While the recent elections have given us our own impending end of prohibition, just over the way in Fremont, they’re gearing up to celebrate the 79th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment and alcohol prohibition in the United States:
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment which prohibited intoxicating liquors in the US. nomad.dinners is celebrating on December 5th, 2012 with prohibition-era cocktails created by guest bartenders from around Seattle, live music from the Careless Lovers, Charleston dance lessons, oysters and other prohibition-inspired food. Proceeds benefit the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, a nonprofit providing arts experiences for people of all ages & incomes since 2005.
The line-up of bartenders from the Knee High Stocking Company, Serafina, terra plata and more is impressive. The event is at the Fremont Abbey, tickets are $25 and up, available on-line.
When we first moved to Seattle, we were told that the oldest bars in Seattle, opened in 1934 after prohibition was repealed, were the Blue Moon, the (now defunct) Buckaroo Tavern and Murphy’s. Best we can tell, none of this is true. While it’s always safest to take what one reads on the web with a squinted eye, the author of this list of the oldest bars in Seattle appears to have done his homework, and it’s nice to see a bunch of old friends on that list.
While Murphy’s claims to be the oldest Irish Pub in Seattle, that title seems like it ought more justly belong to Conor Byrne’s in Ballard, which opened its doors in 1898 (and which the Ballard Chamber of Commerce calls “oldest continually operating drinking establishment west of the Mississippi.”)