Happy Repeal Day!

Prohibition is without a doubt one of the most bizarre episode in our nation’s history. Certainly not the worst, most disturbing, or most embarrassing, but just incredibly strange. Thankfully, it’s been a while since the 18th Amendment was repealed, which means means that we can celebrate the lifting of a weird puritanical chapter in US history.

• The ever-helpful folks over at Foobooz have a useful round-up of goings on about town for tonight. It’s already too late for the Memphis Taproom celebration, but there is plenty else to do, including a Repeal Day fete at APO Bar and Lounge (the bar formerly known as Apothecary) tomorrow.

• Speaking of APO, you can RSVP for the celebration on Facebook. It sounds truly great — there will be “bottles of punch and nifty cocktails, featuring Philadelphia’s own Bluecoat American Dry Gin and Penn 1681 Rye Vodka”! Even better with regards to APO? They were just selected by USA Today as one of the “10 great places to slip into a modern speakeasy,” and really, what more could you ask for on Repeal Day?

• Another thing that happened in the 1920s? The Great Depression… which we are sort of replicating these days! In that spirit, we would highly recommend Unthirsty.com, which lists a bunch of drink specials and Happy Hours. (Come to think of it, this is always an excellent resource.)

• The following is not strictly speaking about Repeal Day, but it is about prohibition! As of this year, absinthe is legal again in the States, and Philadelphia Distilling, the makers of Bluecoat Gin, are planning to have an absinthe on the market right before Christmas. [via Daily Examiner]

And on that note, we’re off to see a man about a dog!

10 great places to slip into a modern speakeasy
[USA Today]
Memphis Taproom [MenuPages]
Memphis Taproom [Official Site]
APO Bar and Lounge [MenuPages]
APO Bar and Lounge [Official Site]

[Photo: via kristisanders23/Flickr]


Happy Repeal Day!