Mobile in the 1920s was the wettest city in one of the driest states in America. In the Port City liquor was strong, jazz was hot, and speakeasies were hidden all over town. Guests on this 2-hour walking tour will hear stories from the 1920s as they make a Prohibition highball, sample two craft cocktails, and try a shot of moonshine!
During the Jazz Age a Mobile trumpeter rose to fame, a soon-to-be-famous novelist married a Montgomery debutante, and a secret society built a mysterious Egyptian temple in downtown Mobile. But the twenties could not roar forever. By the end of the decade the Azalea City was in the grip of the Great Depression, and Prohibition was an epic battle that turned Catholic against Protestant and urban against rural America—forever changing the social fabric of our country.
We’ll start our tour in a basement room where illegal booze was served to in the 1920s. Guests will hear how churches and Federal agents fought to stop liquor, just as bootleggers and smugglers kept the party going. Finally, a Federal raid brought everything to a halt with arrests and the Whiskey Trials. All guests on this 5-star tour must be 21.
- The tour begins inside the Lupercalia Art Society at 358 Dauphin Street.