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Happy Repeal Day! Celebrate 80 Years of Legal Hooch


80 years ago today, December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and the sale and transportation of alcohol was once again kosher in the United States. During the 13 years of Prohibition, however, bootleggers, speakeasies and gangsters flourished.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Temperance Movement was gaining momentum with Evanston's own Frances Willard leading the charge here in the Midwest. Tonight, celebrate the anniversary of the end of this crazy chapter of American history by getting yourself some giggle water at these spots that excel in Prohibition-era cocktails.

1) The Drawing Room
Tonight they offer a special whiskey tasting from Compass Box Whiskey Co where you can sample 4 different small batch whiskeys and enjoy small plates from Chef Tommy Sheean for only $45 per person.

2) Untitled
Celebrate with their Unbridled series featuring a playful variety show, dancing and dinner theater. $10 admission.

3) Sable Kitchen + Bar
Skip straight to page 8 of their liquid library cocktail list for their selection of martinis "From the Before Time." Get your prohibition-era fix and try a "Death in the Afternoon."

4) The Violet Hour
This Wicker Park lounge put speakeasies back on the map here in Chicago and also make the best "Aviation" in town.

5) Scofflaw
As its name suggests, this gin joint applauds those who deviate from the law, but thankfully they're making their cocktails from small batch artisanal gin and not the bathtub stuff.

Laine McDonnell


3201 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 252-9700 Visit Website


111 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 880 1511 Visit Website

The Violet Hour

1520 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 252-1500 Visit Website