If it wasn’t for the end of the Volstead Act exactly 85 years ago this week, our favorite libations might be non-existent. Celebrate in Roaring '20s fashion with a party that commemorates the end of Prohibition. There’s also a tequila dinner, secret supper club, a highly anticipated grand opening, and a not-so-normal champagne pairing. Make reservations now and toast to freedom.
Tuesday, December 4
Casa Dragones Tequila Dinner at Cantina Laredo
It’s tequila Tuesday at the downtown Mexican restaurant, where the founder of Casa Dragones tequila, Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, will be on site to talk through her popular spirits. The four-course dinner, with tequila pairings, includes bacon-wrapped shrimp, choice of halibut with red mole sauce or beef filet with pasilla sauce, and pumpkin cheesecake. Reservations are $69.99 per person, and cocktail service begins at 7 pm with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, December 5
Bird Café Repeal Day Party
Jump back in time to 1933 when the National Prohibition Act, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol, ended and libations were permitted to flow freely once again. There’ll be a speakeasy-style casino, cigar and cigarette girls, and live music from the Gatsby Gang. A $10 “Juice Joint” ticket is good for one throwback cocktail in Bird Café’s secret saloon, hors d’oeuvres and a little “money” for the tables. There’ll be prizes for those who rake in the most. Roaring '20s costumes are encouraged. Plan to stay up late for this one as the party runs from 9 pm – 2 am.
Thursday, December 6
Luciérnaga 2 at FW Blackhouse
Meaning “firefly” in Spanish, Luciérnaga is the name of this somewhat secret dinner club hosted by Wero Kitchen, which specializes in Latin American dishes. The five-course dinner will take place at the mesmerizing Blackhouse, an event space in a historic home (that’s painted black) just outside downtown. The menu includes chicken with green mole sauce and parsnip puree; smoked butternut squash; spiced carrots with Fresno chiles and winter nuts; and a cake made with roasted corn and goat milk cream. Seats are $75 per person and the dinner, which is BYOB, begins at 6:30 pm.
Friday, December 7
Food Hall at Crockett Row Grand Opening
Just in time for this season’s eatings, the Food Hall at Crocket Row finally will open this weekend. It's got an exciting lineup of food vendors, from John Tesar’s Knife Burger to Victor Villarreal’s Abe Froman’s of Fort Worth. Visit both Friday and Saturday to dine and enjoy live music, giveaways, photo booth fun, and guest appearances by local radio personalities and the TCU cheerleaders. The Food Hall will open at 11 am daily and stay open until 9 pm Sunday through Wednesday, midnight on Thursday, and 2 am on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, December 8
Bubbles & Birds at 3 Vino
Who says champagne doesn’t pair well with fried chicken? Not the folks at this cute Roanoke wine bar. They’ll serve bubbly with the bird for $30 per person for an early dinner from 4-6 pm. Reservations aren’t required, but arrive early for the best seating.