Finally over that wicked hangover from Guy Fawkes Day? This Friday, December 5, marks a most august occasion in our nation's bibulous history. It's Repeal Day, and a few spots around town have taken note (as have plenty of brand sponsors).
Some places dole out drink specials. Andrew Friedman's 15th Avenue bar has turned the occasion into a teachable moment. He's calling in Victoria, BC-based bartender Sean Soole to talk about Canada's drinking culture during Prohibition, plus the esteemed Keith Waldbauer (formerly a partner in Liberty) will lead a far more depressing discussion—the state of U.S. cocktails during those same years. This all goes down at 7pm and tickets are $20.
The windows are strung with celebratory banners a la 1933, and there's a full-on Repeal Day cocktail menu with drinks like a bourbon Manhattan with black peppercorns, Dubonnet, demerara, and a wash of duck fat.
Just down the street, Linda Derschang's pub has two special cocktails on tap for the day. The Capone is bourbon based with blood orange cordial, Cointreau, lemon, absinthe, and bubbles. Meanwhile the Bronfman (big ups for the obscure reference) is made with Fernet, maple syrup, bitters, a smoked ice cub, and whiskey—from Canada, naturally.
Speaking of all things Derschang, her grown-up neighborhoodie on 19th Ave has been barrel-aging a Martinez—a classic cocktail of gin, sweet and dry vermouth, maraschino, and orange bitters—for the past three months. On Repeal Day it gets sprung from its coopered resting place.
Though his bar is hung with Repeal Day newspapers, Jamie Boudreau isn't doing anything too crazy on December 5; Fridays are pretty crazy at Canon as is. But he does promise this: "we will be opening up a bottle of vintage booze and selling it at cost." Knowing that guy's collection, it's bound to be something good. (Update: Yep.)
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This Pioneer Square shop’s back bar will be pouring cold-weather cocktails in the spirit of a 20th century booze victory. There will be drinks aplenty with spirits from Vashon Island’s Seattle Distilling and food to be had among friends. Think: cheerful toasts surrounded by fine leather goods.
Downtown the revelry continues at RN74 where the Repeal Day cocktail of note is the Way Out West, featuring rye, cynar, bittersweet vermouth (not to be confused with '90s alternative hit "Bittersweet Symphony").