Wednesday, December 4, 2013 , Updated 4:50 p.m., December 5, 2013
6 boozy spots in Dallas to celebrate the end of Prohibition
We've been blissfully drinking liquor for 80 years, thanks to Repeal Day on Dec. 5, 1933.
Raise a glass on December 5. Eighty years ago, the 21st Amendment was passed, therefore repealing Prohibition. All that jazz and liquor enjoyed behind closed doors was no longer illegal. Drinks for all!
So how should we remember this important day? Hope you're thirsty.
Have some hooch: To remember our bootlegging ancestors, grab a drink at Mash'd, a new bar and restaurant in Frisco that serves North Texas' largest selection of moonshine. This moonshine is really just un-aged corn whiskey -- and perfectly legal to sell and consume, we might add -- but it'd be fun to kick back a hillbilly cocktail and feel like an outlaw.
Watch Lawless: Law-abiding citizens are invited to the Glass Half Full Tap Room inside Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson for an "illegal drink" from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. (Don't call the cops; it's just Prohibition-era cocktails and moonshine.) Bartenders will also serve a password-only drink, with hints at the secret word here and here. At 8 p.m., catch a showing of Lawless, a film based off of the book "The Wettest County in the World," written by UTD processor Matt Bondurant. Tickets are $10 each.
Drink fancy: We're not sure how much sparkling wine the liquor-starved folks of the '20s drank, but the Wine Poste is hosting a special holiday tasting Thursday that happens to fall on the 80th anniversary of Prohibition, so we'll drink to that. $25 per person, $40 per couple. [UPDATE: This event has been canceled for weather.]
Splurge for 80 cents: If you can swing it, drinks at Victor Tangos on Thursday cost 80 cents, in honor of the 80 years we've been lawfully drinking booze. The deal extends to these special sips: Gin Sling, Sazerac, Japanese Cocktail or the Mary Pickford.
Book it: Windmill Lounge in Dallas hosts a book signing with the authors of "Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin." A guest bartender from the bar formerly known as Smyth will be making Prohibition-era cocktails.