Friday is Repeal Day, a time to shake up a couple of martinis and celebrate the end of Prohibition. For those who may need to brush up on their history, on Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages. And yes, years later, we're still celebrating. Here are some places around town offering specials.
Cafe del Rey has a list of food and drink specials for Repeal Day, including $6 1933 themed cocktails. The Monkey Gland has a mix of gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe, and the Blackberry Gramble is made with gin, lemon juice, Chambord, simple syrup, club soda, a lemon wedge and blackberries. The restaurant is also offering three small plates from the lounge menu for $19.33. Plates include filet tartine with capers, cornichons, shallots, chives, mustard and baguette; a crispy squid salad with arugula and orange vinaigrette; truffle fries with Parmesan, black truffle and parsley; and a scallop scampi with bay scallops, garlic, shallots, white wine, butter tomato and baguette. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395, www.cafedelreymarina.com.
Magnolia House in Pasadena is serving up Vieux Carre cocktails for $10. This 1930s New Orleans drink has rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Agnostura and Peychaud bitters and a lemon twist garnish. 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626)584-1126, www.TheMagHouse.com.
Next Door Lounge has a special "Good Ole Friday" deal with a half-pound Old Time Burger, fries and a barrel-aged bourbon Old Fashioned for $15. 1154 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, (323) 465-5505, www.nextdoorhollywood.com/.
On The Rox is serving complimentary Stillhouse moonshine with live blues music from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The password to get in is "boom boom." 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 278-9457, www.thesunsetstrip.com/nightlife/rox
Tipple & Brine is celebrating Repeal Day with the popular Prohibition-era cocktail The Last Word. The cocktail, which incorporates gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice, is $10. 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, (818)528-2580, www.TippleandBrine.com.
Townhouse, and its The Del Monte Speakeasy are throwing a special event Friday from 6 p.m to 10:30 p.m. The event will be catered by Venice Beach Wines with a whole pig roast and sides. The restaurant and bar's beverage director, Cappy Sorentino, will be talking cocktails, and Richard Foss, author of "Rum, A Global History" will be telling Repeal Day stories. There will be live music and a DJ. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online. 52 Winward Ave., Venice, (310) 392-4040, www.townhousevenice.com.
The Venice Whaler is making the Brooklyn Cocktail for one night only at its downstairs Crab Shell Bar. The drink combines rye whiskey, Carpano Bianco vermouth, Torani Amer, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and an orange twist. You can sip the Brooklyn Cocktail for $6. 10 West Washington Blvd., Venice, (310) 821-8737, www.venicewhaler.com.
The 1933 Group is offering customers $1 Repeal Day cocktails at Harlowe, Sassafras, Oldfield's Liquor Room, Bigfoot Lodge, Bigfoot West, The Thirsty Crow and La Cuevita. The $1 cocktails are limited to two per person and available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. 7321 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, www.harlowela.com; 1233 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, www.sassafrashollywood.com; 10899 Venice Blvd., West Los Angeles, www.oldfieldsliquorroom.com; 3172 Los Felix Blvd., Los Angeles, www.bigfootlodge.com; 10939 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, www.bigfootwest.com; 2939 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, www.thirstycrowbar.com; 5922 N. Figueroa Blvd., Los Angeles, www.lacuevitabar.com.
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