If you enjoy booze, love the act of going to a cocktail bar on a Friday night and perusing a wealth of options, you’ll celebrate Repeal Day on Saturday. Because if that dastardly Volstead Act wasn’t repealed back in 1933, we wouldn’t and couldn’t live for the weekend. So drink to your heart’s content and give your liver a workout with my picks for the best Repeal Day specials and goings-on tomorrow.
Melrose Umbrella Co., whose theme is post-Prohibition, will be going off all day starting with brunch and coffee cocktails at 10 a.m. The new coffee cocktail on tap is Woodford Reserve, cold brew, coconut, Giffard creme de banane, Amaro Angostura, and maple syrup. Drinkers can also knock back $5 Old Fashioneds all day. “My goal is to make over 2,000 Old Fashioneds this year. We did almost 1,300 last year,” says co-owner Zachary Patterson. Stick around for live music, free shaves as well as free head sizing and hat discounts by hat store Goorin Bros.
The Townhouse in Venice is partying through December 7 and with good reason as the bar is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be live music and drink specials every night but the big Repeal Day party kicks off at noon on Saturday with food catered by Hatchet Hall. And next door, Menotti’s Coffee Stop will reopen at 6 p.m. via a connecting door and serve boozy coffee drinks like Gran Marnier Mocha, Iced Spanish Rum Latte, and Irish Coffee.
The Hungry Cat’s bar manager Dona Bridges interpreted three classic cocktails ($7 each or two for $12) for the occasion. Choose from a Scofflaw (Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Dolin dry vermouth, fresh lemon and grenadine); Hanky Panky (Plymouth gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Fernet Branca); and the Jack Rose (Laird’s bonded apple brandy, lime and grenadine).
At Terrine, barman Ryan Wainwright will be pouring classics like Daisies, Manhattans, Hot Toddys, and his signature Plymouth Martini all night long starting at $9. But start things off with his $6 Ancient Age Old Fashioned.
For a speakeasy feel, hit up Melrose cocktail lounge Pour Vous for some burlesque and aerial shows as well as $5 classic cocktails like Remember the Maine (rye, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering, absinthe) and Sazerac (cognac, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe, citrus oils).
Harvard & Stone is starting its celebration tonight with a whiskey toast at its back R&D bar and from 12 to 2 a.m. they’ll serve up $5 Concord Grape Old Fashioneds (Old Forester Bourbon, housemade concord grape syrup, Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters, grape red vine garnish) and Old Forester apple cider bucks. On Saturday it’ll be more of the same.
In Santa Monica, The Independence will be toasting to President Franklin D. Roosevellt, the badass who repealed Prohibition, with a variation of his favorite cocktail, Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Barman Vincenzo Marianella makes his version, called the WTFDR, with dark rum, honey ginger syrup, fresh lime, organic pineapple juice, Jerry Thomas bitter. Enjoy it all day for $4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
And of course the 1933 Group will be doing its annual and much appreciated $1 Old Fashioned specials at all of its bars — with the exception of the $1 Tequila Press at La Cuevita. But definitely hit up Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood where they’ll not only be serving $1 Woodford Reserve bourbon Old Fashioneds starting at 5 p.m. but featuring specials on cocktails made with Woodford Reserve, Old Forrester, Mount Gay Rum and Mixwell Sodas. Bonus is a sexy show from Burlesque Vignettes and live blues music and cabaret performances by D. On Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers.