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Hipster Bootleg: Recreating Prohibition At New Tel Aviv Bar

Welcome to Moonshine, where it would all seem illegal if everyone didn't look so cool.

Hipster Bootleg: Recreating Prohibition At New Tel Aviv Bar
Gai Volotzky

TEL AVIV — The partially hidden side door near the Night Kitchen restaurant toilet doesn't offer even the faintest clue about what could be behind it. When you open, there are a few steps and then the faint candle light illuminating the walls, on which a United States flag hangs. The many shelves behind the small corner bar are loaded with jars.

This is Moonshine, the new Tel Aviv cocktail bar opened at the Night Kitchen restaurant. Though it's already been labelled "underground," the dark corner bar is in reality a novelty watering hole that is attempting to recreate the typical clandestine bar experience during American prohibition from 1920 to 1933.

Until recently, the little space was host to a lawyer’s office. But restaurant owners Daniel Baralia and Gilad Heyman decided to turn it into a bar offering visitors an unusual experience. They brought in barman Mor Sikorel and started building a concept. "We had a few ideas, and one of them was a small dark bar with the style of the 1920s in the United States," Sikorel says.

Sikorel infuses fruits and spices in whiskey, rum or vodka, which he uses as the basis of his flavored cocktails. For example, the so-called Woodstock cocktail features rum infused with beetroots and bay leaves.

The atmosphere, the playlist and the menu are also fully American. The menu was developed by Night Kitchen head chef Boaz Peled and Adar Efron, a young chef who grew up in the United States. The menu offers classic American street food such as Sloppy Joes, Buffalo wings, corn dogs and Smores, among many more.

"We may have not been to the U.S. in order to prepare the opening of the bar, but for months we dug around on the Internet, watched many movies and sitcoms in order to really learn about that period and understand its atmosphere," Sikorel says.

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Why Russia Is Doomed In Southern Ukraine: Logistics (And History)

The history of war shows that the losing side tend to lose ground as they are cut off from supply lines to replenish troops with weapons, food and material. Independent Russian publication Important Stories reports why this appears to be the dynamic at play right now for Russian troops in southern regions of Ukraine.

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A Russian serviceman in June providing logistical support in Ukraine.

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Vazhnye Istorii

Updated October 3, 2023 at 3:05 p.m.


A century and a half ago, during the American Civil War of 1861–1865, the foundations of modern warfare were laid out, marking the transition to large-scale, industrial-era armies.

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Innovations like the telegraph played a pivotal role, enabling coordinated operations across vast distances and swift responses to changing battle scenarios. The advent of breech-loading firearms and rifled artillery disrupted traditional infantry formations, driving soldiers into trenches for protection.

Meanwhile, the introduction of all-metal warships and the first use of submarines in combat hinted at the future of naval warfare. Balloons were employed for battlefield observation and reconnaissance, foreshadowing the era of aerial warfare.

Over the next five decades, automatic weapons, tanks, and aircraft further transformed the landscape of warfare. However, the most revolutionary and foundational innovation was the utilization of railways for the transportation and supply of troops. In 1862, the US Military Railroad Agency pioneered this concept, marking a historic milestone in military history.

These developments did not go unnoticed in Europe. Otto von Bismarck's Prussia, emerging as a European military leader, drew inspiration from North American military strategy and technology. They adapted these ideas to European warfare, systematically incorporating them into their military development.

Count Helmuth von Moltke, the chief of the Prussian general staff and the architect of the blitzkrieg concept, succeeded in nationalizing Prussian railways and aligning railway communications with the needs of troop mobilization and deployment. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871 showcased the formidable effectiveness of the Prussian army, culminating in the capture of the French Emperor Napoleon III.

The Prussian school of military planning became a model for many European continental armies, including the Russian military. To this day, the principles of the Prussian military school continue to shape military education, traditions, and staff culture in post-Soviet armies. One such principle is the integration of military planning with the logistical framework provided by railways.

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