The Underground at The Mob Museum Celebrates One Year Anniversary, April 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: One of the many premium Prohibition-era cocktails offered at The Underground, The Bee’s Knees, and right: A jazz band performs onstage in The Underground.

THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, SATURDAY, APRIL 20

After serving countless Prohibition-era cocktails, specialty microbrews, hundreds of gallons of distilled moonshine, The Underground at The Mob Museum approaches its first anniversary. Join the celebration, sponsored by Jim Beam, on Saturday, April 20 and experience the tastes and sounds of the Roaring Twenties, along with a variety of extraordinary special offers.

The Underground Anniversary day-long specials include:

  • The chance to try The Underground speakeasy’s new spring menu, featuring our new Bathtub Fizz cocktail made with blueberry gin, Aperol, lemon, egg whites and Absinthe bitters as well as our new house-brewed Underground Ale IPA
  • A one-day-only raspberry-infused moonshine cocktail
  • A take-home Mob Museum Souvenir Beer Growler
  • Buy one, get one 50 percent off The Mob Museum’s moonshine souvenir bottles (750 mL sizes only—any variety)

From 8 p.m. to midnight, the anniversary activities will also feature live entertainment by Amanda King and Her Prohibition Three and Maker’s Mark cupcakes from sponsor Jim Beam.

Of course, the popular addition to the Museum has enhanced the educational journey for visitors, who can learn about the Mob’s rise during Prohibition and the integral role speakeasies played for fulfilling entertainment during that period. The lively Art Deco environment, which captures the essence of the era, has become a staple in downtown Las Vegas, providing jazz nights and other top-notch entertainment leaving guests feeling like they have stepped back in time each time they visit.

For more information about The Underground’s Anniversary Celebration, click here.

This event is open to guests 21 and older only. Free entry at speakeasy side door with password “Put on the Ritz.”

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, and sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. Its house-distilled moonshine received top honors, the Double Gold Award, from The Fifty Best. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibit, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

The Underground at The Mob Museum to Host a “Spirited” St. Patrick’s Day Party

 

Pictured: A shot of whiskey in a Museum shot glass. As part of the
St Patrick’s holiday weekend, The Underground will offer a beverage special
including a shot of Irish whiskey and Guinness.
(Photo Courtesy of The Mob Museum)

 

THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM TO HOST A “SPIRITED”
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY

WHAT:
To commemorate the return of legal drinking on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Underground at The Mob Museum will be hosting a “spirited” celebration. In 1921, the holiday was once “dry” as Irish officials banned alcohol sales on March 17 for fear of excessive drinking. Alcohol remained banned on that date until the law was repealed in the early 1960s, when the Irish could once again raise a glass to celebrate the holiday. This year, on St. Patrick’s Day at The Underground, guests will enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage specials and whiskey tastings. The event is generously sponsored by partner John Sullivan Whiskey and West Cork Distillers. Free entry will be granted through the side door with the password: Dolled Up.

In addition to the festivities on St. Patrick’s Day evening, The Underground will offer a Guinness and Irish Whiskey shot special for $10 all weekend long starting Thursday, March 14.

WHEN:
March 14 – 17
Guinness/ Irish Whiskey special offered 10 a.m. to midnight

Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day party at The Underground, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE:
The Underground at The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibit, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM:
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, and sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. Its house-distilled moonshine received top honors, the Double Gold Award, from The Fifty Best. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit TheMobMuseum.org. Connect on Facebook or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.

The Underground at The Mob Museum Announces Holiday “Cinn-City” Moonshine Flavor

 

The Underground’s Cinn-City Moonshine in 750-mL and 50-mL varieties.

THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES “CINN-CITY,” LIMITED-EDITION HOLIDAY MOONSHINE FLAVOR, AVAILABLE
BEGINNING DEC. 19

The Underground, the new Prohibition history exhibition at The Mob Museum, announces Cinn-City, its festive moonshine infused with the flavors of the holiday season. As with all The Underground’s moonshine, this variety is house-made in the distillery’s 60-gallon, copper-pot still, the spirit is a Las Vegas corn whiskey made with double-distilled, 100-percent corn mash. Blended with the subtle spicy-sweetness of Ceylon cinnamon and the bolder heat of Saigon cinnamon, this moonshine showcases the extraordinary flavors that have made cinnamon a prized commodity through the ages.

The new holiday flavored moonshine will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 19 in The Underground’s distillery for $23.95 (750 ml) or $7.95 (50 ml). The original Mob Museum unflavored moonshine is offered for $20.95 (750 ml) or $6.95 (50 ml). Mix-and-match three-packs are also available: three 750-ml jars cost $39.95 (may include one Cinn-City jar) and 50-ml bottles are priced at $19.95.

The Mob Museum is open until 9 p.m. daily, while The Underground remains open until midnight. For more information, call (702) 229-2734.

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibit, featuring a distillery, speakeasy and private VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Its custom-made, copper-pot still, dubbed “Virginia Still” after mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s notorious girlfriend Virginia Hill, has a capacity of 60 gallons and can serve up to 250 750-mL jars of moonshine per week. The Underground also brews and serves craft beer onsite. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the correct password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @themobmuseum.

The Underground at The Mob Museum Announces Winning Entry of Pot Still-Naming Contest: “Virginia Still”

Portrait of Virginia Hill

 

THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES WINNING ENTRY
OF POT STILL-NAMING CONTEST: “VIRGINIA STILL”
 

Name References Virginia Hill, Infamous Chicago Outfit Courier and Girlfriend
of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel
 

Following an Instagram contest that generated more than 30 entries,  The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announced the winning name for The Underground distillery’s artisan copper-pot moonshine still: “Virginia Still.” Submitted by Instagram user @sam.sees.earth, the name provides a playful twist on the name of one of the more intriguing and notorious organized crime figures with a Las Vegas connection, Virginia Hill.

About Virginia Hill
Hill, once referred to as the “Queen of the Mob,” was a courtesan and entrusted cash courier for infamous American gangsters from the 1930s through the 1940s. She began her career as the apprentice of Mob bookmaker Joe Epstein in Chicago, before rising higher than any other woman in the nation’s underworld, an equal among infamous male racketeers such as Meyer Lansky, Joe Adonis, Frank Costello, Johnny Rosselli, Charles and Joe Fischetti, Tony Accardo, Frank Nitti, William “Ice Pick Willie” Alderman, Jack Dragna and, most famously, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. In 1945, she joined Siegel for the fateful building, opening, closing and reopening of Siegel’s syndicate-financed Flamingo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Rumors swirled that by 1947, Siegel had skimmed $2 million of the Flamingo’s building “costs” of $6 million, giving it to Hill to hide in a Swiss bank.

All told, Hill’s organized crime career was alleged to include directing drug trafficking out of Mexico, money laundering, using sexual acts to coerce information out of men and the collection and delivery of racket-earned cash. She was eventually subpoenaed by the Kefauver Committee, the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce in 1951 and was indicted on tax-evasion charges. She moved to Europe with her Austrian ski instructor husband, Hans Hauser, and son; there her movements were monitored by U.S. and Interpol agents and she was suspected of having deposited as much as $5 million in Swiss banks for the underworld. Hill died of a drug overdose in 1966.

About The Underground’s Artisan Pot Still
The Underground’s artisan copper-pot still was custom-made for the Museum by CARL Artisan Distilleries and Brewing Systems in Germany, that country’s oldest fabricator. Situated in The Underground’s distillery, the system distills corn-mash moonshine, which is available at the speakeasy bar and for sale in The Underground. The still has a capacity of 60 gallons and can distill approximately 250 bottles of 750 ml moonshine per week.

Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Prohibition shut down thousands of breweries and distilleries across America, but it could not eliminate the public’s desire for alcohol. It simply forced the brewing and distilling of booze into the shadows, contributed significantly to the rise and proliferation of the Mob in America.

Numerous artifacts found in the distillery and speakeasy add depth and context to the experience. Items to be on display include a beaded chiffon dress, ca. 1926, which is an example of the new and bolder fashions that became popular during the Prohibition era due to the rise of flapper culture, as well as a 5-gallon whiskey still, one of the smaller home stills used to make alcohol during Prohibition.

In addition to house-distilled moonshine, The Underground speakeasy features house-brewed craft beer and distilled vodka as well as tempting Prohibition era-inspired cocktails, draft beer, wines by the glass and non-alcoholic drinks.

For more information about Prohibition, visit the Museum’s online exhibit at prohibitionhistory.orgInformation about the contest may be found here.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.