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May 1, 2010

Why do women drink in bars? Prohibition.

martick's wasn't really a bar, but it was kind of a speakeasy  restaurant.An esteemed former colleague of mine turned me onto this intriguing New York Magazine story about the effects of Prohibition.

Before Prohibition, most women didn't drink in bars. Saloons were men-only. That changed during Prohibition.

People didn't really have house parties (as we know them today) until Prohibition either. And people didn't order name brand liquor with the same enthusiasm until Prohibition. 

Definitely check out the article. It's cool stuff.

(Baltimore Sun archive photo of Martick's, which looked like -- but wasn't -- a speakeasy.)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Check out the handout at the Owl Bar. It touches on a lot of that and it happened right there.

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