Could you imagine living in the era when it was illegal to sell or consume alcohol? Would you want to? Many wouldn’t want to imagine a world of Coke without the Jack Daniels or a Tequila Sunrise without the tequila, but Americans were once prohibited from it for over a decade.
Fortunately we can enjoy a cocktail, aged scotch, or an iced cold beer at anytime and legally, thanks to the repeal of prohibition on December 5,1933 — otherwise known as Repeal Day, the day of the 18th Amendment was repealed. In honor of the anniversary, a handful of bars in Houston are celebrating with Repeal Day parties of their own.
- Party like it’s 1933 with Royal Oak Bar & Grill. The Montrose bar is commemorating the ban of Prohibition with Old Fashioned, Sazeracs and Manhattans for $5.
- In celebration of Repeal Day, Downtown speakeasy Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge (aka Bad News Bar) will offer their house cocktails for half price during happy hour.
- From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., the swanky 1919 Wine & Mixology pays homage to the end of Prohibition with what else… whiskey, bourbon, and more. The River Oaks cocktail bar is shaking and stirring its way through the classics with $4 classic cocktails during the 4 o'clock hour. With each hour, drinks are a dollar more.
- Celebrate the prohibition ban being lifted with cocktails from the era at III Forks. Five prohibition-era cocktails will be specially priced at $5.32 all weekend. Why $5.32? It's the time President Roosevelt ratified the repeal. Take part in celebratory drinks during happy hour from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- All Baker St. Pub & Grill locations are celebrating with such classic cocktails like the Old-Fashioned and Manhattan from 6 p.m. to close. More of a beer fan? A special Saint Arnold Brewing cask will be tapped later in the evening.
- Mark the end of prohibition in style at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar in Downtown. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., specially priced bites and cocktails will be offered as part of the restaurant's Repeal Day Happy Hour. On the menu: oysters ($1) or a half dozen of chargrilled oysters for $7, crudo bites ($1) and specials on champagne and Old Fashioned cocktails while bartenders dazzle with bottle acrobats. Stay for a dinner and a show at 9 p.m. with a performance from the burlesque troupe, Moonlight Doll.