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Pop up Speakeasy at the Old Melbourne Gaol

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of:
Published May 15th 2013
Gangsters and cocktails, a taste of the 1920's
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.

Speakeasy 21Club Venue
Speakeasy 21Club Venue c/o wikipedia

On Thursday July 18 2013 the National Trust will be holding a special event, a "Pop up" Speakeasy, at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

National Trust
National Trust

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
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

Date and Time:

Thursday July 18 2013
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne
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Why? Uncover the story of one of Melbourne’s first gangsters, whilst sampling a prohibition style cocktails.
When: Thursday 18th July, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Phone: 03 8663 7260
Where: Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne
Cost: $30 pre booked ticket
Your Comment
Such a great topic to write about but awfully hard to find images for. Pity images were not supplied by National Trust. I had a similar problem in writing about the Squizzy Exhibition.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5675) 2349 days ago
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