DECEMBER 5, 2016

Celebrating Repeal Day in Indy

Today is THE day – the day of the 21st amendment, aka the day Prohibition was repealed. Discover the best ways to celebrate in Indy.

First up is Indy’s Repeal Day Party hosted by the Indiana Craft Beverage Association and the United States Bartenders Guild - Indiana. Join some of Indy’s finest bartenders in quite possibly the best location in the city to celebrate – the catacombs beneath Indianapolis City Market.

If you’ve not yet ventured to the catacombs before, imagine dirt floors, brick archways and dim lighting – very appropriate and “speakeasy-esque.” Ladies, be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. This year’s celebration includes 10 bars featuring specialty cocktails. Thinking of 1920s attire? Go for it.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased here. The event runs from 7 pm to 10 pm.

1933 LoungeAnother way to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition is to visit Indy’s oldest steak house in its original location – St. Elmo. On the second floor, hidden just enough, is the 1933 Lounge (the year Prohibition was repealed). Try the Vesper or Pop’s Old Fashioned, and to answer the question on everyone’s mind, you can get St. Elmo’s famous shrimp cocktail and filet sliders in the lounge. Cheers to that. 

Lastly, Indy boasts many fine bars worthy of Repeal Day celebration. Consider one of the following for their speakeasy-like atmospheres and broad spirits collections:

  1. Ball & Biscuit: One of Indy’s first craft cocktail bars, Ball & Biscuit is nestled in the first block of Mass Ave in downtown Indy. Its intimate and dark interior is oh too perfect for sipping on December 5 in honor of the 21st amendment.
  2. Libertine: Located in the basement of Pizzology on Mass Ave., Libertine’s cozy atmosphere is an excellent choice to drink to Prohibition.
  3. Wellington: Though a re-recreation of a traditional European pub, the Welly, as its affectionately known, is the perfect combination of cellar, dark wood, leaded glass and warm fire. Burrowed in the heart of Broad Ripple, the Wellington has that perfect speakeasy atmosphere. 

Natalie clayton
Natalie Clayton is an Indy native with a thirst that can only be quenched with amazing food, nightlife, and local adventure (and gin and bourbon libations or a local brew at times). Currently living in Irvington, the most haunted of all Indy neighborhoods, and working for an agency that helps nonprofits, Natalie spends most of her time jetting around the Eastside, Fountain Square, and downtown.


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