Women also began to insert themselves into the business of speakeasies.
In 2007 secret underground rooms thought to have been a speakeasy were found by renovators on the grounds of the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton, New York.
One example for a speakeasy location was the "21" Club in New York.
The poor quality bootleg liquor sold in some speakeasies was responsible for a shift away from 19th-century "classic" cocktails, that celebrated the raw taste of the liquor (such as the gin cocktail, made with Genever (sweet) gin), to new cocktails aimed at masking the taste of rough moonshine.
These masking drinks were termed "pansies" at the time (although some, such as the Brandy Alexander, would now be termed "classic").
The quality of the alcohol sold in the speakeasy could range from very poor to very good; this all depended on the way the owner got the product.
Cheap liquor was generally used because it would help with profits.
Some were operated by people who were part of organized crime.
Even though police and agents of the Bureau of Prohibition would often raid them and arrest their owners and patrons, they were so profitable that they continued to flourish.
A drawer runs into a wall of what appears to be a billiard saloon.
You pull out the drawer, drop in your change, shove the drawer back, call for what you want and then pull out the drawer again and there it is, "Straight" or "Spiked" just as you'd have it.
In many rural towns, small speakeasies and blind pigs were operated by local business owners.