January 16, 1919: a day filled with sorrows -- and nothing to drown them in. Congress had just passed the Eighteenth Amendment, outlawing alcohol in hopes of ridding the land of drunkards, mental illness and poverty. But the Prohibition plan rallied for by rural Protestants and the Anti-Saloon League backfired, causing a thirteen-year stint of increased organized crime and all-around delinquency. All was not lost, though, and Americans were granted the right to bear a cocktail on December 5, 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.
Celebrate the alcoholic arts on the eve of Repeal Day with a 1933 carnival at Green Russell from 7 p.m. tonight to 1 a.m. This semi-speakeasy joint, fronted by another Frank Bonanno establishment, Wednesday's Pie, will host a night filled with musical entertainment from the Minor Note Orchestra and sultry burlesque acts from Ms. Vivienne VaVoom. The bar will be creating specialty cocktails made with George Dickel. Tickets are $10 per person at the door and include a drink ticket, which will be entered into a raffle for a Goorin Bros. hat. (Goorin Bros., close by in Larimer Square, will have its own Prohibition repeal party on December 5.)
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