prohibition | 1920 -1933
When the Eighteenth Amendment banned the consumption of alcohol, Neumann's found itself in a quandary. Fortunately, Neumann's quickly solved that problem. In 1920, Neumann's began to sell near beer in the main bar, bait to local fisherman out of the basement, and with an attitude of "let the do-gooders be damned," Neumann's opened a speakeasy upstairs.
As you enter Neumann's today, the staircase that leads to the speakeasy is behind the door directly to your left. If you get the chance, head up the stairs and check out the keyhole window that ensured only "welcomed" guests could enter the speakeasy.
While you're up there, check out the phone on the wall. This phone connected to another installed behind the main bar downstairs. This system allowed the bartender in the main bar to readily alert revelers upstairs anytime Elliot Ness and his Band of Untouchables came sniffing around.