Small Plates: Play the Part

Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:51pm

On Dec. 5, 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition and allowed Americans to (legally) kick back and enjoy a cocktail after a hard day, something that had been forbidden since 1920. Seventy-six years later, many area bars and organizations will be celebrating the end of having to drink gin mixed in a bathtub.

Urbana (2121 P St. NW) will be celebrating Repeal Day with a special menu and the cheapest cocktails in town. This swanky bar is pulling out all the stops and will even feature a bathtub on the bar from which the Urbana Gin Fizz will be served for $8. Customers who dress in 1920s attire will receive their first cocktail of the night — gin fizz or another choice — for a mere 25 cents. The bar will also be brewing classic libations such as the dark and stormy, sazerac and, of course, the classic martini.

In addition to drink specials, the restaurant is also offering food specials. For $33, patrons will be able to order off a three-course pre-fixe menu, which includes tasty dishes such as mussels in white wine, garlic and shallots, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and roasted Alaska salmon. Dessert treats include chocolate brioche, three kinds of crème brûlée and bananas foster cheesecake.

Repeal Day Ball

Over at PS 7’s (777 I St. NW) the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild will be hosting its second annual Repeal Day Ball. The party will feature food from chef Peter Smith and cocktails from local mixologists such as Gina Chersevani of PS 7’s and the Passenger’s Derek Brown. The black-tie ball will feature music by the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs.

Tickets for the event cost $150 for VIP admission — which provides an extra hour of drinking at the open bar — or $100 for general admission. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.