– Cocktail Crawl and Boss of the Bars Cocktail Competition to take place at select Downtown bars December 1 – 4
– Courtroom discussions covering various aspects of Prohibition history on December 3
– Book signing of “Cocktail Noir” by Author and Organized Crime Expert Scott Deitche on December 3
– Prohibition-Era cocktail demonstrations by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Mixologists on December 3
– Boss of the Bars trophy to be awarded December 5

LAS VEGAS (November 2016) – This year, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will recognize Repeal Day—the most spirited date on the calendar—with a series of events to be held December 1 through 5. Including a Downtown Las Vegas Cocktail Crawl, eye-opening presentations on Prohibition-Era history and more, these events take the place of the Museum’s Repeal Day party, but spread the festivities over five exciting days. Of course, each event commemorates December 5, 1933, the date when Prohibition was repealed and Americans could once again legally enjoy their favorite alcoholic beverages.

Offering a new twist on the Museum’s annual Repeal Day cocktail competition, the Museum will host a downtown Las Vegas Cocktail Crawl and Boss of the Bars competition December 1 through 4. Participating bars include Atomic Liquors, Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand, Triple George, Oscar’s Steakhouse, Parlour Bar at El Cortez, Pizza Rock and Velveteen Rabbit. Each Cocktail Crawl bar will offer a prohibition-inspired cocktail for $5 each. A free map of participating locations will be available from The Mob Museum box office.

To help the public determine this year’s Boss of the Bars, The Mob Museum will film and share videos of participating bartenders preparing and telling the stories behind their drinks, inspired by Prohibition and bearing names such as Bee’s Knees, French 75 and Ward 8. These videos will be uploaded to the Museum’s Facebook page, found here: Everyone is encouraged to view the videos, join the Cocktail Crawl and vote for their favorite cocktail. On December 5, the winning bar will be crowned, taking home several exciting prizes as well as the Museum’s coveted Boss of the Bars trophy to display on its premises for one year.

On December 3, four speakers will deliver talks in the Museum’s courtroom about different aspects of Prohibition-Era history. Throughout the afternoon, mixologists from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will demonstrate Prohibition-Era cocktails; a limited number of samples will be available for guests aged 21-and-older to taste. In addition, author and organized crime expert Scott Deitche will sign copies of his book, “Cocktail Noir,” in the Museum’s retail store. The schedule follows:

12 p.m.
Organized Crime during Prohibition, Geoff Schumacher, The Mob Museum director of content – Schumacher will discuss how Prohibition transformed street hoodlums into millionaire syndicate organized crime bosses.

1 p.m.
The Temperance Movement, Claire White, The Mob Museum education outreach manager – Attendees will hear how Christians, female activists and concerned physicians joined forces to propel a ban on alcohol in the United States.

30-minute cocktail demonstration

Book-signing, “Cocktail Noir” by Scott Deitche, in the Museum’s retail store (until 4 p.m.)

1:30 p.m.
30-minute cocktail demonstration

2 p.m.
Prohibition in Las Vegas, Michael Green, professor of history, UNLV – Prohibition coincided with an era of great change in Las Vegas, which saw the implementation of major federal projects and new state laws that made gambling and divorce easy.

30-minute cocktail demonstration

2:30 p.m.
30-minute cocktail demonstration

3 p.m.
Bootlegging and the Birth of NASCAR, Jeff Burbank, The Mob Museum content development specialist – In this presentation, guests will hear about the little-known correlation between bootleggers’ need to transport liquor fast and the development of “souped-up” automobile engines. These bootleggers’ cars shaped the development of the stock car, which gave rise to the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) in 1947.

Repeal Day events held at The Mob Museum on December 3 are free with admission and free for Museum Members. For more information or to reserve space, click here or call (702) 229-2734. There is no fee to participate in the Cocktail Crawl or Boss of the Bars contest, aside from the cost of beverages.

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.

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