Hear, hear! December 5, 1933 marked the repeal of Prohibition in America. As you can imagine, this made for many happy Americans and much celebration all across the country.
79 years later, we’re still excited about the repeal, now known officially as Repeal Day.
This year, Repeal Day in Philadelphia is extra significant due to the National Constitution Center’s special exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
Numerous places across the city are holding celebrations, making for the perfect night to celebrate booze without having to imagine what life would be without happy hours, breweries and a good old fashioned cocktail. Here are a few great places to celebrate Repeal Day 2012 in Philadelphia:
• XFINITY Live!: XFINITY Live! has teamed up with the National Constitution Center to host a Repeal Day bash that will make you feel like it’s actually December 5, 1933. Guests are requested to wear their finest 1930s attire and celebrate all that is alcohol at the all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink cocktail party. Enjoy live jazz, hor d’oeuvres and an exclusive pre-Prohibition style lager by Batch 19 at $3 a pop.
• The Farmers’ Cabinet: Everyone loves a good party, including the folks at The Farmers’ Cabinet. They’re ready to party hardy in celebration of the 79th anniversary of the end of prohibition. Sip on period-themed cocktails, beer and wine while dancing to live music. The party will start at 8 p.m. and go until your legs are too sore from dancing the night away.
• Prohibition Taproom: With a name like Prohibition Taproom, a huge Repeal Day celebration is in order. From 5 p.m.-close, join Prohibition Taproom and Founders Brewing Company in an event full of beer and cocktails. Prohibition Taproom is a proud partner of the National Constitution Center’s exhibition American Spirits: The Rise And Fall of Prohibition, so guests will enjoy an extra Repeal Day perk. Guess the contents of Prohibition Taproom’s cocktails and receive free tickets to the exhibition — hint, a little bit of Founders beer is used in each! At 9 p.m., partake in a special toast with Founders Bolt Cutter. Tickets for this toast will be available starting at the beginning of the event. Get yours fast, as the number of tickets available is very limited.
• National Constitution Center: For those who want to celebrate Repeal Day without all of the booze, look no further than the National Constitution Center. They will be hosting a family-friendly event to teach parents and children alike the significance of Repeal Day. In addition to the Prohibition exhibit, the NCC is hosting a Repeal Day event from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with special talks and programming all day. Museum staff will put the amendment in more user-friendly terms during the “Decoding the Document” talk. Plus, guests are encouraged to try on period clothing and learn the dances of the roaring 20s.
• The Institute: This is a deal you’ll have to see to believe. For 19 minutes and 33 seconds (the specific time is for 1933, the end of Prohibition in America), The Institute will be practically giving away beer. But really. From 7:33-7:52 p.m. they will be selling beer for the price it was in 1933; that’s .10 cents a glass. Choose from a draft list of 16 awesome craft beers. That’s right, craft beers for .10 cents a glass. Enjoy a glass of local craft beer like Troegs Mad Elf and Manayunk Festivus. Celebrate the fact that Prohibition is not still in effect so you can enjoy this amazing deal.
Bonus: check out our roundup of where to get a taste of Prohibition at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia.