This New Year’s Eve, Party Like You’re Not Supposed To


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Absinthe and vintage cocktails will be served at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.

To recall the spirit and vibe of the Roaring Twenties, several venues are giving Prohibition-themed parties to usher in the New Year.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver will host a party at its vaulted underground cocktail bar — called Prohibition — inviting guests to travel back to the 1920s with seasonal punches, traditional absinthe service and vintage cocktails served on its black stone bar underneath a custom-designed glass-and-metal chandelier. Guests will enter through an unmarked door outside the hotel; the bartenders Robyn Gray and Brad Stanton have created a cocktail made with 88-proof Dorothy Parker gin ($236 per person per seat).

The U.S. Grant hotel in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego will host its fourth annual Bivouac New Year’s Eve celebration in a former speakeasy inside the hotel, with absinthe cocktails, specialty cask ales and absinthe-infused ice cream. Unlimited sparkling wine will be offered from 9 to 10 p.m. (tickets from $50 to $975).

In Los Angeles, Prohibition NYE will host its fourth annual Roaring Twenties celebration in Union Station, which will include an open bar, oysters, live jazz and burlesque dancers ($150 per person).

At Hotel Congress in Tucson, a 1920s themed party means access to a pop-up bar called the Opium Den as well as a juke joint (party tickets are $25, which includes admission and a toast with mesquite-smoked whiskey).

In honor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is buried in Rockville, Md., the Newseum, in Washington, will host a “Great Gatsby”-inspired black-tie “Night at the Newseum” New Year’s Eve gala, with parties and bars on seven floors (tickets from $135 to $195).

Paul Dickson, whose book “Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn’t Supposed To” was recently published, says that the parties are an outgrowth of the popular speakeasy-style cocktail bars that evoke the Prohibition era. “We are still fascinated with the culture of the time — the Algonquin Round Table, Dashiell Hammett’s ‘Thin Man,’ the boozy escapades of W. C. Fields and so much more,” he said in an email. “‘The Great Gatsby’ is, after all, a novel about a bootlegger.”



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