Repeal Day doesn't sound like something to celebrate — why get excited about something that was taken back? Because it actually gave us a lot in return. Namely, booze.
On Dec. 5 1933, Prohibition was repealed, giving Americans the constitutional right to drink alcohol. Hence, there's really no better way to honor the day than by drinking a well-made cocktail or two.
If you need ideas for a watering hole to visit, take a spin through our deluxe happy hour map. Or visit one of these shindigs around town:
Noble Experiment speakeasy in Red Star Tavern: We have to thank Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Repeal Day's biggest booster, for bringing this hidden bar to our attention. Turns out, behind a bookshelf door in the Downtown tavern is a secret bar only open for special events. Tonight, they'll be celebrating Repeal Day with a Havana-style party. Expect live music and classic Cuban cocktails like Mojitos and Daiquiris.
Teardrop: Stop into the Pearl district bar for the annual Repeal Day celebration. Say the secret password ("I'm here to see a man about a horse") and get a glass of punch and the evening's special menu.
Besaw's, Pacific Pie, and Southland Whiskey Kitchen: These three restaurants in the Slabtown neighborhood are celebrating with $5 Prohibition-era cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Besaw's, in fact, received the very first liquor license in Oregon. Make bar crawl out of it and stop by the three distilleries in the neighborhood for free tastings: Bull Run, Clear Creek and Aria Gin's new distillery.