Speakeasies Were Prohibition’s Worst-Kept Secrets. When Prohibition took effect on January 17, 1920, many thousands of formerly legal saloons across the country catering only to men closed down. People wanting to drink had to buy liquor from licensed druggists for “medicinal” purposes, clergymen for “religious” reasons or illegal sellers known as bootleggers. Another option was to enter private, unlicensed barrooms, nicknamed “speakeasies” for how low you had to speak the “password” to gain entry so as not to be overheard by law enforcement. Take a seat on our speakeasy bar stool and relive those turbulent times! Item measures 31.5"H x 18.5"Dia. It's silver and brown in color.