It's always nice to have a little history with your cocktail. When you go out to imbibe tonight, remember that before this day 80 years ago, people still were drinking bathtub gin in speakeasies because the production, transport and sale of alcohol was illegal. But on December 5, 1933, that all changed when the Twenty-First Amendment was ratified, thus ending Prohibition. So now we can sit in speakeasy-like bars drinking cocktails bartenders created then. Here's where to go for specials around LA today.
Get $1 cocktails at all of the 1933 Group's bars (see what they did with their name there?), including Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village, Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake, Oldfield's Liquor Room and Bigfoot West in Palms/Culver City, La Cuevita in Highland Park, and Hollywood's Sassafras. Limit two per customer.
Comme Ca in West Hollywood has $6 classic gin- and rye-based cocktails at the bar all day, including Gin Rickeys, Sazeracs, Manhattans and Negronis.
The Del Monte Speakeasy near the Venice boardwalk is the perfect hideaway to celebrate, if only because it feels most like a real speakeasy. There's a pig roast with Prohibition-era sides plus Repeal Day punch and three cocktails for $25; stick around to hear Richard Foss talk about Repeal Day and Prohibition after 7 PM (get tickets here). At The Townhouse upstairs, there's $5 punch all night and $9 Repeal Day cocktails. From 10-11 PM, both bars will have $1 cocktails. And should you need a jolt of joe to wake up, adjacent Menotti's Coffee Stop has $1 coffee from 10-11 AM.
And at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Bar Nineteen12 has two cocktails and two snacks to commemorate the occasion now through December 30. For $17, try the Corpse Reviver, originally created as a hangover cure, and a Bee's Knees, which helped mask the strong odors of the bathtub gin when the first bartender mixed it up, plus black truffle and Parmesan arancini and chicken liver mousse on toast. Toast to the fact that we're all drinking much better gin now.