blind pig / blind tiger

These are American slang terms for an illegal drinking establishment. Blind tiger is most commonly found in the South. Its synonym, blind pig, is more common in California, the Northwest, and the Northern Tier states.

The terms apparently arose from a practice designed to circumvent laws that prohibited the sale of alcohol by the drink or licensing fees associated with such sales. Proprietors of drinking establishments would advertise animal curiosities and give customers who paid to see the animals a “complimentary” drink. Often, there were no actual animals to be displayed and the name was a thin facade that law enforcement officials winked at.

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