The Cave Garden was swarming with people. Cigar smoke filled the rooms as tall men in dark fedoras ordered whiskey under the code name of “horse liniment” or “coffin varnish." They knew that at any time the Tulsa police could raid the chicken restaurant and arrest anyone that possessed even a tiny drop of alcohol. It was rare that alcohol could be found in the main rooms, but occasionally some blundering fool would walk out with his monkey rum in hand and tempt fate. Typically, the restaurant patrons would have to pay a hefty sum to gain entrance to the rooms that lie hidden behind the stucco fa├žade of the main dining hall. Still, mistakes were made, so a wary eye was always kept on lookout for the authorities...

The Tulsa Cave House is one of Oklahoma's most fascinating places.  The story behind it is one of outlaws and bootleggers.

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