Originally used for avoiding the prohibition laws, these underground passageways became basement speakeasies. Often these speakeasies had innocuous storefronts which belied what lay beneath and the patrons were able to keep on being merry. These underground tunnels still exist today forming part Los Angele’s abandoned underground subway system. They are not easily accessible; in order to get access, one must find the elevator behind the Hall of Records on Temple Street. While officially these are not open to the public, visitors still find a way of exploring these historic tunnels.
The Los Angeles underground system has a number of underground service tunnels and passageways which are accessible from 500 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.