Prohibition to Present: Speakeasies of Metro D
By: Cara Boyer
January 20, 2016
Everyone has his or her favorite watering hole in the city of Detroit. Back in Prohibition times, that was still the case, even when booze was smuggled into the city and distributed (illegally) at speakeasies, also known as blind pigs or blind tigers. Since the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol is all perfectly legal nowadays, speakeasies are no longer secretive, yet some of them still exist!
Grab a drink and get a history lesson at the same time at one of southeast Michigan’s most notorious speakeasies:
A secret basement bar beneath a farmhouse was where locals enjoyed a drink during Prohibition times at this Mt. Clemens establishment. Today, Frank’s has the oldest liquor license in Macomb County and serves drinks along with a menu full of Coney dogs, burgers, chili, pulled pork sandwiches and more.
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Michigan’s oldest bar continually in operation, the “House” originally served as the clubhouse for Detroit’s Purple Gang during Prohibition days. After the last members were jailed or killed during the mid 1940s, the structure turned into the bar it is today.
Not your typical bar, don’t be put off by the fact that it’s a two story Victorian house in Detroit. Grab an Atwater Purple Gang Pilsner and you’ll feel right at home in no time!
These days, Cadieux Café is known as a hot spot for featherbowling, but did you know it was an even hotter Prohibition-era speakeasy? There is a huge selection of Belgian beers on the menu, as well as specialty entrees like Roast Beef, Beer Stew, Blackened Chicken and Belgian Sausage.
Don’t forget about the featherbowling and live music!
Although they haven’t been around since Prohibition times, if you can’t get enough of blind pigs, also check out these modern speakeasy-style bars, including The Oakland (Ferndale), The Keep (Detroit) and Café d’Mongo’s (Detroit).