Moonshine will be flowing December 5, as bars across the city observe the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, the date the 21st Amendment became law, ending 13 years of Prohibition. Don’t know where to celebrate? Consider rocking your fedoras and feather boas at one of these themed parties.
Mob Museum The Mob ran speakeasies and the illegal liquor trade throughout Prohibition, which makes the Downtown landmark a great place to celebrate legal drinking. Start the night with a toast by Oscar Goodman (5:30 p.m.), then enjoy live performances (including cabaret dancers and the Broadway Rat Pack) and Prohibition-era libations. The event also includes museum access, a Roaring Twenties costume contest and a “Boss of the Bars” Prohibition cocktail contest at 8 p.m. Arrive in period attire and very, very thirsty. $35-$65.
Golden Gate Celebrate Repeal Day somewhere that actually experienced Prohibition (the Fremont Street classic first opened in 1906). The Downtown hotel commemorates the holiday by renaming its casino bar Bar Prohibition, which will now serve fresh takes on classic cocktails in “discreet” coffee mugs. Head down and get yourself a Flaming Sidecar!
Rx Boiler Room Rick Moonen’s new eat-and-drinkery presents a Prohibition-themed cocktail hour featuring $5 vintage drinks and a free Moscow Mule for each attendee. And in true speakeasy style, partiers can whisper the password (found on Rx’s Facebook page) to score additional special offers. 5 p.m., free entry.
Echo & Rig The Tivoli Village restaurant serves up $3 themed drinks and a featured $1 beer for guests who check in on Foursquare or visit E&R’s Facebook page. Hungry? Whisper to your waiter and gobble up the secret food deals. Just remember: shhh.