Unveiling the Hidden Gems: 10 Michigan Speakeasies You Can’t Miss!
Prohibition and Michigan have an interesting relationship. Although the nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages started on January 17, 1920, Michigan had a jump on things starting its ban way back on January 17, 1917.
From the crackdown on the sale and enjoyment of spirits across the state, and the country, secret and hidden establishments popped up that allowed the sale and consumption of alcohol. With bootleggers and smugglers onboard, the Speakeasy was born. According to Wikipedia, "A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages, or a retro-style bar that replicates aspects of historical speakeasies."
Now, we all know that Prohibition has long been gone, but there was something so alluring and exciting about making your way through a hidden door or staircase to enjoy a cocktail that has just held on.
I have to admit, exploring some of these little pieces of history around the country has been a bit of a passion of mine. The Back Room, on the Lower East Side in New York is a big favorite, considering the hidden door is the same one the infamous Bugsy Siegel himself used back in the '20s. Major gangster vibes.
The cool thing is, you don't have to travel from anywhere in Michigan to find some really interesting and unique Speakeasies. So get ready to look for that hidden door, or search for a hidden passageway, and head off to check out these must-see Michigan Speakeasies.