Philadelphia, PA - December 5th is the 85th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and the below bars & restaurants are celebrating appropriately with, well, booze.
Where to Celebrate The Repeal of Prohibition in Philadelphia
Art in the age, Old City's one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop is celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition with the Boo Boo Hoff, an “off-menu” cocktail from Mixologist, Lee Noble. How does one order this top-secret libation? Imbibers looking to toast to the memorable holiday must request the cocktail with a password — “I’m here to see a guy about a loan.” The cocktail, boasting Dreadnought White Rum, AITA Chicory, clarified pineapple shrub, raspberry, and hibiscus grenadine and a cocktail cherry garnish named after Max “Boo Boo” Hoff, a Philly gangster who bootlegged through Franklin Mortgage & Co. The recipe is a riff on a Mary Pickford, a cocktail dedicated to a film actress of the era that was famous for globetrotting with other actors so they could hang out at bars. The Boo Boo Hoff is available all day on December 5th for $11. 116 N 3rd St | www.artintheage.com | 215.922.2600
Bluebird Distilling is toasting to the holiday with a Repeal Day Party at the Phoenixville distillery on Wednesday, December 5th from 7-10 pm. In addition to their regular selection of house and classic cocktails, the award-winning from-scratch distillery will also be serving up seven additional creative twists on classic Prohibition-era concoctions, including Last Word, Bee’s Knees, Mary Pickford, Sidecar, Hemingway Daiquiri, Jack Rose and Fitzgerald. All cocktails will be available for $11. Guests will also enjoy complimentary Prohibition era-appropriate snacks courtesy of Louette’s BYO in Phoenixville, including housemade bread and butter, deviled eggs, cheese and olive selections, mixed nuts, and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1930’s attire, with prizes for best dressed.
Bluebird Distilling’s newly opened full-service cocktail bar and bottle shop at The Bourse Food Hall will also be serving up the seven Prohibition-era cocktails from 12pm-10pm on Wednesday, December 5th. 100 Bridge St. | www.bluebirddistilling.com | 610.933.7827 and 111 S. Independence Mall E | www.theboursephilly.com | 215.625.0300
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American-influenced brasserie and raw bar coming from Nicholas Elmi and Suzanne O’Brien, encourages guests to commemorate the anniversary of the repeal along with a Repeal Day Cocktail Class highlighting Old Forester Whiskey on Wednesday, December 5th at 6-8 pm. Representatives from Old Forester will be speaking about the cocktail history and the stories of America’s first bottled bourbon, as well as leading guests thru a cocktail demonstration, such as the Kentucky Mule (Old Forester 86 proof), Boulevardier (1902 Prohibition Edition) and Old Fashioned (1897 Bonded Edition). Party guests will also delight in complimentary small bites from top chef Nicholas Elmi. Tickets are $50 and can be bought by calling the restaurant at 267.606.6313.
Lead Bartender, Zeq Rudy, will additionally be serving up a one-of-a-kind Old Fashioned menu, featuring five separate cocktails created with Altos Repasado spicy tequila, Plymouth Gin, Wild Turkey, Rittenhouse Rye and Vida Mezcal for all those wanting to commemorate Repeal Day the right way — with loads of booze. The Old Fashioned will be offered all day on Wednesday, December 5th for $10 each. 52 S 2nd St. | www.royalboucherie.com | 267.606.6313
CO-OP, The Study Hotel’s lively restaurant and lounge at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Sts., is celebrating Repeal Day with an extended happy hour from 4:30 pm-close, boasting a feature Pomegranate Gin Rickey with Barred Aged Bluecoat Gin for $10. Happy Hour specials include $5 craft draft beer, $7 red and white wine and $8 classic cocktails such as CO-OP’s Margarita, Negroni and Old Fashioned. Additionally, a selection of small plates, including mini grilled cheese, charred broccoli, calamari, and baked ricotta will be available for only $5. 20 S 33rd St. | www.coopphilly.com | 215.398.1874
For those looking to toast to the holiday, Ocean Prime, one of Center City’s most stunning seafood and steakhouses, is offering its Whiskey Clover for only $10 on Wednesday, December 5th. Boasting Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Hennessy VS, honey water, and hand-squeezed lemon and orange, this boozy libation is something to celebrate. 124 South 15th St. | https://www.ocean-prime.com/locations-menus/philadelphia | 215.563.0163
Rex 1516, Philadelphia’s go-to for elevated Southern cuisine, will be serving up Owner Jill Weber’s favorite cocktail on Repeal Day, a Frisco, served with rye whiskey, lemon juice, and Benedictine liqueur. This pre-Prohibition beverage will transport guests back to the 1930s for only $11 on Wednesday, December 5th. 1516 South St. | www.rex1516.com | 267.319.1366
Townsend, one of Philly’s highly-acclaimed French restaurants from Chef Townsend Wentz, is throwing it back for Repeal Day with two old-school Cognac-based classics — the Sidecar and Vieux Carrés. Both cocktails pay homage to Townsend’s French cuisine as the Sidecar was invented in France and the Vieux Carrés in New Orleans. Imbibers can enjoy both cocktails on Wednesday, December 5th for $10 each.1623 E Passyunk Ave. | www.townsendrestaurant.com | 267.639.3203
Urban Farmer has the perfect Repeal Day treat for booze drinkers and non-drinkers alike. The modern American “chic” steakhouse is offering a cocktail-inspired Clover Club doughnut on Wednesday, December 5th during lunch and dinner. This brioche doughnut filled with raspberry gin jelly, lemon and meringue will be available for $5 all day. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com | 215.963.2788