If you've got nothing better to do at 4 p.m. and feel really strongly about the repeal of Prohibition 80 years ago today, head down to Justin Hermann Plaza today to march in a parade to 21st Amendment Brewery. The parade will be led by a marching band, and there will be picket signs and Prohibition-era costumes (note that today's chilly temps might make that flapper dress a bad decision). The whole gang will end up at 21A for an after-party from 6 to 9 p.m.
Why do have a parade? "If it werent for the passage of the 21st Amendment, we wouldn't be in business," Shaun O'Sullivan, 21A brewmaster and co-founder, says in the press release. "Of course, neither would any other adult beverage makers, at least not legally. But since we're named after the constitutional amendment that made our brewery possible, we thought we should celebrate."
This being quirky, drink-loving S.F., the parade isn't the only end-of-Prohibition party in town. Royal Exchange is having its annual to-do with all-day drink specials, like $3 Speakeasy beer and $5 cocktails including the Al Capone Bullet (bourbon and ginger beer), the Bugsy Malone (vodka and cran with a splash of OJ), and the Bootlegger (gin and tonic with a splash of St. Germain). Mention "speakeasy" to your server or bartender after 2 p.m. for a free appetizer (pork sliders, cod bites, or spinach dip; limit one per table).
Thanks, America, for repealing that dumb law 80 years ago!