Prohibition in Albany

The city of Albany experienced a period of mayhem once the Volstead Act of 1919 established Prohibition. Albany, a successful brewing and distilling capital, which had exported its famed beverages all over the world, shuttered its facilities. Alcohol production went underground, speakeasies popped up across the city, and bootlegging contributed to the rise of the organized crime and colorful characters like Jack "Legs" Diamond.

2019 marks the centennial of the passing of Prohibition in the United States. To celebrate this era of history, Albany will be re-telling the fascinating stories and tales of the city during Prohibition. Stay tuned for special events and programs in 2019. 

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ADCO Bar & Bottle Shop

Programming Preview: Prohibition in Albany

Here's a preview of Prohibition-themed things to look forward to in 2019. More

Jack Legs Diamond

Jack "Legs" Diamond

Learn about infamous bootlegger and gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond! More

Ten Broeck Mansion

Ten Broeck Mansion

Stay tuned for special events and programming for "Speaking Easy: Prohibition in Albanyā€¯ at the mansion next year. More