The forthcoming release of the movie The Great Gatsby romanticises the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, as we see subsequent Gatsby inspired events organised, celebrating the fashion and style of the era.
However, the 1920's was also a time of social change and restriction. In a decade we remember flapper fashion, a thriving jazz music scene, and the birth of Art Deco, by the latter part of the 20's, the Great Depression set in; a time of great hardship despondency, and uncertainty.
During the 1920's and 1930's, the infamous United States Prohibition of Alcohol took place, eliminating the manufacturing, transportation and sales of it.
A time also associated with well dressed gangsters, also saw the introduction of "Speakeasy" establishments, otherwise known as "Blind pig" and "Blind tiger" venues, that illegally sold alcoholic beverages.
On Thursday July 18 2013 the National Trust will be holding a special event, a "Pop up" Speakeasy, at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
This event will take you on a journey back to the 20's where you will sample prohibition style cocktails made by fantastic creative team behind Trink Tank and Bar Americano.
There will also be an opportunity to uncover the story of one of Melbourne's first gangsters through an after dark viewing of the Old Melbourne Goal's exhibition, sampling the excessive lifestyle that Squizzy and his associates were accustomed to through song, dance and all the trappings of a decadent 20's lifestyle.
The Old Melbourne Gaol
Tickets are $30pp which includes 1 'prohibition' style cocktail, additional beverages & food will be available for purchase on the night.
This is a strictly 18 event, bookings can be made online here, by calling the Bookings Office on 03 8663 7260 or email email@example.com. Date and Time: Thursday July 18 2013
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne