On this day in history, March 22nd 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a bill making it legal to purchase and sell beer and wine with 3.2% alcohol content.
In other words, it was the first significant blow to Prohibition. But in the years leading up to the ban being lifted, the drinking types had to be resourceful. While you could still get your fix in the backrooms of certain businesses, a lot of the illegal bars were in homes, cleverly tucked away behind sliding bookcases or disguised by other measures. These at-home drinking spots were essentially the precursors to the wet bars you see in McMansions today.
As the eightieth anniversary of the end of Prohibition nears, spurred into motion by our dear FDR , we're taking a moment to highlight the many awesome speakeasies that are still in existence throughout the U.S. Keep an eye out, the home in Wisconsin was allegedly a favorite haunt for Al Capone and Bugsy Malone.
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