2nd Annual Prohibition Repeal Day

Stroll through downtown S.B. for vintage cocktails at several fine cocktail bars to celebrate the end of Prohibition in 1933, plus special deals and discounts for those dressed in vintage garb.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Multiple locations in downtown S.B.

Cost: Free

Age limit: 21+

Categories: Nightlife


Joe Andrieu and Ted Mills, two Santa Barbarians who both love cocktails and Constitutional history, decided to turn this unsung moment in history into a lively gathering of history buffs and cocktail aficionados last year. It was a hit, even on a Monday. The event travels to several of the city’s finest cocktail bars, each of which will offer classic cocktails plus discounts and special deals for revelers in vintage garb.

Repeal Day Santa Barbara is organized as a self-guided tour, with maps provided at each of the featured bars, which include Roy (7 W. Carrillo), Cadiz (509 State St.), and Wildcat Lounge (15 W. Ortega St.). Each bar offers their spin on five vintage cocktails, from the Manhattan and Old Fashioned to the Gin Martini. In addition, each bar offers specials for those wearing vintage costumes. Mills and Andrieu designed the event so anyone can join in at any time with real-time updates and special deals through Twitter and Facebook. Pre-sale discount drink tickets are available through

Nationwide prohibition began on January 16, 1920 with the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed the manufacture, sale, transportation, import and export of intoxicating liquors. It lasted until its repeal with the ratification of the 21st amendment on December 5, 1933.

Santa Barbara played a special role during the dry years of Prohibition. Its long coastline and various inlets—plus numerous caves on the Channel Islands—made it one of the top areas on the West Coast for rum runners importing illegal spirits.

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Event posted Nov. 20, 2012
Last updated Nov. 20, 2012


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