On Dec. 5, 1933, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed, “What the world needs now is a drink.” To mark the occasion, Prosperity Social Club will toast the end of that “noble experiment” with a Prohibition Repeal Party that takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.
“We’ve made some very specific choices for the Prohibition Repeal Party that are rooted in history,” explains Prosperity Social Club owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “For example, we’ll have $3 bottles of Ballantine because that storied brewing company was able to stay open during Prohibition by producing malt syrup and we’ll be serving an $8 dirty gin martini because that was the drink FDR savored to mark liquor’s return to legitimacy.”
The event includes era-inspired cuisine and live music courtesy of local hero Hollywood Slim. The special drink menu includes a French 75 (made with Cognac instead of the traditional gin) and a special, high-flying Gatsby Punch are on the drink menu too. If you whisper the speakeasy code word “gigglejuice” to your server, you can order a $6 champagne cocktail or a Gin Rickey, a drink that was a favorite of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Special food items include old school platters like the fried white-bread bologna sandwich with homemade chips and city chicken, mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage.