The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We’re talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 — and this year is extra special, because it’s the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can raise a glass to the rectifying of that great mistake.
Pouring Ribbons, 25 Avenue B, December 4, 9 p.m. to midnight
This second floor cocktail bar in Alphabet City counts down the minutes to midnight with a Repeal Day Eve celebration that culminates in a champagne toast. $15 tickets ($20 at the door) gets you access to free-flowing punch; the bar will also run a $7 daiquiri drink special. Dress well — there’s a contest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
Holiday Spirits, Studio Square, 35-44 37th Street, Long Island City, December 5, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Prohibition had a major impact on distilling in this country. In the state of New York, the alcohol-making industry all but dried up — and it’s taken nearly eight decades to rekindle. So what better way to celebrate the end of the temperance era than by sipping a raft of locally made products? That’s what you’ll find at our inaugural Holiday Spirits event. The party runs from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m., and your $50 ticket gets you unlimited pours of booze plus plenty of complimentary snacks. Sip while you take in the view of Manhattan and enjoy the live jazz band. Oh, and we’re currently offering a special deal: 50 percent off your ticket when you enter the promo code THANKS.
Whiskey Park, 100 Central Park South, December 5
Perhaps you’d like to celebrate your right to drink freely by pretending like you don’t actually have that right. Head to Whiskey Park, which is offering a Prohibition-style bottle service with 200 mL flasks of Widow Jane for $55. The Red Hook-crafted whiskey is made with the water from Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY — that’s the very same mine that provided limestone for the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building.
New York Distilling Company/The Shanty, 79 Richardson Street, Brooklyn, December 5, 6 p.m. to close
The New York Distilling Company’s two-year anniversary happens to coincide with Repeal Day — so the party the distillery is throwing at attached bar The Shanty is a good chance to celebrate the local industry while exercising your right to consume alcohol. The spot will serve up $2 Parker martinis from 6 to 7 p.m., and it will pour $10 two year rye whiskey cocktails all night long.
Apotheke, 9 Doyers Street, December 5
Live jazz sets the mood for the festive celebration at this Chinatown basement bar, which is also good spot to feel like you’re doing something secret in honor of your forefathers and mothers who were forced into discreet tipples. The joint will serve up $10 classic cocktails all night long.