Repeal Day: It's both the day prohibition ended in 1933, and also the day a ton of the city's best bars drop prices on booze BECAUSE it's the day prohibition ended in 1933. To make sure you're celebrating it as cheap-ily as possible, we've put together a list of a ton of just-such "best bars" who're offering crazy-good specials on Thursday, plus even threw in some bonus prohibition facts you can use to totally impress/creep-the-F-out of whomever you're sitting next to:
The Bar: La Cuevita (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: A special $1 Repeal Day cocktail from 7-9p
What you'll tell the guy who doesn't realize Movember ended like five days ago: "The 21st Amendment is the only Constitutional amendment that repeals another amendment."
The Bar: Cole's (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $1.05 shots of fernet
What you'll tell Steve Sarkisian: "Jesus man, how'd you get down here so fast? Also: At its peak, illegal bootlegging was raking in about $2 billion a year -- take that, Phish!"
The Bar: Townhouse (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $1 cocktails from 10-11p, plus $5 prohibition-era punch all night.
What you'll tell the dreadlocked dude in shorts sidled up next to you: "The Simpsons Repeal Day episode, 'Homer vs The 18th Amendment', is where the classic quote "Alcohol: The cause of -- and solution to -- all of life's problems" comes from."
The Bar: Neat (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: Bring in any toy (worth $10 or more) to donate for charity, and get a free drink; there's also BBQ and a live band all night.
What you'll tell the guy who's still wearing his 'Apple Store Genius' t-shirt after his shift ends: "The only state that didn't enforce prohibition was Maryland, citing both 'states rights' and 'booze is delicious, so...'"
The Bar: Sassafras (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: A TBA prohibition-era cocktail for $1 from 7-9p
What you'll tell the dude who just ordered an appletini 'for his girlfriend': "Machine Gun Kelly was the first dude to call FBI Agents 'G-Men'. Also, wasn't that appletini supposed to be for your girlfriend?"
The Bar: Comme Ca (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $6 special cocktails every day through Dec 5, but you gotta check their Facebook for the daily password.
What you'll tell the guy who thinks Brody is totally going to return alive and prove to Carrie and Dana he's still a good man at heart: "Al Capone's gang was known as 'The Chicago Outfit.'"
The Bar: Bigfoot Lodge West (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: A specialty $1 drink from 7-9p
What you'll tell the guy who realizes that traffic's not moving on the 405, so he might as well wait it out: "The cruise industry boomed during prohibition because alcohol was still legal in international waters. Also legal: buffets."
The Bar: The Del Monte Speakeasy (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $25 gets you all-you-can-eat pork roast, three free cocktails, music from a jazz band, and a lecture from "food historian" Richard Foss.
What you'll tell Richard Foss, who probably knows it already, and will look at you incredulously while you're talking to him: "There was this amazingly named prohibition chick Carry Nation who used to bash-up saloons because she thought it made her right with God. Silly Carry Nation."
The Bar: The Thirsty Crow (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $1 special cocktails from 7-9p
What you'll tell the rockabilly girl who puts on Reverend Horton Heat: "More than 4000 arrests were made that were related to illegal boozing, even though there was a ton of widespread corruption and bribing of officials."
The Bar: The Bigfoot Lodge (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: $1 cocktails from 7-9p
What you'll tell the bar-hopping chick who just left The Roost: "Even the Speaker of the House during prohibition owned an illegal still!"
The Bar: Oldfield's Liquor Room (click here for address and deets)
The Deal: 7-9p -- $1 specialty cocktail
What you'll tell one of the many people wearing suspenders: "Gangsters used to doll-up their cars by spreading out the rear springs, which improved their handling and helped them out-run the coppers."
1. La Cuevita5922 N Figueroa, Los Angeles
2. Cole's118 E 6th St, Los Angeles
3. Townhouse52 Windward Ave, Venice
4. Neat1114 Pacific Ave, Glendale
5. Sassafras Saloon1233 Vine St, Los Angeles
6. Comme Ca8479 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
7. Bigfoot West10939 Venice Blvd, Culver City
8. Del Monte Speakeasy52 Windward Ave, Venice
9. The Thirsty Crow2939 W Sunset, Los Angeles
10. Bigfoot Lodge3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
11. Oldfield's Liquor Room10899 Venice, Culver City
La Cuevita, located in Los Angeles' Highland Park neighborhood, is a tequila & mezcal joint decked out in vintage Mexican-themed trimmings. In case you're thirsty, fried rice (fireball and rumchata) will whet your whistle while you peruse a menu of old world needs modern Mexican classic libations (margs and Manhattans made with molé sauce).
Constantly locked in battle with Philippe for the enviable "oldest French dip in LA" crown, Cole’s P.E. Buffet first opened its doors to thirsty commuters arriving on Red Car trolleys to the Pacific Electric terminal beginning in 1908. The bar endured the dry years with 3¢ bitters and 10¢ "near beers", but really made bank with the city’s first check-cashing service conveniently located within the bar. The Cedd Moses revamp added the speakeasy-style back bar, The Varnish, and a few modern touches (no more sawdust-covered floors! New pickled eggs!), but hung onto the original, massive front mahogany bar, Tiffany lampshades, and old oak tables made from old railway cars.
The Townhouse, established in 1915, is the oldest bar in Venice, has an awesome selection of whiskeys and is a great space for live music.
One of the perks of success is that others start doing work for you, with the other being talking to Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins about his nickname & surprisingly successful pro career. Weirdly opting for the former route, the super-successful barman behind Neat.
Sassafras is a cocktail bar located in Hollywood and steeped in a little thing called tradition and a Southern hospitality feel. Barrel aging cocktails is a process that has been used since the 1880s and this modern saloon believes, as you will too, that the results speak for themselves. Get ready for swing time!
Though its menu's traditional (Sole Meuniere, Escargot, Coq a Vin, etc), this modern'd up brasserie from the Sona chef also features various bars: cheese, raw, and booze.
Bigfoot's a Culver City brother to the same-named Los Feliz log cabin-themed bar, which was replicated on a soundstage for the film Yes Man; the wood from the set was then repurposed for the walls and the sides of the bar at the new spot.
The Del Monte Speakeasy actually served up drinks during prohibition to thirsty patrons and is cleverly hidden by Menotti's grocery store on the street level. A great place to go to when you need to get "groceries".
The Thirsty Crow's a new-yet-Grandfatherly-feeling, bourbon-centric bar located in the former ultra-ironic truck stop drinkery Stinkers', whose owner realized that his more-well-off-than-he-expected customers were ordering above the typical PBR/Jack paygrade, so he gutted the place and re-themed it, stocking the shelves with 40+ small-batch distills and installing antiques like an all-wood, all-vinyl jukebox, ancient lighting fixtures, weathered photographs, and even an old furnace, giving the entire two-room bar a feel he calls "post-war" and "timeless"... so, not post-war?
This hub's got a rustic-inspired cocktail menu with a more hipster crowd and great tunes.
Oldfield's is a throwback cocktail bar that looks sort of like the apothecary that you used to visit when you were young and adept at traveling back in time to the early 20th century, with tiled floors, antique wood tables/chairs, and a massive wood bar flown in from Wisconsin, all from the semi-pro car racing guy behind Thirsty Crow/Bigfoot Lodge, who named the space after the first race car driver to hit 60mph.