Spring, Texas – June 27, 2018: Prohibition Texas made its own history as the first business to secure a liquor license in Old Town Spring and lends its aesthetic to a time when that might have been impossible.
The modern-day speakeasy occupies the spacious two-story building on Preston Avenue where The Italian Joint previously stood. It includes plenty of sitting room indoors and on its front patio, and upstairs room and bar that can be booked for private parties, and a lavish cigar lounge.
Owners Effie and Brad Stees experienced some delay in obtaining the license and opening the bar in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which seems reflective of the difficulties of the era after which Prohibition Texas is named.
“What drew me to this was what people would do to get a drink,” explained Effie, referencing the time in American history when the creation and sale of alcohol were constitutionally banned.
Nightlife went literally underground to avoid police raids from 1920 to 1933 after religious temperance groups and concerned middle-class wives raised concerns about the ill effects of alcoholism, especially in men.
Now Prohibition Texas provides cocktails and spirits reminiscent of the ‘dry’ decade and boasts 40 signature cigars to be enjoyed in their cozy upstairs lounge without affecting guests in the non-smoking areas.
“It’s more a celebration of the repeal of the Prohibition Act…to lift up a glass with friends and neighbors and just enjoy a good cocktail,” continued Effie, sitting at the reclaimed copper and barn-wood bar that Brad and her son built.
Since the opening in April of this year, mixologist Belinda Lara has whipped up various specialty fire and smoke cocktails. She demonstrated her exciting technique for Spring Happenings, which can be seen in our short video clip. Effie’s current favorite is the luminous Last Word, which combines chartreuse, gin, lime juice, and maraschino liqueur.
The couple also owns the Envy Wine Room and Why Not Envy Me clothing and gift boutique on Gentry Street. The decision to open the bar came with a desire to improve the late night scene of Old Town Spring, which is known for its charming and subdued small town square feel. They hope to eventually extend their hours past midnight.
Prohibition Texas also hosts a variety of special events, including trivia and live music, and hopes to participate in the upcoming Old Town Spring festivities. Their food menu has started off small, but hosts fun dishes with names like “Bonnie and Clyde Deviled Eggs” and “El Capone’s Ceviche”.
Make sure to ask Effie about the murals decorating the bar, which were created by local artist Anthem Black and feature lesser-known Prohibition legends willing to risk it all for a decent drink.
Prohibition Texas is located at 26420 Preston Avenue Spring, Texas 77373 and opens full-time on Friday, June 22, 2018.