Rational Alchemy: Speakeasy 10th Anniversary
Sara Carrillo drops by the Lounge to tell Rational Alchemy viewers about Longmont's Speakeasy nightclub's 10 Anniversary celebration.
Still photographs by Nigel Aves Photography.
Produced by T.G. Lewis at the Captn's Lounge Studio for the CiT NETWORK.
The Speakeasy is locacted at 301 Main Street Longmont, CO 80501
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The history of the speakeasy dates back to the Prohibition era in the United States, which lasted from 1920 to 1933. During this time, the production, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages were banned nationwide under the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The term "speakeasy" itself refers to the practice of patrons speaking quietly or "easily" to avoid drawing attention to the illegal activities taking place inside these establishments. Speakeasies were clandestine bars or nightclubs that operated illegally, serving alcoholic beverages to customers.
The Prohibition era was characterized by widespread disregard for the law, and many Americans continued to consume alcohol despite its prohibition. The demand for alcoholic beverages created a lucrative market for bootleggers, who smuggled alcohol from overseas or produced it domestically in hidden distilleries called "moonshine" or "bathtub gin."
To meet the demand for alcohol, speakeasies emerged as hidden and exclusive venues where people could gather to socialize, drink, and listen to live music. They were often located in basements, behind unmarked doors, or in secret rooms within legitimate businesses such as restaurants or soda shops.
Speakeasies developed a unique culture and atmosphere during this time. They became associated with jazz music, dancing, and a sense of rebellion against the restrictive laws of Prohibition. Patrons would engage in lively entertainment and socialize, often dressed in glamorous attire.
Owners of speakeasies took precautions to avoid detection by law enforcement. Passwords or secret handshakes were used to gain entry, and lookouts were stationed to warn of any approaching authorities. Additionally, many speakeasies employed bribery or corruption to ensure that law enforcement turned a blind eye to their activities.
Famous gangsters such as Al Capone and Owney Madden became notorious for their involvement in the illegal alcohol trade and the operation of speakeasies. They often controlled multiple establishments and used violence and intimidation to protect their operations.
The era of speakeasies came to an end in 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. The legalization of alcohol eliminated the need for secret drinking establishments, and many speakeasies either closed down or transitioned into legitimate bars and clubs.
However, the legacy of speakeasies remains influential in American culture. They are often romanticized as symbols of rebellion and a bygone era of clandestine entertainment. In modern times, some bars and restaurants have embraced the speakeasy theme, recreating the ambiance and aesthetics of the Prohibition era as a nostalgic homage to this unique chapter in American history.