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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Renderings for phase two show a speakeasy-style design with large chandeliers.
Open only from 7-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the speakeasy has a Chinese motif and serves craft cocktails mixed from the medal-winners at the Distilled Spirits Competition.
Expect the same speakeasy vibe as the original Bavette's, the same jazz soundtrack and the same difficulty snaring a prime-time table.
Patrons at any of the fair’s bars can ask for a special phone number to text and await instructions to a secret elevator that leads to a speakeasy designed to celebrate the Asian immigrant experience of the 19th century.
Speakeasy, in San Francisco’s Bayview District, opened in 1997, and since then has become known for its Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA, the two beers submitted for the opening-round event of October Madness.
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: a place where alcoholic drinks were sold illegally in the U.S. during the 1920s
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