History BEHIND THE NAME

Back in the days of Al Capone and the American prohibition (1920-1933), Speakeasies ran rampant throughout the cities. They were places to buy illegal alcohol and party. In addition to Speakeasies, Blind Tigers and Blind Pigs emerged.

Patrons would buy tickets or tokens to see the "Blind Tiger", but really all they were doing was avoiding the cops and drinking illegally. That is why some were called "Blind Pigs", to taunt the law enforcement (pigs).

These were more of a blue collar Speakeasy. Some displayed a tiger statue in a front window with a blindfold on, which indicated that no one was watching, BUT if the blindfold was removed then you dare not enter! Blind Tigers ran rampant throughout this era because they were so profitable, and as soon as one was shut down another would emerge. Illegal drinking establishments ran uncontrollably until prohibition’s end in 1933. 

 "PROHIBITION IS BETTER THAN NO LIQUOR AT ALL." - Will Rogers

In Charleston, South Carolina Vincent Chicco, a cafe owner, ran a Blind Tiger in his basement. He cleverly designed a coin that said, "GOOD FOR 5 CENTS IN TRADE AT CHICCO'S CAFE", and when you turned it over it revealed a picture of a blindfolded tiger.