Editor's note: This story, originally published in 2017, has been updated with details of Repeal Day 2018.
On Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. It's been 85 years since that inaugural Repeal Day, a holiday that every year celebrates the art of American booze-making and the people who serve it with style and grace.
We'd say that calls for a toast. Repeal Day is Wednesday, Dec. 5; here's where in Dallas-Fort Worth you can find drinks deals and events.
Folks in Fort Worth are encouraged to dress in period garb and party like it's 1933 at Bird Cafe in Sundance Square. Pay $10 to gain access to a pop-up speakeasy with cocktails, shot specials, complimentary appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at 10 p.m., plus live tunes courtesy of Gatsby Gang. The party runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This new brewery near Dallas Love Field Airport is welcoming beer drinkers to raise a glass during Repeal Day to the tune of live jazz music. Dress in period garb or bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and receive a free 8-ounce pour.
Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery
This brewpub's anniversary coincides with Repeal Day, so fittingly, it throws a party each year. Head to Garland to find more than a dozen house beers on tap, including specialty sour and barrel-aged recipes; food deals from the kitchen that turns out barbecue plates; and live music on the outdoor stage. The party is free to attend, but VIP packages with commemorative swag and other perks are available starting at $20.
This hot spot in Uptown Dallas is counting down to Repeal Day with a party on the eve of the holiday. Expect live music on the outdoor stage and cocktails featuring Title No. 21 Whiskey made specially for the occasion.
The Standard Pour
This Dallas bar has continually been named among the top bourbon bars in America, and every Repeal Day, bartenders show off their skills with a myriad of cocktail recipes. The annual soiree usually also includes specials, live music and burlesque dancers.
The Stoneleigh Hotel
Opened in 1923, the Le Meridien Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas welcomed its first guests during the height of Prohibition. It's a wet spot now, though, so drinkers can enjoy specialty cocktails and live music in the hotel bar on Dec. 5.
Drinking classic cocktails is one thing; making them is another. Tricky Fish restaurant in Richardson is helping local drinkers hone their bartending skills with a Repeal Day mixology class. Participants will learn how to make two different libations using Roxor gin and enjoy snacks from Tricky Fish's menu. The class costs $38 per person.
Party people in Plano and Las Colinas will want to go to Whiskey Cake on Repeal Day for night of Prohibition-style cocktails and live music. Libations, including an old fashioned, sazerac, and whiskey sour, will be available for $5 each, and there will be a photo booth onsite, so don't forget to dress for the occasion. (Psst, there's also a costume contest.) Get in on the action from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.