word – “prohibition”
- Definition #2. the prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933
Derivation: late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin prohibitio(n-), from prohibere ‘keep in check’.
- 1. (during Prohibition) an illicit liquor store or nightclub
Derivation: “…so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public…” Wikipedia
word – “86”
- Definition #1. To remove. To end usage. Or take something out or away.
Derivation: Chumley’s, a famous and OLD New York speakeasy, is located at 86 Bedford Street. During Prohibition the “entrance” was through an interior adjoining courtyard “Pamela Court” used to provide privacy and discretion for customers. As was a New York tradition, the cops were on the payroll of the bar and would give a ring to the bar that they were coming for a raid. The bartender would then give the command “86 everybody!”, which meant that everyone should hightail it out the 86 Bedford entrance because the cops were coming in through the Pamela Court entrance. Urban Dictionary.
I can not confirm or deny the existence of a speakeasy somewhere in Pasadena. If it did exist it of course would be secret. One would have to know the password for entry.
If Elegant Music were to provide music for such an event at such a location we might play “speakeasy jazz” from the 20s and 30s. In this case all I can say is that such an event would be a proper use of an underground parking structure!
Here’s to great parties where no one has to 86!
Eric Zimmermann Elegant Music 626-797-1795
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