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Drinkers, This is Your Holiday

This Saturday, December 5th marks the 76th anniversary of prohibition’s repeal, and we shall celebrate accordingly.

November 30, 2009

This Saturday, December 5th is a huge day for drinkers across the nation—the anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Serious boozers consider Repeal Day to be an important holiday, one to be celebrated by a night of revelry at their favorite local bars.

Downtown’s Vessel, where you are encouraged to don your Depression-era duds for the occasion, is celebrating on Saturday with a special drinks menu and by opening a bottle of prohibition-era bourbon. Sounds fun.

Check back her for more Repeal Day deals and parties around town. In the meantime, some fun facts about prohibition:

• Prohibition in Washington State was adapted in 1916—four years before alcohol was outlawed nationally, in 1920.
• Some credit America’s love affair with binge drinking to prohibition—people started to drink great quantities when they could, since they had so few occasions to imbibe.
• Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, two years after the repeal.
• Even before the repeal was official, the Seattle city council enacted an emergency law permitting the sale of beer and wine. According to historylink.org: “Sale was prohibited within two miles of the University of Washington and within 500 feet of any grade or high school.”


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