Imagine a world without alcohol. Ok, now stop it, you’re depressing us. It’s sobering to imagine that period in American history when alcohol was outlawed. The 18th amendment of the U.S. Constitution made the manufacturing, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages illegal in 1919. Talk about a buzz kill.
As it turns out, We the People were reluctant to give up the bottle. Prohibition led to a rise in bootleggers and organized crime activity. The amendment was finally repealed on Dec. 5, 1933. Now, think about this: Gambling in Las Vegas was legalized in 1931. Must have been tough to find a cocktail waitress.
Eighty-five years later, we’re still celebrating in Las Vegas. Cocktail culture is going strong at bars and restaurants throughout the valley, especially on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown. Here’s three Las Vegas joints that are kicking it up an extra notch on Repeal Day.
Party like F.D.R.
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1
Where: Franklin Lounge at the Delano Las Vegas
You might say that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the “ultimate party president.” He’s the one who announced the repeal of prohibition on December 5, 1933. We bet his Fireside Chats were a lot rowdier after that.
What better place to get zozzled in honor of Repeal Day than Franklin Lounge at the Delano Las Vegas. Located on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the lounge is a glamourous throwback to a bygone era with classic handcrafted cocktails, live entertainment and a speakeasy vibe.
The 2018 Repeal Day Party will feature an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to dress to the nines in roaring ‘20s fashion. Entry is free.
Mobsters and Martinis
When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5
Where: Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino
Prohibition laid the groundwork for the rise of mobsters like Al Capone, Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Segal. Not many in Las Vegas know more intimate details about mobsters than former city mayor and mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman.
Goodman will mark the 85th anniversary of Repeal Day and his restaurant’s seventh anniversary with a cocktail hour, three-course meal and extraordinary stories. His personal tales as mob attorney and mayor are sure to entertain.
The Oscar Dinner Series takes place under the iconic glass dome at Oscar’s Steakhouse. Dinner includes his favorite dishes from the steakhouse menu, paired with red and white wines. The signature Oscar Goodman Martini will make a special appearance.
Cost is $150. To RSVP, call 702-386-7227.
A Secret Underground Party
When: 7-11 p.m., Dec. 5, 2018
Where: The Underground at The Mob Museum
Head down to basement speakeasy to raise your glass at The Underground Repeal Day party. This prohibition-era exhibition and bar, located at the Mob Museum, is a trip back in time, a lesson in bootlegging and a roaring party, all rolled into one.
Along with passed hors d’oeuvres and a prohibition-era costume contest, guests will get a sneak peek inside a secret room. House-distilled moonshine and hand-crafted cocktails will flow freely all night long to the sound of The Moonshiners jazz band. There will also be a silent auction, with a chance to win a 1972 Jaguar XKE, formerly owned by mobster John Gotti. All guests will go home with a limited-edition souvenir moonshine gift.
Cost is $99. A Dinner package with a three-course pre-fixe menu at Triple George Grill is available for $125. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount.