On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending the 13-year-long national nightmare known as Prohibition. Eighty-two years later, we're still celebrating our constitutional right to enjoy a stiff drink or a cold beer. Here's where to celebrate one of America's most important holidays.
Repeal Day Ball
The DC Craft Bartenders Guild's annual Repeal Day party is one of the biggest cocktail events of the year in Washington. Held on three levels of the historic Carnegie Library, it features almost three dozen bartenders pouring original cocktails while the Blue Crescent Syncopators perform hot jazz. While most of Washington's top bartenders are represented, including Todd Thrasher of PX, Gina Chersevani of Buffalo and Bergen, and the Dram and Grain team, the Repeal Day Ball also brings in guest drink-slingers from across the country. This year's treat: Sean Kenyon of Williams and Graham, a Denver bar voted "Best American Cocktail Bar" at the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, will recreate the vibe of his tiny speakeasy-inspired hideaway.
Tickets are $80 and include unlimited food and drink; $110 VIP tickets allow entry at 8 p.m., an hour before general admission. (Tickets are available on Eventbrite.) Dress is black tie or creative cocktail. A portion of proceeds benefits the Museum of the American Cocktail.
Friday at 9 p.m. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. www.dccraftbartendersguild.org. $80-$110.
Jack Rose Repeal Day Party
The annual Repeal Day party at Jack Rose features a menu of 1920s and '30s cocktails and punches, discounted cigars, and burlesque dancers. Wear a period costume and you might win a cocktail tasting for two at Dram and Grain. If you're really in a celebratory mood, arrive between 5 and 7:30 p.m. for Pappy Hour, with deals on the entire line of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons.
Saturday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com.
Ragtime Repeal Day Celebration
Arlington's Ragtime is better known for West Virginia football games than for craft cocktails, but the bar is hosting a Repeal Day Celebration for the second year running, with 1930s-inspired food and drinks, a costume contest, live music and a free champagne toast at midnight.
Saturday from 5:30 to 2 a.m. Ragtime, 1345 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington. www.ragtimerestaurant.com.
Petworth Citizen's Literary Cocktails
In honor of Repeal Day, Chantal Tseng's weekly Literary Cocktails pop-up at the Petworth Citizen Reading Room is inspired by the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker.
Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. www.petworthcitizen.com.