Dec. 5, 2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, and local restaurants are marking the occasion with themed parties and cocktails.
Beginning at 5 p.m., Max Burger in Longmeadow taps special casks of Jack's Abby Ginger Hoponius Union and Mayflower Vanilla Porter, in addition to a barrel-aged Negroni. Passed hors d'oeuvres will be served. Information: 413-798-0101.
Max Fish in Glastonbury hosts a 1930s-style cocktail party with live music beginning at 9 p.m. Passed hors d'oeuvres are served starting at 9:30. The bar features authentic Prohibition-era cocktails, and guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for the chance to win prizes. Information: 860-652-3474.
In New Haven, 116 Crown plans an event with classic cocktails and "historical dishes" at happy hour prices all night. "December 5th marks a return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation, the legitimacy of the American bartender as a contributor to the culinary arts, and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a sacred social custom," the restaurant wrote in an email blast. 203-777-3116, 116crown.com.
In Mystic, Oyster Club plans a night of "hotsy totsy music" and craft cocktails paired with a four-course menu for $75. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. 860-415-9266, oysterclubct.com.