Welcome to the UK's first ever speakeasy mobile bar.
This fun and unique 1920's vintage themed bar is one of a kind, so let us take you back in time to the 20's when speakeasy bars were the talk of any city and the only place to drink and socialise the night away in style.Make an enquiry
Speakeasy bars originated in America in the 1920’s when the prohibition of all alcoholic beverages was enforced to prevent crime.
Little did the authorities know that this would start a rebellion and the development of many hidden underground bars. The bar tender term ‘speakeasy’ meant that people were supposed to speak easy at a bar, as to not draw suspicion towards the illegal activity of buying alcohol at that time.
The vehicle itself is a very rare hand painted 1920's style Fleur De Lys parcel van. Less than 100 high top vans were produced and only a hand full of these are still left in the UK today. No expense has been spared for our conversion to ensure that this one of a kind bar is eye catching and draws attention wherever we go.
The bar has elegance, charm and style with the added edge of being extremely versatile. Perfect for inside or outside wedding and festival venues. We can also cater for cosy soirées, festivals, community and corporate events. The bar can be used alone or with our extended bar facilities depending on the amount of guests or size of event.
We are able to offer an array of alcoholic / non alcoholic beverages to suit everybody's tastes, from classic to modern cocktails to ice cold lager and real ales. On board there is a triple fridge to house a range of soft drinks, wines, prosecco, bottled cider and canned lager, or contents of your choice. The doubled cooled cellar system ensures every pint pulled is served nicely chilled.
We are passionate about giving perfect customer service. We aim to make your special day or event unique by meeting your every need. We will manage and oversee your event according to your wishes, so that you and your guests enjoy a stress free, relaxing, fun experience.
Contact us and we will guide you on all aspects of your event; including licensing, access, facilities, products, etc. We also offer a ‘free of charge’ meeting or site survey prior to your event to speak face to face. We believe the personal touch is the only way to go.
The 1920's are renowned for the birth of the speakeasy bar, however the origins of these is much earlier and date back to the 1800's. The rise of the dark prohibition era of the 20's came about when the Volstead Act was passed on the 3rd October 1919, stating that alcoholic drinks over a 0.5 measure was illegal to sell, manufacture and transport.
The reason behind the act was to prevent crime in America and Canada in that time. People were unwilling to accept the law and this triggered a rebellion, which saw a dramatic rise in criminal and gangster activity. Bars were mainly run by gangsters and served barely drinkable liquor.
Owners of these concealed saloons were very wealthy, as you can imagine alcohol became a desirable commodity and people felt the need to indulge. Everyone not just criminals and gangsters found dealing in alcohol was very profitable.
Speakeasies were kept secret from the authorities, as to gain entry to the bar you would need a password or code to ensure you were not an undercover agent for the government. Alcohol was also transported in inconspicuous containers like coconut shells, hot water bottles and garden hoses.
The bars could be concealed within stores and other businesses. Liquor could be known as coffin varnish, panther sweat and rot gut, as part of the cover up.
As the years went on, more and more bars opened up and the prohibition era lasted between 1920-1933, even longer in some states. Speakeasy bars were especially popular in New York and some can be even found today, but these are no longer hidden.