Music, dancing, having a good time with friends and strangers alike. What’s not to love about a night out on the town, enjoying New York’s nightlife? It certainly didn’t hurt that Speakeasies were the best way to get a drink in a Dry America. Bars didn’t just undergo a name change with the 18th amendment however, most bars and saloons were drained dry. More than a few stashed away their alcohol though, and when the initial storm of keg-smashing and bottle-draining subsided, they set up in basements and back rooms. Some even had clever mechanical systems that had shelves and taps on pulleys, so if a police squad rolled by the Speakeasy just became a quaint cigar lounge.