So you’ve come to Put-in-Bay’s historic Park Hotel. It was built in the Victorian Era and hasn’t changed much since. Even many of the 19th Century residents are still here, such as the ghostly “Governess” who watches over children at the bottom of the lobby stairway. You want a drink, but The Round House Bar is not quite the scene you’re after. What you’re looking for, friend, is the Red Moon Speakeasy Lounge. A speakeasy is an unlicensed bar common to the Prohibition Era, about which one is to “speak easy” lest the flat-footed coppers or, worse, the brutish dames from the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union come and smash up our good time. At Red Moon, one can soak up criminal elegance between a painted tin roof and hand-engraved picnic tables.
Legend tells of Max Fox, a Canadian fisherman turned bootlegger. During the dark days of Prohibition, he supplied Put-in-Bay with alcohol he ferried across Lake Erie. His 30-foot Belle Isle Bearcat named “Midnight Fox” was an angel’s chariot to thirsty Americans. Amid runs, the fantastic Mr. Fox would dally with a local hotel maid named Magi. Magi was on board the fateful night that the Coast Guard ambushed the smuggler’s ship with a deluge of gunfire and murder. No survivors were found, but maybe if you're lucky you might 'see' them around town, when you least expect it.
So put on your glad rags and put down some giggle juice at the Red Moon Speakeasy Lounge! You'll be sure to have a good time at this Put-in-Bay favorite.