Shake Things Up with Cocktail Making Classes at a Prohibition Museum Speakeasy



This month 110 years ago, Georgia’s governor signed a statewide prohibition law.


The banning of alcohol in Georgia didn't last long, but it went almost a decade dry. Today we celebrate alcohol in all forms and in all places. We drink at home, in bars, while perusing the streets, and in prohibition museums themselves. If only the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union saw us now!

America’s only prohibition museum is located in the heart of Savannah’s City Market. In addition to the historical walk-through museum, the American Prohibition Museum has a separate speakeasy called 220 Congress Street Up. The bar is decorated with prohibition memorabilia and newspapers declaring the nation-wide alcohol ban hang on the walls. The bartenders are dressed like 1920s mixologists and jazz plays quietly in the background. The bartenders are well quipped in making authentic prohibition cocktails, and now, so can you.

Starting in October, the museum’s bar will offer cocktail-making classes so that you and all of your friends can learn to shake things up like a 1920s speakeasy bartender.

The hour to hour and a half class begins by taking a seat at a bar table where you will be greeted with assorted snacks, cocktail-making equipment and a few key ingredients. The bartender takes the class through the cocktail assembly process by explaining what each equipment item does and how to use it. The class is fun, interesting and informative.


But the real fun begins when you start adding together the ingredients given to you, which are personalized according to individual taste. If you follow the instructions, everything comes together and creates a delicious cocktail that you get to drink and enjoy with friends. By the end of the class, you will be able to shake, stir and pour like a pro.

If you want to take your new skills back to the house, the American Prohibition Museum gift shop offers the exact same equipment that you used in class.

Cocktail classes begin October 11 and will be held on Mondays. The speakeasy will offer bi-weekly classes, which can be booked for group events, team building or bachelor and bachelorette parties. For more information visit or call (912) 551-4054.

The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the speakeasy is open Thursday from 5:30 – 11 p.m. as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.