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Speakeasy: Secret Bars Around the World

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Hidden entrances, dark places, low music, smoke, women, crime and obviously alcohol--In the days of Prohibition (1920-1933), these were the explosive ingredients of the American speakeasy.

Frequented by gangsters such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, these underground bars and nightclubs have become the symbol of an epoch immortalized in cinema and literature. The new speakeasies are inspired by the typical unmistakable atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century, when it was necessary to speak under your breath to avoid detection by the police. These trendy bars have often been conceived by keen bartenders, who rediscovered the tastes of the mixed drinks of the 20s and 30s. Specially-made furniture, refined cocktails, entrance by invitation only, themed dress codes, nondescript facades, vintage atmosphere... nowadays the speakeasy is living a second life. Cocktails are now high-quality, sophisticated, and above all legal, but entering these clubs we jump into the past.

This book will lead you to the discovery of the most famous current speakeasies, smuggling you through the doors of a hidden but charming world.


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America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops

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When George Washington bade farewell to his officers, he did so in New York's Fraunces Tavern. When Andrew Jackson planned his defense of New Orleans against the British in 1815, he met Jean Lafitte in a grog shop. And when John Wilkes Booth plotted with his accomplices to carry out a certain assassination, they gathered in Surratt Tavern. In America Walks into a Bar, Christine Sismondo recounts the rich and fascinating history of an institution often reviled, yet always central to American life. She traces the tavern from England to New England, showing how even the Puritans valued "a good Beere". With fast-paced narration and lively characters, she carries the story through the twentieth century and beyond, from repeated struggles over licensing and Sunday liquor sales, from the Whiskey Rebellion to the temperance movement, from attempts to ban "treating" to Prohibition and repeal. As the cockpit of organized crime, politics, and everyday social life, the bar has remained vital - and controversial - down to the present. In 2006, when the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act was passed, a rider excluded bars from applying for aid or tax breaks on the grounds that they contributed nothing to the community. Sismondo proves otherwise: the bar has contributed everything to the American story. In this heady cocktail of agile prose and telling anecdotes, Sismondo offers a resounding toast to taprooms, taverns, saloons, speakeasies, and the local hangout where everybody knows your name.

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Work Coffee = Speakeasy

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  • Speakeasy Coffee Bar Logo on back
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem


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How to Drink Like a Mobster: Prohibition-Style Cocktails

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From John Dillingers Gin Fizz to Al Capones Templeton Rye, mobsters loved their liquoras well as the millions that bootlegging and speakeasies made them during the Prohibition. In a time when any giggle juice could land you in the hoosegow, mobsters had their own ways of making sure the gin mill never ran dry and the drinks kept flowing. And big screen blockbusters like The Godfather, GoodFellas, and Scarface and small screen hits like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire ensure that our obsession with mobsters wont run dry, either.


Mixology expert Albert W. A. Schmid shows how you can recreate the allure of the gangster bar life with step-by-step instructions on how to set up the best Prohibition-style bar and pour the drinks to match. Recipes include mob favorites like the Machete, the Paralyzer, Greyhound (Salty Dog), Say Hello to My Little Friend, and Angel Face, as well as classics like the Gimlet, Kamikaze, and Bees Knees. How to Drink Like a Mobster also includes profiles of the most notorious mobsters connections to the booze business, along with tips to stay under the radar in any speakeasy: always have at least one or more aliases ready, pay with cash, dont draw attention to yourself, and in the case of a raid, drink the evidence as fast as you can!



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A29 Rectangular Bar Speakeasy Door Grill/Grille, Black Powder Coat Finish. 10 Inch (W) x 9 Inch (L)

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FROM THE MANUFACTURER: A29 offers premium quality handcrafted products for your home & office. Express your personal style with the coordinating hardware for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and the rest of your home/office. A29 is the ultimate, time-tested source for your hardware needs. We guarantee your satisfaction through years of experience of serving customers across the globe. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Create a bold and unique entrance with this iron Rectangular Bar Speakeasy Door Grille. It is designed to be installed on doors with openings for viewing purposes and can also be mounted alone for use as a decorative piece.

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  • Iron Speakeasy Grill/Grille with four metal bars that cross to form a cage-like feature over an opening in doors and gates. Assures personal safety to your entry while making a grand impression.
  • Cast Iron. Heavy duty.
  • Black powder coat finish
  • Width: 10", Length: 9"
  • Includes mounting hardware such as screws


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The Greatest Speakeasies in New York City (Secret Guides Book 1)

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Down dark alleys, hidden behind boarded-up shops or anonymous doors, are New Yorks biggest secrets: the raucous, cocktail-swigging speakeasies that are still in operation 80 years after Prohibition ended.

Some are original relics from the Jazz Age, restored to their former glory whilst others have meticulously recreated the Prohibition era with antique fittings, gin in teacups, and a Boardwalk Empire aesthetic of bartenders in waistcoats mixing cocktails in subterranean pleasure palaces.

Several have an atmosphere of quiet refinement, with the murmur of conversation held within book-lined walls, others are more lively, with live music playing and customers singing and dancing till the small hours of the morning.

But each has its own unique charm. Boo York Citys editor, Boo Paterson, has spent years frequenting the speakeasies of Manhattan and is now sharing her confidential list of The Greatest Speakeasies in New York City in a new e-book; the first in a series of Secret Guides.

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America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops by Christine Sismondo (2011-06-21)

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Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined

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Time-honored cocktails like the New York Sour and the Sidecar were born during the era of Prohibition, the blessedly bygone social experiment that turned drinking into an underground adventure. In those days, hard beverage options were usually made with homemade hooch and flavorings of dubious origin and quality. 
    
Thankfully, a cocktail renaissance has emerged in many of todays bars, where inventive drinks showcase both the artistry and craft of bartending. At their moody and atmospheric West Village bar-restaurant Employees Only, master mixologists Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric can regale you with colorful tales of cocktail originsor just pour you a mean drink. In Speakeasy, Kosmas and Zaric take their inspiration from traditional favorites, then use the finest spirits, the freshest ingredients, and a good measure of reverence for their craft to elevate the mixed drink to artisanal status. 

More than 80 imaginative libations that riff on the classics are showcased in this one-of-a-kind collection. Recipes emphasize fresh fruits and herbs, homemade syrups and infusions, and a careful balancing of flavors, with a mind toward seasonality. A Ginger Smash is offered in four different versions: kumquat, pineapple, pear, or cranberry, depending on the time of year. The Millionaire becomes the Billionaire with the addition of homemade grenadine and 107-proof bourbon. And the South Side becomes the West Side by replacing the gin with sun-kissed Meyer lemoninfused vodka. With the specter of Prohibition firmly in the past, Speakeasy shares recipes for the choicest potent potables, reimagining the finest drinks of yesterday for todays thirsty imbibers.

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Fort Lauderdale's drinking den and speakeasy

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