by Jeff Niesel
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.
There’s no cover but Flinner encourages patrons to don 1930s attire reminiscent of “bootleggers, rumrunners, mobsters, teetotalers, WPA artists, crooners or movie stars.”