From the 1930s forward up to today, unlicensed “after-hours” clubs have proliferated New York City and other areas to supply a thirsty public with a drink after closing time.
Since at least the 1920s, one of the most pervasive and lucrative rackets has always been unlicensed drinking establishments. During the 1920s Prohibition era where federal laws were enacted to outlaw liquor sales and consumption of any type, underground drinking clubs called “speakeasy’s” quickly proliferated throughout the United States to satiate and quench the public’s thirst.
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