They Drank to That: Bars, Beer and the Beat of Hamtramck

Author(s): Greg Kowalski 

ISBN: 9781634990394
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For decades, the city of Hamtramck, MI, has had a legendary association with bars. Its 2.1 square miles was packed at one point with at least 200 bars, clubs and other places that served alcohol in some form.
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For decades, the city of Hamtramck, MI, has had a legendary association with bars. Its 2.1 square miles was packed at one point with at least 200 bars, clubs and other places that served alcohol in some form.

During Prohibition, there were hundreds of speakeasies that openly flaunted the law and played host to the whole metro area's leading political figures and upstanding citizens—as well as murderers and thieves—among many others. Hamtramck's bar scene seemingly was not like anywhere else.

Through the decades bars in Hamtramck have served as social centers, power bases for politicians, dens of crime, and red-hot venues for cutting-edge music. With their pervasive presence, the bars became cornerstones of the community.

It's a staggering thought but the vast array of bars that has flourished in the city have made a powerful contribution to its character and even its existence.

Exploring the history of Hamtramck's bars is a fascinating journey that lays out the character of the community—for better and for worse.


BOOK ISBN 9781634990394
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2017
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 107 colour photographs

 

 






Greg Kowalski was born in Hamtramck, MI, attended school in Hamtramck and received a degree in journalism from Wayne State University. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, and has written for and edited numerous newspapers and magazines. More recently he has served as communications director for Bloomfield Township, MI. Since 1998, he has been chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission and is a director of the Hamtramck Historical Museum. This is his eleventh book on local history, including nine on Hamtramck.