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The history of drinking in the United States goes straight through the heart of New York. As with so many aspects of the city, that history has run from gritty to stylish and back again. For generations, taverns and saloons were largely places for men to gather, drink, gamble and chew tobacco. Prohibition, however, changed all that. The idea of bars as hospitable, welcoming spaces — only really gained traction when liquor sales became illegal. With the advent of speakeasies, owners and bartenders suddenly had a new clientele: women. The social appeal of speakeasies pulled them into new and vibrant communal spaces with bar stools, live #jazz and a new breed of cocktails. Despite the end of Prohibition, in 1933, these changes to New York’s drinking culture endured, opening up the scene to a broader audience. In this photo from the #nytimes archive, New Yorkers celebrated the return of legal beer on April 7, 1933. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos from the New York bar scene. #tbt
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