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Cheap Cocktails, Burlesque, And Costumes: Where To Celebrate Repeal Day

Three cheers for legal booze!

Without Repeal Day, this bounty of booze would not be possible.
Without Repeal Day, this bounty of booze would not be possible.
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The only thing that makes us more grateful than booze is the fact that we can legally purchase it. After 13 long, dry years, the constitutional ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol ended in 1933, and that’s certainly something to celebrate.


December 5th marks 82 years since the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition (Fun fact: it is also the only Constitutional amendment that exists only to nullify another Constitutional amendment) and the sauce has been flowing ever since. In honor of Repeal Day, Dallas bars will be celebrating the end of Prohibition this Saturday with classic (and cheap) cocktails. Here’s where to find the best deals.

1

Victor Tangos

Victor Tangos

This Henderson Avenue institution will serve up 82-cent cocktails at its annual celebration of Repeal Day on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m, or until the bar runs out of booze. In addition to complimentary rum cognac punch, you can snag a Sazerac, Income Tax, or Hemingway daiquiri for less than a buck.

2

The Standard Pour

The Standard Pour Standard Pour/official photo

This Uptown bar’s fourth-annual Repeal Day celebration is bigger than ever. In addition to specials on drinks and food all night, burlesque dancers, fire performers, jugglers, and contortionists will turn transform the restaurant into a vintage sideshow. The party starts on Saturday at 9 p.m.

3

World Of Beer

World of Beer SMU

The Arlington, Plano, and Fort Worth locations of World Of Beer will offer guests their first select draught for just ten cents -- the price of a beer in 1933. The bar will serve beers from Leinenkugel and Lone Star, both pre-Prohibition breweries that survived the ban. This deal is available from open until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

4

Green Door Public House

The retro theme is certainly popular on Repeal Day, and the festivities at Green Door Public House are no exception. Burlesque dancers will kick off the shindig at 9 p.m., followed by karaoke at 10. If you need a little liquid courage to belt out your version of "Bohemian Rhapsody," drink specials will be on all night long.

5

Whiskey Cake

This Plano restaurant goes all out in its celebration of Repeal Day, which makes sense considering its favorite ingredient. On Saturday, Whiskey Cake will host a Repeal Day party with specials all night long on classic cocktails like the French 75, Gin Rickey, and Whiskey Sour. Dress up in your best ‘30s-inspired attire for a chance to win a boozy prize basket.

6

Grapevine Craft Brewery

Grapevine Craft Brewery

This baby brewery will celebrate its second anniversary on Repeal Day, and that means live music, food trucks, and of course, cheap beers. In addition to $3 pints all day long, Grapevine Craft Brewery will feature the Kentucky Common, a dark cream ale that, according to the brewery, was one of the most popular beers from the 1880s until Prohibition began.

7

The Cedars Social

Prohibition-era cocktails are as en vogue now as they were in 1933, but you’ll pretty much never find them at 1933 prices. On Saturday, The Cedars Social will celebrate the end of the "noble experiment" with a menu of classic cocktails for just $3.30 each.


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