Cheers: Raise a glass to the end of prohibition

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted 13 years and ended December 5, 1933, with the 21st Amendment.

Michigan was the first state to ratify the amendment and did so in April of that year. Although you’d have to be well over 80 to remember that day, bars in Metro Detroit enjoy celebrating the end of prohibition in April and in December.

This time around, Craft lounge in Royal Oak is spearheading the party with a speakeasy-style party on Dec. 2. The bar, which is beneath popular Belgian restaurant and brewery Bastone, is inviting folks to enter through a door on Fifth Street instead of the usual entrance from inside Bastone.

Customers are asked to dress in 1920s attire. Tickets, $50, include entry and three drink tickets. Classic cocktails of the day will be poured, including the sidecar, bees knees, the French 75 and the Last Word. The latter is a Chartreuse and gin cocktail that was developed at the Detroit Athletic club in the early 20th century.

To reserve a space at Craft’s Prohibition Night party, call (248) 544-6250 to obtain the secret password.

For another event with a historical twist, don your mink stoles and dapper spats for the Repeal Day Party at Detroit City Distillery in Eastern Market.

Hosted by the Detroit Drunken Historical Society, the Dec. 5 event includes a presentation by “Prohibition Detroit” author Mickey Lyons, followed by a celebratory toast. There will be jazz music, dancing and a photo booth (wearing period clothing is encouraged), and the Detroit City Distillery’s staff will mix up classic cocktails with their house-distilled spirits.

The party starts at 7 p.m. and the bar recommends purchasing tickets, $10, in advance via Detroit City Distillery is at 2462 Riopelle. Call (313) 338-3760.

Food & beverage events

Dark Saturday at HopCat Detroit: This Midtown bar will attempt to break it’s own world record for most beers from a single brewery on tap when they run Dark Horse beers through all 130 of its lines. There will be 30 varieties of the Marshall brewery’s Crooked Tree IPA. The previous record of 120 beers by one brewery on draft was set on the grand opening weekend of HopCat Detroit on its grand opening weekend last year when it teamed up with Short’s Brewing Company. 11 a.m. Nov. 28, 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828.

Wine Glass Seminar with Georg J. Riedel at the Reserve: Plum Market presents an evening with wine glass maker Georg J. Riedel. Tickets include champagne reception, wine tastings and Riedel glasses to take home. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, $125. 245 S. Eaton, Birmingham.

Wine & Dine at Bistro 82: This new Wednesday dining feature includes a fixed-price, five-course meal with three wine pairings. The feast starts with Chesapeake Bay oyster, followed by seared scallop and foie gras, roasted cobia (fish), flat iron steak and, for dessert, pumpkin genoise (sponge cake). Wednesday evenings. $75, $50 without wine. 401 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 542-0082.

The Root Restaurant & Bar chef Nick Rodgers at Revolver: Rodges makes his Revolver debut with a five-course, fixed-price wild game menu. It starts with duck wings, then Korean venison sausage, maple and brown butter-glazed half quail with chorizo and date stuffing and rabbit cacciatore. Dessert is Chevre ice cream with goat pancetta, wild thimbleberry and pistachio wafer. 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 4. $60, including tax and soft drinks. 9737 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 757-3093 or for tickets.

Melody Baetens