Americans went dry for 13 years during Prohibition, which outlawed alcohol and led to bootlegging, the rise of the organized crime and speakeasies galore where drinkers went to sup on illegal cocktails. Finally, Repeal Day came along on Dec. 5, 1933, thanks to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who ran for president on a platform supporting the repeal of Prohibition. Thank your lucky stars for alcohol on Repeal Day at these Vegas spots.
1) American Fish
What: The cocktail program over at Michael Mina's American Fish highlights legendary libations, especially those from the Prohibition era, by honoring the past with a nod to the present. Sup on cocktails such as the Vieux Carré, French for old square, made with Sazerac 6-year rye whiskey, Hennessy VS cognac, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura bitters and Peychaud's bitters. The drink was the signature cocktail at the famous Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Also try the Sloe Gin Fizz, which American Fish makes with egg whites with sloe gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. The simple mixture is then topped with club soda and swiftly shaken, forming the light frothy texture; or the Remember the Maine, named in remembrance of the 1898 sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor, which sparked the Spanish-American War. The cocktail combines Bulleit rye whiskey, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, cherry Heering and absinthe served with a brandied cherry garnish.
2) RM Seafood
Where: Mandalay Bay
What: Celebrate Repeal Day on Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at RM Seafood with a Prohibition-era themed happy hour. A selection of $5 vintage cocktails, created by lead barman J.R. Starkus, will be served. The restaurant also will offer a variety of small plates ranging from $3 to $5 including shrimp larb potstickers, beef meatballs with tomato gravy, Chinese black bean clams, mini RM albacore tuna melts and Buffalo-style blue point oysters. Guests are encouraged to come swinging in period attire.
3) Moon Nightclub
What: In honor of Repeal Day, Moon Nightclub is hosting a 20th century-inspired costume and dance contest tonight. To celebrate the anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition, guests will land a Crown Royal Maple hosted bar with a special cocktail menu inspired by the Prohibition era, a dance competition, costume contest and much more. Cocktails include the Bearded Clam with Crown Maple, Amaretto and cranberry juice served in a martini glass; Capone's Doll with Crown Maple, Chambord, Amaretto and a splash of pineapple and cranberry juice served on the rocks; Red Apple shot with Crown Maple, Apple Schnapps and cranberry juice; and the Champion shot with Crown Maple, orange juice and simple syrup. Beforehand, N9NE Steakhouse has a pre-party Tweet-up with Oysters Rockefeller and the chance to win exciting to all New Year's Eve weekend performances at the Palms. To RSVP, visit www.9TWEETUP.com.
4) The Mob Museum
Where: 300 E. Stewart Ave.
What: The museum celebrates our nation's constitutional right to imbibe at its Repeal Day Party Wednesday night from 6 to 10 p.m. Explore both sides of the story in this unique historical setting with live music, vintage costumes, classic cocktails and other surprises. For only a few clams, guests can throw down cocktails at a Roaring 20s after-hours party that is guaranteed to be the bee's knees. Tickets go for $19.33. Juyoung Kang, mixologist at Commonwealth, plans to serve up the Capone's Alibi made with Templeton Rye Whiskey, lemon juice, honey, Cocchi di Torino Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Aromatic Bitters.
5) Mob Bar
Where: 201 N. Third St.
What: Repeal Day marks the one-year anniversary of Mob Bar. Stop by for "Buy One Get One for a Nickel" drinks, because that's what they woulda cost in 1933.