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The Blind Pig is a grungy speakeasy in New York City during Prohibition. The bar caters exclusively to the magical community.

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The bar was designed by Stuart Craig for the film, based on Rowling's descriptions in the script.

According to Spirits of Defiance: National Prohibition and Jazz Age Literature, 1920-1933, by Kathleen Morgan Drowne:

"The origin of the nineteenth-century term blind pig is usually attributed to a clever saloonkeeper in Maine (where statewide prohibition legislation was passed in 1851). This saloonkeeper, knowing that the sale of liquor violated the law, instead sold his patrons tickets to view a blind pig he kept in a back room. Along with admission, every viewing customer was treated to a free glass of rum."

Generally speaking, a lower class establishment might be called a "blind pig" while a slightly more upscale place would be called a "speakeasy."

As a promotion for the film, Google Street View showed the location of The Blind Pig as being at 124 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012.

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