May 8, 2024

The Mob Museum’s Underground Speakeasy And Distillery Medals At ADI 2024 International Spirits Competition



The Mob Museum’s Moonshines.
(Photos courtesy of The Mob Museum) 


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LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2024) – The Underground speakeasy and distillery inside The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, proudly announces it received top honors at the esteemed American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2024 International Spirits Competition. The awards, which span several categories, represent significant achievements and further establish The Underground as a leader in craft spirits. 

In an impressive showing, The Underground’s signature Huckleberry Hideout Moonshine received the prestigious “Best of Class – Distilled – Specialty Spirit” award, “Best of Category – Distilled – Moonshine” award and a “Double Gold Medal.” These honors underscore the distillery’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the art of moonshine production. 

Evaluated by a panel of spirits experts, judges noted Huckleberry Hideout as having a “Vibrant finish. Quite delightful. Very tasty with no artificial notes,” as well as its “gorgeous cassis/port color in the glass” and “good berry aroma.”  

Additionally, The Goodfella’s Vanilla Moonshine was awarded a “Silver Medal,” showcasing the distillery’s ability to infuse classic flavors with a modern twist, appealing to a diverse palate of spirit enthusiasts.  

Judges noted “The first impression is creamy and sweet with a faint French vanilla hint, some toasted oak,” as well as having “a light body with a medium finish that doesn’t overwhelm, allowing you to take another sip. This is at a good sweetness level.”  

The Museum has also previously received acclaim for its premium spirits, being awarded “Best of Class” and a “Double Gold Medal” for its Huckleberry Hideout Moonshine in the 2023 Central Coast Wine and Spirits Competition, a “Double Gold Medal” for its house-distilled Signature Moonshine in 2019 by The Fifty Best and winning first place in the category of “Best Moonshine” at the 2020 International Whiskey Competition.    

“’We are proud and honored to have our moonshines recognized by the industry’s leading trade association,” said David Vondrasek, distillery manager, The Mob Museum. “It further inspires us to curate world-class, Prohibition-inspired recipes, and it’s a gratifying affirmation of our team’s spirit and creativity in each bottle we produce.”  

The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy, distillery and private VIP room in the basement of The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits but also had a profound, lasting impact on society, specifically making way for modern cocktail culture. A seasonal cocktail menu gives guests the opportunity to try contemporary takes on classic Prohibition-era cocktails. The menu and atmosphere have landed the speakeasy on several “best cocktail bars in Las Vegas” lists. Distillery tours allow participants to learn about Prohibition and its impact on a variety of spirits and drinking habits while tasting a few of the Museum’s moonshines. The distilling program has received various accolades, including Best Moonshine at the 2020 International Whiskey Competition. Complimentary entrance to The Underground is granted at the secret side door to visitors who know the password, which is published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground. 


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums;” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History” and “Best Museum” by its 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards; one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas;” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada,” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” in 2021, “Top Five Best History Museums in the United States” in 2021 and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits;” named “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit, or download the Museum’s free mobile app. 


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