On Dec. 5, 1933, Anheuser-Busch sent a horse-drawn carriage to the White House with the brewery's first cases of Budweiser produced since 1919, when the government enacted Prohibition. It's been 84 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 Tuesday, Dec. 5; here's where in Dallas-Fort Worth you can find drinks deals and events.
Be sure to bring your single dollar bills to this gastropub in Dallas. Victor Tangos' Repeal Day party is one of the most famous in town because of the price. This year, bartenders will shake up a select menu of libations for 84 cents each to coincide with Repeal Day's 84th anniversary. Cocktails include a daiquiri, old-fashioned, sazerac and south side. The party starts at 5 p.m. and goes until the bar runs out of the drinks.
Nickel and Rye
This joint in Uptown is keeping it simple this Repeal Day: $6 for three Prohibition era cocktails. Snag a mint gin rickey, French 75 or a head banger from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Folks in Fort Worth are encouraged to dress in period garb and party like it's 1933 at Bird Cafe in Sundance Square. The restaurant is hosting a free party in the dining area, but if you want to pay $10, you can gain access to a pop-up speakeasy with cocktails, shot specials, complimentary appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast at 10 p.m. The party runs 9 p.m. to midnight.
Party people in Plano will want to go to Whiskey Cake on Repeal Day for night of Prohibition-style cocktails and live music. Libations, including a French 75, sazerac, bee's knees 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. Get in on the action from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Located in the Trinity Railway Express train station, T&P Tavern is one of the most charming watering holes in Fort Worth. In honor of Repeal Day, the bar is hosting a panel about the city's movers and shakers (and possibly law breakers) during the Prohibition era. Grab a drink and attend it for free. The featured speaker is Ron Singer, a forensic scientist and Technical and Administrative director of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
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 -- a gin rickey and bee's knees -- and enjoy snacks from Tricky Fish's menu. The class costs $25 per person and costumes are encouraged.
Stop by III Forks steakhouse in North Dallas and indulge in a select menu of half-price cocktails. The south side (gin, lime juice, mint and simple syrup; $6), Hemingway daiquiri (rum, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit juice; $6), and sidecar (cognac, orange liqueur, lemon juice; $6.50) are on special from 5 to 10 p.m.
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.