We may be known more for our gambling than our giggle water, but Vegas has at least a few hairs of the dog in her history. Where else can you drink a frozen cocktail out of a bull’s bum while walking down the street at 3 a.m. or get served a fine scotch on a Ferris wheel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip? But none of that would be possible if not for the 21st Amendment, which overturned Prohibition. Vegas would be nothing but another desert town left holding the bag after the boom of the Hoover Dam. After all, what’s better while gambling than a cocktail waitress bringing you a seemingly endless supply of hooch?
So, to honor the big cheeses who worked tireless for your right to get corked and do things you may or may not remember well enough to regret, toss on your flapper dress, dig out your moonshine and celebrate Repeal Day the Vegas way.
True history buffs, and anyone eager to embrace their inner gangster, should check out this party at the purveyors of all things mob – the Las Vegas Mob Museum. General admission tickets get you access to the museum, the chance to toast the start of the evening with former Mayor Oscar Goodman on the steps of the museum and viewing of the second annual Boss of the Bars Competition featuring Prohibition-era cocktails crafted by some of the best bartenders in town. The winner will receive a trophy presented by Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
If your heart is set on feeling the thrill of Prohibition for yourself, spring for the VIP tickets that include a commemorative Repeal Day flask that you can take with you to the movies, your kid’s graduation or anywhere else you feel the need for a nip. And all guests are encouraged to get dolled up in their finest Roaring ‘20s glad rags for a chance to win some hotsy-totsy prizes in the costume contest.
When you’re planning your night, be sure you have a spot to sleep it off. Downtown Grand is the place to be when you can’t stand anymore. The special Repeal Day package includes one deluxe room for two people, tickets to the Mob Museum’s Repeal Day party, two signature cocktails and two bowls of something called Hangover Oxtail Soup. We can’t verify if it will actually cure your hangover but we’re pretty sure it does contain oxtail, so enjoy that. But if sleep is more your thing, the package also includes an extra late checkout so you don’t have to worry about scrambling to find your pants in the morning – you can do that around 1:58 p.m.
The password is “Repeal”
To truly get into the spirit of Repeal Day, various Caesars properties are offering specially selected signature cocktails to any Sheba or Sheik spouting the secret password. Bound, Interlude, 3535, BLT Steak, and Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace are all participating. So sneak up to the bar, whisper – or shout depending on how loud and crowded it is – the password for a taste of the rumrunner lifestyle.
For the true speakeasy experience, head downtown to Velveteen Rabbit a day early on Dec. 4. They’ll have food, drink and live music and the password is “botanist.” We’ve been told to tell you not to ask questions, just trust that this party will be the cat’s pajamas.