Wa­ter­ing Holes

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

Dur­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion, the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol car­ried on in the Brew City, of­ten in­side hid­den speakeasies like “Mike’s Soft Drink Par­lor” at First and Wash­ing­ton streets (the build­ing now home to the c.1880 restau­rant) and Kegel’s Inn in West Al­lis (which is still in op­er­a­tion), ac­cord­ing to the Mil­wau­kee County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s mag­a­zine. At Mike’s, booze was stashed in an ar­moire with a false bot­tom, and de­liv­ered from an up­stairs bed­room through cop­per pipes. And at Kegel’s, the pro­pri­etor brewed beer in the base­ment, with a but­ton-op­er­ated, mo­tor­ized trap door lead­ing down.

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