Farewell to the 18th Amendment, but not to the bars that act as though we’re still in the prohibition era!
Speakeasies originated during the 1920’s when alcohol was then illegal but the demand was still so high that establishments were driven underground to service the needs of John Q. Public.
To gain entrance to a speakeasy one would have to provide the correct password to the doorman so as to protect the integrity of the secret (and illegal) operation. Speakeasy was a term bartenders used to remind their patrons to “speak easy,” so that unwarranted suspicion would not be brought upon theme and essentially foil the ruse.