Prohibition-era fun as Elbow Room turns 80 

The Elbow Room Pub, circa 1940.
  • The Elbow Room Pub, circa 1940.
Grab your flapper dress and pork pie hat for a trip back in time to 1933, the year The Elbow Room Pub was established on the corner of North and Pennsylvania streets. In honor of its 80th birthday, The Elbow Room is celebrating June 27 to 29 with jazz music, dancing and Prohibition-era cocktail samples.

"For many decades we were one of the only restaurant pubs in this area of downtown, and we are proud to be able to continue to serve customers in such a beautiful building, with rich history and tradition," says Beth Lux, co-owner of The Elbow Room Pub with her husband, Rick Lux.

Templeton Rye is sponsoring a VIP party June 26 from 6-8 p.m.; the first 100 guests to walk through will be handed a free etched rocks glass. Guests are encouraged to dress in with Prohibition-era outfits and dance to music by the Josh Silbert Jazz Trio. Flat 12 Bierwerks will tap a special 80th Anniversary Brew June 27 at 7:30 p.m.; later in the night Hendricks Gin will providing samples specials. Ever wondered how Maker's Mark gets that red wax on their bottles of whiskey? Join reps for a wax-dipping party from 9 p.m. on June 28.

The celebration wraps up June 29 with "Batch 19 on the 19th Hour" by offering guests a free Batch 19 pint glass and a fedora, along with an opportunity to win the grand prize raffle. Prohibition-era cocktails will be complemented by a select menu of bar food - Waldorf Salad, Mac and Cheese, Corn Bread, Mini Meatloaf Burgers and Fried Chicken will go for 80 cents. More info is available on the The Elbow Room's Facebook page.


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