Repeal Day: Party like it’s 1933!

On Jan. 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment went into effect, making it illegal to sell, manufacture and transport alcohol. So booze went underground, taking the party with it, at least until Dec. 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment repealed the ban.

Therefore, in the spirit of spirits, raucous Repeal Eve parties celebrate the last moments of the flapper era when one still had to “speak easy” (or quietly) to gain access to a party, or Repeal Day itself when Utah (interestingly enough) became the necessary 36th state to ratify the amendment that would legalize the sale of alcohol in the U.S. again. Both are worthy of celebration:

Downtown Cocktail Room ( will celebrate Repeal Eve on Dec. 4 with sounds by a live jazz band and cocktail specials from 7-11 p.m.

At Aria, Sage Restaurant will also celebrate Repeal Eve with a speakeasy-themed Saturday night happy hour in the lounge from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring two-for-one Prohibition-era cocktails and absinthe cart service—either traditional drip or flaming Russian-style.

Nectaly Mendoza’s Herbs & Rye will team up with Tobin Ellis’ moveable speakeasy, Social Mixology, for a third annual Repeal Day bash worthy of Roosevelt’s historic Cullen-Harrison Act. At 9:33 p.m. Dec. 5, guest bartenders will begin serving complimentary cocktails to the members of Social Mixology in their finest flapper and bootlegger attire (Google Boardwalk Empire). Like any good speakeasy, this party requires membership and a password, which you can obtain along with an invitation when you join the gang at



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