from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bar-room or saloon where liquor is sold (illegally) without a license. Also used adjectively.


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  • A block or so away from Insert Coins stands City Hall which seems as good a place as any for Hsieh to spell out his vision, not just for the building -- "there are jail cells in there; we're thinking of turning them into nap rooms, or maybe a speak-easy" -- but for the whole of downtown Vegas.

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  • In Oakland's openly drug-tolerant district, I am taken to a cafe-style dispensary where buyers pore over the choicest buds for smoking and buy cuttings for $12 apiece, to a medical marijuana club where three members are drawing on skinny cannabis cigarettes, and to a curtained speak-easy where the patrons are enjoying a game of pool.

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  • First up, a note about the absense of Tim Stack, your trusty GG recapper; he spent the eveningout celebrating his 30th birthday at some underground NY speak-easy, so this mousewas giventhe privilege of filling in while thecat was away.

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  • Although the Wooly, a bar in a Financial District skyscraper that you'd never find if you weren't looking for it, has the feel of a speak-easy, a party there Thursday promoted responsible drinking.

    A Little Whiskey and Some Friends

  • In the early hours of Sunday morning, Detroit cops—tipped off that a black uprising was about to set fire to their town—had raided a blind pig speak-easy in a black neighborhood.

    A Country Called AMREEKA

  • The distinctly modern group of cool kids, might have been teleported from a twenties speak-easy.

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  • The bright blue structure at 1415 Ocean Avenue is The Georgian Hotel, once a hot spot for celebrities and today, still operates a speak-easy in the basement (group bookings only).

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  • * Wheeler was somewhat milder here than he had been a few months earlier, when he claimed that Butler supported a program “soaked in avarice, lust, and rum,” and that he belonged “with the boot-leggers, rum-runners, owners of speak-easy property, wet newspapers, underworld denizens, alcoholic slaves and personal liberty fanatics in his fight to bring back booze.”


  • In the year 1927 we were playing jazz in a speak-easy just south of Morgan, Illinois, which is seventy miles from Chicago.

    The Body Ricardo

  • Does old-timey Schweikart also teach his students that if they imbibe too much applejack at a speak-easy, they'll all have to wander around the village square wearing nothing but a barrel?

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