It’s almost funny how one of Charleston’s best-kept secrets is hidden in plain sight. But then again, that was always the motif of the speakeasy. Illegitimate parlors behind/above/outback of legitimate businesses that provided what the American people wanted and what the American government told them they couldn’t have. And Charleston has had a long, torrid and creative relationship with circumventing alcohol law. From the Blind Tigers ofthe State Dispensaryera to the hundreds of operating speakeasies during prohibition--come hell or high water, Charleston was never going to be separated from strong drink. However, in 1933 when prohibition was repealed, the clandestine drinking spots were allowed to come out of their shadows and the speakeasy was relegated to the historical lore of America’s love affair with alcohol.