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Happy Days Ahead – The End of Prohibition USA

Quote of the Day: “A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. ” Abraham Lincoln

Happy Days Ahead – The End of Prohibition USA

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On This Day In Food History

Sighs of relief were expressed across the United States on this day – December 5th, 1933. The Volstead Act was voided allowing states to control the distribution and sale of alcohol. Hospitality business had suffered terrible losses under this legislation. Many prominent establishments found they couldn’t remain open under the restraints imposed by the Volstead Act. It appeared that happy days were indeed ahead for those dependent upon alcohol sales to boost their profit margins.

Background Information

Prohibition came into force at midnight on January 17, 1920, and the first documented infringement of the Volstead Act occurred in Chicago on January 17 at 12:59 a.m. According to police reports, six armed men stole $100,000 worth of “medicinal” whiskey from two freight train cars. This trend in bootlegging liquor created a domino effect, with criminals across the United States. Wikipedia

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The National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, was enacted to carry out the intent of the 18th amendment, which established prohibition in the United States. Later this act was voided by the Twenty-first Amendment. 

The Domino Effect of the Volstead Act

In America, the temperance movement was in full swing. Alcohol was becoming a big issue. The leaders of the movement were driven to ban the production and sale of spirits in the U.S. The Volstead Act was passed and the prohibition of alcohol was set to go into effect on January 16th the following year. This unsuccessful Act caused the demise of many great American restaurants including the original Delmonico’s in New York. Because of a lack of revenue in liquor sales and the fact that so many of their famous dishes required the addition of alcohol to make the recipes pop. 

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We all know what happened when this Volstead Act came into effect and the underworld took control of what most of America seemed to consume in even greater quantities – alcohol. Speakeasies became prominent and there were more of them than there were legal drinking establishments of the past, especially in New York City

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Atlanta GA Speakeasies

Speakeasies are still alive in a legal form here in Atlanta. There is something inviting about being in the know about where to find them. Here are a few of our favorites

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1) The War Room at Churchill’s: Churchill’s is one of Buckhead’s established watering holes. To get the War Room, go past the main bar and down the staircase to the restrooms. Enjoy the majesty of Winston Churchill’s portrait as he is sitting on what appears to be his throne wearing what I guess would be a wartime rendition of a tuxedo holding what might be a Cuban cigar. Be careful when throwing darts if you have had a few drinks.

2) The Porter Beer Bar: Main bar here is Little Five Points has over 800 beers. However, if you go all the way to the back and down the hidden stairwell you can get a selection of aged beers you won’t find anywhere else in the world. 

3) Edgewood Speakeasy: At the old 4th Ward Pizzeria Vesuvius hides an old world bar behind a secret door on the left side of the restrooms. The bookshelves are the key to entry. Once inside enjoy an extremely strong cocktail and a slice from the Pizzeria out front. 

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