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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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There is a famous custom motorcycle shop, South Bay Customs, and a very cool distillery, R6, with a speakeasy on the premises. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "Sleepy little El Segundo is suddenly on the radar and fighting to keep its small-town identity," 17 Apr. 2018 Following the premiere, guests including Helena Christensen and Anna Sui took a short stroll to the nearby Back Room, a clandestine watering hole, hidden down a staircase and through an alleyway, that once served as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert Spook Moviegoers at the Premiere of Greta," 20 Feb. 2019 Thanks to the chronic lack of short term memory that afflicts so many Riverdale residents, Veronica is almost won over by Hiram swooping in to save the day at her speakeasy. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 The Blue Lady, Moss Beach Distillery The winding, wooded drive to this former speakeasy and allegedly haunted restaurant sets the mood for cozy imbibing. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 The second show will be held at 9 p.m. Monday at Lola, the speakeasy above Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E Washington St., Louisville. Sarah Riley, The Courier-Journal, "We're hosting two free concerts with J-Council, one digital and one at Lola," 1 Feb. 2018 No worries, however, since Veronica plans to open a speakeasy in the basement of Pop's, asking FP to manage it in order to show Serpents that they are also welcomed. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 Powers works for her father in a speakeasy during Prohibition and sleeps with many of his customers at his behest. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "9 great movies that explain cinema’s fascination with New York women," 13 July 2018 Seth Pietras Seth Pietras, Corporate Affairs Director, Gunvor Group Le Verre à Monique This speakeasy is one of the best bars in the city. Kelly Dinardo, WSJ, "Geneva Beyond the Cliché," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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