What do FDR, Utah and booze have in common? If you guessed Repeal Day you'd be correct. On Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition, or the 18th Amendment -- that dark swathe of government-mandated alcoholic abstinence which lasted 14 years -- was officially repealed with the deciding vote coming from the state of Utah.
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When Prohibition first went into effect, alcohol was blamed for everything from crime to poverty to addiction. Ironically, outlawing alcohol brought more crime -- it spurred the rise of the mob -- and led to an underground movement to produce and distribute booze (rum runners, speakeasies, bathtub gin) the likes of which hasn't been seen since. People were drinking more than they had before the ban and soon unhappy imbibers started making their voices (or should we say vices?) heard. So much so that one of the platforms that Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran on for president was the repeal of the 18th Amendment. The history books may skirt the issue but FDR won the election as much for his New Deal as for his love of a cocktail.
As would only be fitting in a city where the cocktail renaissance is in grand form, bars and restaurants across town are celebrating Repeal Day. The offerings are so many and so welcoming that you may find it difficult to choose only one spot for your day's reveals. Partake of a few -- responsibly of course -- and raise a glass or two to our bibulous freedom.More »