speak·​easy | \ ˈspēk-ˌē-zē How to pronounce speakeasy (audio) \
plural speakeasies

Definition of speakeasy

: a place where alcoholic beverages are illegally sold specifically : such a place during the period of prohibition in the U.S.

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The event will feature the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band, a speakeasy, food, a castle tour and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 And in keeping with the history of the original location in Minneapolis as one of Minnesota’s first speakeasies, soirees are planned. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "West St. Paul’s 5-8 Grill & Tap celebrates anniversary with Juicy Lucy specials and more," 31 July 2019 Nearby, beyond an unassuming Oaxacan restaurant, sip pisco sours and dry martinis at Hanky Panky, one of the city’s hippest speakeasies (direct message the bar on Instagram to secure a reservation and directions). Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 Much like Prohibition unintentionally gave rise to speakeasies, the idea of dedicated cannabis-friendly consumption lounges is appealing to some members of the community. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 Wrap up your day at La Factoria, a quirky and playful (and very locally famous) speakeasy in the Old City, or change into respectable duds and head to Condado for a swanky sip and dinner above the sand at Oceano. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 6 Aug. 2019 The house boasts striking coffered ceilings with crown molding, a Waterford Crystal chandelier dangling over the staircase, and the original speakeasy design—checkered floors and all—in the basement. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Swanky 19th-century mansion yours for $2.25M," 30 July 2019 Photo: Good Deed Entertainment Most of us know Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Riverdale's New York City rich girl turned small town speakeasy owner. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Camila Mendes Has An Emotional Altercation In This Exclusive Clip From Coyote Lake," 25 July 2019 Chuncho’s bar was built from the wooden back of a produce truck, and the bartender grew up herding sheep in the mountains, but Chuncho serves the type of craft cocktails that launch downtown speakeasies. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of speakeasy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of speakeasy

: a place where alcoholic drinks were sold illegally in the U.S. during the 1920s

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