Photo Essay: The Townhouse Saloon and Del Monte Speakeasy Celebrate Repeal Day

Toasting to Repeal day.  Photo by Ed simon for The Los Angeles Bea

Friday night, December 5th, the Townhouse Saloon and Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice put on a Repeal Day Party to celebrate the anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Just like that day in 1933, booze flowed freely, flappers danced, a ragtime band played and everyone had a great time. Richard Ross gave an interesting talk downstairs, in the Del Monte Speakeasy about the history of Prohibition. Sitting downstairs in the hidden bar, where the rumrunners used to meet, really made an impact of the history of the place. This was living history as well as a great party. The drinks were great too, as they served French 75’s, Manhattans, Old Fashioned and other Prohibition-era cocktails. Even the pig, who was featured at the Roast Pig Feast, seemed to have a smile on his face. I wonder why? Photo Essay after the jump. 

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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