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.

It’s all about spice and the small things at Ballard’s Middle Eastern eatery.

Golden Beetle’s reputation undoubtedly precedes itself due to the Ballard restaurant’s James Beard award winning chef, the organically enthused Maria Hines.  One might think an ego would turn things toward gaudy, but her vision for the maroon hued, perky eatery is that of simplicity and spice both in food and drink. 

There’s no better way to celebrate and toast to the year ahead than letting the good libations flow. Seattle’s top mixologists pulled out all the stops and impressed guests with their best cocktail at Seattleite and Google Places’ New Year Libations event on Thurs., Jan. 19 at Pravda Studios in Capitol Hill. Enjoy this video recap from the hottest event with the city’s most luscious libations — cheers!