If you think times are tough in America now, imagine having to deal with this craziness without booze! In 1919, the United States became a dry (and miserable) country, thanks to the 18th Amendment that prohibited alcohol. None of the promised benefits (decent behavior, decreased crime, better health, increased wealth) materialized; in fact, things got worse (hello, organized crime). FINALLY, on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and all the wrongs were righted (just kidding, but we got our drinks on again).
So raise a glass on Tuesday, December 5, with your fellow liquor lovers on Melrose Avenue. To make it easy, here’s a quick guide to every single bar on the block that is ready to celebrate with you.
If tequila is your thing, no better place to find your favorite and discover some new ones than at Antonio’s. Not only is the tequila menu almost as long as a CVS receipt, it includes Antonio’s own plata, reposade, and añejo bottles.
7470 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Signature cocktails, a decent wine selection, and ice cold beer so what more do you need to celebrate Repeal Day? Keep it together with some delicious bar foods. When you feeling properly loose, get in the photo booth and make some memories.
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Looking for a classy, old school vibe? Take a seat at Frankie’s warm and amply-stocked bar and order up something vintage-y, just like the celebrants did in 1933. If a gimlet (the Prohibition-era favorite) isn’t your thing, how ‘bout a refreshingly chilly Peroni straight from the tap?
FRANKIE’S ON MELROSE
7228 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Sangria. Authentic, fruity, winey, delicious sangria. In a pitcher. All day long. Celebrating Repeal Day at the bar in a vibrant, colorful Argentine restaurant is recommended and Lala’s is the recommended place. In the unlikely event that you want to switch it up from sangria, more wine and beer awaits.
7229 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The umbrella became the 21st Amendment symbol of the “wet” days to come. Melrose Umbrella Co. was conceived to embody that spirit of the post-Prohibition neighborhood bar: a place to socialize, celebrate, commiserate, and enjoy thoughtfully concocted versions of classic cocktails.
MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Getting a seat – even a bar seat – at Osteria Mozza can still be challenging. Prep to come very early or very late and possibly have a wait. Worth it to celebrate Repeal Day at the Amaro Bar? Absolutely. It’s an elevated drink experience (and absolutely can involve cheese).
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Many, many beers. Classic cocktails. Progressive cocktails. Drinks that come in bowls. Repeat in caps: DRINKS THAT COME IN BOWLS! Honor the hard work of our anti-Prohibition forefathers and foremothers by getting a solid buzz going at the Parlor, where they take the drinkin’ seriously.
7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Not quite as serious is the vibe over at Sandbox. The bar is full and surrounded by the lights, colors, and sounds of adult people playing games – video and otherwise. The specialty cocktails have a summery, beachy theme, like the vodka-based Hang Ten, or enjoy the classic feel-good, a piña colada.
7174 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Snakepit Alehouse fought for your right to party; it survived the L.A. Riots and a devastating fire just five years ago. The booze-forward, not-quite dive (in attitude only) bar carries more than 35 beers and importantly, more than 100 whiskeys. Bring extra money for the juke.
7529 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
If your idea of celebrating Repeal Day is a little quieter, requires amazing food and an intimate bar, Spartina is your place. The wine list is exhaustive, with more than 100 choices. Craft beers and traditional bar options are also available.
7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
It’s the Melrose gastropub that has everything a drink desirer could want: wine, beer, bubbly, artisan cocktails, and spirits for shooting and for sipping. The folks at The Village Idiot put a lot of time and care into developing its bar, and that’s well-appreciated by the drinkers on Melrose.
THE VILLAGE IDIOT
7383 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The bar is small but gorgeously inviting. If your drinking needs are basic, that’s fine. But basic isn’t what Wolf is known for. So strap in and prepare to explore. Cocktails feature house-created tinctures, sodas, oils, and pieces of actual nature (fruits, veggies, shrubbery!).
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046