Skip to content

If you like a drink, then National Repeal Day is all about you. On the 5th of December, it’s time to raise a glass to all things cocktails, beer and spirit, and celebrate your right to have a cheeky little (or large!) tipple now and then. Whether you enjoy a sip of sophistication with a swish cocktail or simple G and T, or even if you’re happy to sit back with a bottle of beer, this day celebrates kicking back with a drink or two whether at home, with friends or at the pub.

History of National Repeal Day

Between January 5th 1919 and December 5th 1933, America was dry. And we don’t mean it didn’t get much rainfall – during these years, the consumption of alcohol was banned. This was supposed to end drunkenness and put a stop to crime – but if anything, it just made problems with lawbreaking even worse.

Simply enough, even though it had been banned, there was still a demand for alcohol – and some shady characters made it their business to help America get a swig of the sweet stuff. Soon enough, organized crime would become a key driver of the liquor trade.

Bootlegging, or rum-running as it might also be known, became of especial favor with crime lords. Sneaking liquor around the country became a big business in 1920s USA, and despite the best effort of authorities, the big wigs of the underworld were soon reveling in the money it brought them.

Realising perhaps keeping beer away from the people was causing more trouble than it was worth, a number of repeal organizations were born and eventually, after much consideration, the 18th Amendment was lifted. And so on the back of all that, we celebrate repeal day.

How to celebrate National Repeal Day

This day is an easy one to celebrate, especially if you are partial to a cheeky drink or two. There’s no need to get dressed up – although if you choose to go to a posh wine bar, you could always pop on something sparkly; Celebrate repeal day by grabbing yourself a quick drink on the 5th, or perhaps you could make some swanky cocktails at home.

If you’re feeling sociable after a day at work, why not get the gang together and go down to your local pub for a few? And if you don’t drink alcohol, you can always get involved with alcohol-free beer, or some tasty virgin cocktails. Cheers!

Also on ...

View all holidays

Krampusnacht

Embracing a darker yuletide tradition with chilling festivities, when a fearsome figure roams the streets, evoking both shivers and revelry.

World Soil Day

The Earth's foundation for life, where plants, animals, and humans thrive. Without it, we wouldn't have food, clean air, or water.

View all holidays

We think you may also like...

National Tequila Day

This iconic Mexican spirit is the star of many famous cocktails and pairs well with a variety of foods. Salud!

National Kahlua Day

With its rich, velvety flavor, this coffee liqueur makes for a versatile addition to cocktails, desserts, and cozy nights in.

International Stout Day

A favorite among beer connoisseurs, with its dark hue and bold taste — perfect for sipping on a cozy night in.

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

A classic drink featuring a steaming mug, spiced and rich, offering pure comfort with each delightful, warming sip.

Calendar