Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.
There were 3,000 speakeasies all over Washington DC and 22,000 gallons of liquor were smuggled weekly to these establishments.
During the Prohibition, the building's fourth floor at 1223 Connecticut Avenue was home to one of DC's most prominent speakeasies, The Mayflower Club. The speakeasy was home to a 30-foot bar that served elegant cocktails to high-society clients and, decorated with a mural of Mahatma Gandhi and other famous figures playing piano.Discover →
In 1933, in the waning days of Prohibition, police raided the speakeasy, seizing large quantities of illegal alcohol and arresting proprietor, Zachariah "Zebbie" Goldsmith. Today, 1223 Connecticut Ave., just south of Dupont Circle, is home to The Mayflower Club and Zebbie's Garden a multi-level restaurant, bar and lounge.Discover →