Where To Celebrate Repeal Day And Get Cheap Drink Specials
Old Fashioned (Photo by John via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
December 5 marks an important day in history for those who love to drink alcohol: Repeal Day. Back in 1933, Prohibition ended with the 21st Amendment. But the speakeasy culture didn't end there as many bars in Los Angeles are still keeping up with the theme. This Friday, bars and restaurants throughout the city are offering cocktail and food deals, and some are even throwing soirees celebrating this watershed moment. The deals listed below are all for Friday, unless otherwise noted.
Cole's: Over at Cole's they're celebrating Repeal Day a day early on Thursday, Dec. 4, where they'll be serving $5 Campari cocktails and $2 Campari shots, which you take down an ice luge (yes, really) starting at 7 p.m. A jazz band will go on at 8 p.m. Then on Friday, Dec. 5, they're celebrating Cole's birthday (the joint opened up in 1908) all day with $5 Camparis. On both days, you can get two french dip sandwiches and two sides for $19.08.
Cole's is located at 118 E 6th St., downtown, (213) 622-4090
1933 Group: 1933 Group's bars are designed with old-timey themes and their company is named after the year prohibition ended, so their classy watering holes fit in nicely with Repeal Day. They'll be serving special $1 cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their bars throughout Los Angeles. Harlowe, Bigfoot Lodge, Oldfield's, Thirsty Crow and Sassafras will all offer their one buck Old Fashioneds. Bigfoot Lodge West will also have $1 Old Fashioneds as well as Kapple Pie, and La Cuevita with a Tequila Press. There's a two-drink limit.
More info on their bars here.
Melrose Umbrella Co.: Melrose Umbrella Co. is one of those bars that when you step in, you feel like you're transported to the past. Their bar is post-Prohibition era-themed and they're taking this Repeal Day seriously. They're offering $5 shots and cocktails—Fernet, Old Forrester and Old Fashioneds—all day starting at noon. And most importantly, your first drink there is 5 cents! They'll have live jazz from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be doing raffles for drinks every hour. More info here.
Melrose Umbrella Co. is located at 7465 Melrose Avenue, Fairfax District, (323) 951-0709
Cafe del Rey: This Marina del Rey eatery will be celebrating the end of prohibition with special $6 cocktails all day in their lounge. That includes their 1933-themed drinks like the Monkey Gland (with gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe), Blackberry Bramble (with gin, lemon juice, Chambord, simple syrup, club soda, lemon wedge and blackberries), and Ramos Gin Fizz (with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, heavy cream, orange flower water and club soda). And since you might need to wash that down with some grub, they're also offering a food deal, where you can order three small plates—from scallop scampi to truffle french fries—for $19.33.
Cafe del Rey is located at 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395
Townhouse & the Del Monte Speakeasy: Venice's Townhouse bar and the Del Monte Speakeasy (the live entertainment venue downstairs), have a bevy of activities planned for Repeal Day. After all, the historic Townhouse (back then called Menotti's) is one of the oldest bars in Los Angeles, and the speakeasy downstairs was actually a real speakeasy during the Prohibition Era. At the Townhouse upstairs starting at 6 p.m. and continuing through to 10:30 p.m., they'll be hosting a complimentary Roast Pig Feast until they run out, a DJ will be spinning records, and every time guests hear a bell ring, 1933 prices will go into effect for the hour. (There's no entrance fee for that one.) At the Del Monte Speakeasy from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., you can get an all-inclusive ticket for $25, which includes punch bowls, three cocktails and a pig roast with sides. A jazz band will be playing and a speaker will be telling some Repeal Day stories.
Townhouse and the Del Monte Speakeasy is located at 52 Windward Avenue, Venice, (310) 392-4040. More info here.
Angel City Brewery & Public House: There's already a lot of history to the 1913-built John A. Roebling Building in downtown where Angel City Brewery now sits. So, it only seems right that the craft beer brewmasters are making a big deal out of Repeal Day with a party. From 7 p.m. to midnight, they'll be having live acts perform music from that era, passing out appetizers from KTCHN dtla, and selling special beer cocktails made by guest mixologists. Guests will also get party favors and have the opportunity to take photobooth pictures. The bar encourages guests to dress up in costume—get your flapper outfits ready. It's free to get in, but you'll just have to reserve a ticket. More info here.
Angel City Brewery & Public House is located at 216 South Alameda Street, downtown, (213) 622-1261
The Repeal Cocktail at Big Bar (Photo courtesy of Big Bar)
Big Bar: Nestled in Los Feliz by the Alcove's outdoor patio with twinkling lights, the bartenders at Big Bar are whipping up some special celebration cocktails. Their aptly-named Featured Repeal Cocktail is a complex one made with Twelve Five rye, Pedro Ximinez sherry, Snap ginger liquor, angostura bitters, smoked cinnamon and orange essence. They also have been barrel-aging the Repeal Cocktail that they've dubbed the Repeal Reserve and will be releasing it to the public starting at 12:05 p.m. (oh we see what you did with the time there). Those cocktails are $10.
Big Bar is located at 1927 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100
Tipple & Brine
Over at the rustic Tipple & Brine bar in Sherman Oaks, a spot where you can grab some fresh oysters on the half shell, they're giving a nod to Detroit's The Last Word libation for $10. It's a popular prohibition-era drink that's made with gin, green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and lime juice.
Tipple & Brine is located at 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, (818) 528-2580
Pour Vous: We love the old Parisian vibe at Pour Vous (and actually anything the owners, The Houston Brothers, do) and it's kind of the perfect place to throw a Repeal Day party. They're encouraging folks to dress up in 1920s and 1930s clothing to go with the theme with DJs spinning music from that era all night. They're paying homage to the drinks of that time, and will be mixing Rye Sazeracs, Old Fashioneds, Gin Rickeys, and Death in the Afternoon all night for $10 each. And for entertainment, there will be burlesque and aerial performers. They open at 8 p.m.
Pour Vous is located at 5574 Melrose Avenue, Larchmont, (323) 871-8699
Ebanos Crossing: From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown's sexy and dimly-lit cocktail bar Ebanos Crossing will be celebrating Repeal Day with $1 tacos and $5 cocktail specials. More info here.
Ebanos Crossing is located at 200 S. Hill Street, downtown, (213) 935-8829
Magnolia House: One of New Orleans' oldest drinks—the Vieux Carre—will be making an appearance at Magnolia House on Repeal Day. The drink, concocted in 1934, will be served from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $10.
Magnolia House is located at 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 584-1126