Nothing says Thursday night like enjoying some fine spirits with friends in preparation for T.G.I.F. This Thursday, December 5, represents a very special This Day in History, since the date 80 years ago marks the official end of Prohibition in 1933. Grab your bowler-hat wearing pals and catch some holiday-planning reprieve at a few Seattle spots channeling the speakeasy vibe this year.
BAR COTTO’S PROHIBITION REPEAL PARTY
Chef Ethan Stowell’s Parma-style salumi bar and pizzeria is prepped to celebrate in style with prohibition-era cocktails ($9/each) and a bowl of adult punch ($8/glass). The party’s on from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with happy hour deals on daily salumi selections and wood-fired pizza (served until 1 a.m.) The crew’s encouraging party-goers to don their fedoras, bowlers, and short ‘staches for all-night imbibing festivities. Bar Cotto | 1546 15th Avenue, Seattle | 206.838.8081 | ethanstowellrestaurants.com
GOLDEN BEETLE’S PROHIBITION POP-UP
Guests looking to settle in to an evening set in 1933 will want to make a reservation for the four-course menu at Golden Beetle’s Prohibition Pop-Up. With selections inspired by every corner of the country (no joke: Southwest sweet potato tarts, Northeast baked beans, Midwest hominy stew, Northwest pumpkin pudding, and more), plus special cocktails for pairing, you’ll think you’re bootleggin’ with the best of them. Chef Maria Hines and her staff will set the tone for the night in 1930s attire, music, and décor. Four-course menus are $50 a person or $55 with punch. Check out their Facebook page for a detailed menu. Golden Beetle | 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle | Make reservations online at golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977
LIBERTY BAR’S HOLIDAY PUNCH PARTY FUNDRAISER
If straight up distillery appreciation is your thing, you won’t want to miss the Rum vs. Gin four-way punch contest taking place at Liberty Bar in Capitol Hill. The Seattle Gin Society, Bluewater Distilling, The Seattle Rum Collective, and Liberty Bar invite guests to imbibe this Repeal Day and vote on their favorite rum or gin punch. A $10 ticket gets you an all-access drinking ticket, with all proceeds going to Seattle Toys for Tots. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, so buy a ticket and stop by! Liberty Bar | 517 15th Ave E, Seattle | 206.323.9898 | libertybars.com
What are your plans to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition?