret password or some complicated knocks. In some cases, stamped tickets could also serve as an entry. Membership cards were a standard means of access in New York City.