On Thursday, Dec. 5, The Underground at The Mob Museum hosted its annual Repeal Day celebration featuring guests donned in their 1920s-era attire sipping on cocktails, beer, wine and moonshine.
Guests enjoyed a wide selection of passed bites and danced the night away with live jazz and swing music. Dec. 5, 2019, marked 86 years since the repeal of Prohibition, which had been enacted in 1919 by the passing of the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment made the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages illegal—and it was extraordinarily unpopular. U.S. citizens insisted on continuing to drink the newly illicit libations, giving the Mob a lucrative new racket and causing the proliferation of violent organized crime activity. Due to the public’s abject unwillingness to give up drinking alcohol, the amendment was repealed on Dec. 5, 1933.
The Underground at The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history experiential exhibition, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/
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