Special Sips: It's Repeal Day

Local taverns mark the anniversary of Prohibition's ending with lively libations.

Where were you on Dec. 5, 1933?

Wherever you happened to be, chances are you slipped into your finest threads, a party-ready get-up with some swinging fringe and sparkly dash, and hopped a street car for a club downtown, all to raise a glass to Repeal Day.

The books were closed on Prohibition on that very date, and, each fifth of December, even over 80 years later, taverns and bars and restaurants across the nation pull out all the stops, or at least some fancy swizzle sticks and expertly made cocktails, to honor the libation-centered occasion.

So bone up on the background of the Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments — the amendments that stopped the sale of alcohol in the United States and, about 13 years later, reinstated it — and hop a street car for...

Eureka! This company has a few Southern California outposts (Woodland Hills, Huntington Beach, and more) and a ice-filled goal on Dec. 5: To make some very top-notch Old Fashioneds with Templeton Rye, all in honor of Repeal Day. The special price? They're five bucks each.

The 1933 Group Restaurants: The name of this local boutique chain, which is all about the swanky sip spot stylings, recalls the end of Prohibition, yep. And, yep, the bars that are part of the group, from Oldfield's to Thirsty Crow to Bigfoot Lodge, will nod to Repeal day from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. Find $1 Old Fashioneds at several of the 1933 bars, with $1 Tequila Presses at La Cuevita.

Paley: This Hollywood eatery will start the Repeal Day doings at 2:30 p.m. with "five featured classic cocktails priced at $5." The Bee's Knees and Penicillin are two of the charmingly monikered refreshments on the special occasion menu.

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Tart: If you're catching up on some holiday shopping at The Grove, consider swinging by this Farmer's Daughter restaurant for a classic Mule. They're five bucks beginning at 4 p.m, and you can request the liquor you'd like the bartender to use, from a trio of standards. How long is this deal on? Throug close on Dec. 5.

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