Where to Celebrate Repeal Day in New York
The passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919 marked the official start of Prohibition in the United States, but that didn’t keep New Yorkers from drinking. The city was the epicenter of the resistance to the Prohibition movement, and the market for alcohol spawned a huge amount of speakeasies and nightclubs that a lasting impact on New York City culture.
The 18th Amendment isn’t what we’re celebrating nearly 100 years later, though. The 21st Amendment repealed prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933, and at bars around the U.S. you can still find celebrations every year harkening back to the days when liquor didn’t flow freely and downing drinks could have more drastic consequences than a headache the next morning.
Here are four Repeal Day events to check out next week:
Enjoy live swing with Svetlana & The Delancey Five at a secret back-room speakeasy sponsored by Remy Martin. Register to attend ahead of time (tickets are free) to access the location of the Dec. 3 event and the entry password. Prohibition-themed cocktails will be available. Dress in your Prohibition-era best! Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
On Dec. 5 from 7p.m.-10 p.m., a secret entrance will lead you into the Boogie Woogie Room’s Repeal Day party, with live music, burlesque, champagne fountains and bathtubs of cocktails (plus specialty cocktails by Redemption Rye). Your $19.33 ticket includes access to the party, one token redeemable for a $0.25 cocktail and a welcome drink.
The Boogie Woogie Room at Mondrian Park Ave., 444 Park Ave. South, Manhattan
21st Amendment Brewery is doing at tap takeover at Taproom No. 307 between 7 p.m. and midnight. Specialty cocktails featuring Brooklyn-owned Widow Jane whiskey will also be available.
Taproom No. 307, 307 3rd Ave., Manhattan
Join the Repeal Society on Dec. 5 between 8 p.m.-midnight for their third-annual Repeal Day Party. This year’s party will take place at the Shanty at the New York Distilling Co. and feature live music from Mike Davis and The New Wonders and burlesque by Margo Mayhem, Tansy and Dandy Dillinger. Drink specials are available all night.
New York Distilling Co., 79 Richardson Street, Williamsburg