We take tippling for granted, but if this was the 1920s, we'd be sipping bathtub gin in speakeasies. Wait...considering most of the hottest bars around Los Angeles, we're still sipping gin in "speakeasies," only it's legal. Thank the 21st Amendment for that, passed on December 5, 1933 to repeal the 13 long years of Prohibition. Today we raise our glass for the right to raise our glass in public. Here are specials around town to celebrate, from $1 cocktails to a full-on pig roast party.
Cole's: The historic downtown bar not only celebrates Repeal Day today, but also it's birthday (the original bar opened in 1908). Get $5 Campari cocktails all day, and two French dip sandwiches with fries are only $19.08.
The 1933 Bars: Named for the year Prohibition was repealed, it's no surprise they all have a great special today: $1 cocktails from 5-7 PM. Get Old Fashioneds at Harlowe, Bigfoot Lodge and Bigfoot Lodge West, Oldfield's Liquor Room, Thirsty Crow and Sassafras. At Highland Park's La Cuevita, the Tequila Press is only a buck. There's a two-per-person limit at all locations.
Magnolia House: Pasadena's newest hidden watering hole will have The Vieux Carre, first served at New Orleans' fabulous and famed Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone in 1934, for $10 today.
Tipple & Brine: The bustling Sherman Oaks restaurant and bar has the popular Prohibition Era cocktail, The Last Word — just gin, Chartreuse and Maraschino liqueur — for $10 today.
Cafe del Rey: It's not the most Prohibition-y location, but 1933-themed gin cocktails like the Blackberry Bramble and Ramos Gin Fizz are $6 all day in the Marina del Rey lounge. You can also get three small plates from the lounge menu for $19.33.
The Whaler: You've heard of a Manhattan, but the Venice bar has The Brooklyn — rye whiskey, vermouth, Torani Amer and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur — for $6 all night.
Townhouse and Del Monte Speakeasy: This authentically old Venice bar — Townhouse originally opened in 1915 as Menotti's, with the speakeasy supposedly serving as a hub for rum runners — celebrates Prohibtion with a pig roast feast, DJs, jazz, punch bowls and more. The festivities start at 6 PM, and drinks will be $1 for an hour whenever you hear a bell ring. Tickets for the party are $25; get them here.