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December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Party like it’s 1933: Repeal Day cocktail specials around Seattle

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink  "Skull & Blackberrries" with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink “Skull & Blackberrries” with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Who needs a drink?

Surprise of surprises, I’m raising my hand. And I found a good excuse. Thursday is Repeal Day, marking 80 years of legal drinking. Cocktail geeks and dudes with ironic mustaches may not know much about history, but they all seem to know that Dec.  5, 1933 was when the US repealed the 18th Amendment, re-allowing the consumption of alcohol.

With the cocktail renaissance, many bars now celebrate Repeal Day by throwing parties and getting patrons to dress up in 1930s garb. Though Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been the driving force behind the Repeal Day celebration — which has caught on nationwide — in Seattle, dozens of bars will extend happy hour, offer discount drinks and concoct other specials to mark the occasion. Below are some events:

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