Historic Macon won a Downtown Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to host a series of "Preservation Pop-Up Speakeasies" in vacant and underutilized spaces through Macon's urban core. The speakeasies will take place in 2017 and offer glimpses into historic spaces that are no longer in use. Chelsea Hughes of the Moonhanger Group will provide original cocktail menus inspired by the speakeasy locations and Macon's colorful past. Join us as we step into unexpected places and celebrate the incredible architecture of the place we are privileged to call home.

The Progress Club

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 | 7-10PM | 690 first street | $15/TICKET

Can a building disappear from the written record? Can a clandestine bar sit conspicuously next to the city police department without being raided?

Indeed, it can. The Newman Building at 690 First Street has a storied past. Built around 1875, it served as the Progress Club, a private social club only open to gentlemen, prior to Prohibition. It also operated as a pharmacy and bakery before disappearing from City Directories in the years of Prohibition (1920-1933). Of course, there is no record to confirm this building once housed a speakeasy but the absence of any written material is a good indication less than legal activities occurred there.

Explore this fascinating architectural gem and experience its history in downtown Macon during The Progress Club: a preservation pop-up speakeasy hosted by Historic Macon and MMI Capital.

Tickets are $15 and include four hand-crafted cocktails carefully curated by mixologist masterminds Chelsea Hughes and Dylan Lowman and lite bites provided by Moohanger Group.

Historic Macon’s series of preservation pop-up speakeasies are made possible by the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Use the ticket form below to purchase tickets. This event is limited to 150 tickets and it's SOLD OUT.