It's a tradition among bars across the city to mark the anniversary of the day when Prohibition laws rolled back. Michigan had one of the longest stretches as a dry state in the country, with local teetotalers passing bans alcohol in 1916 — a full three years before the passage of the 18th Amendment. Of course, many citizens weren't willing to give up their drink and the demand inspired more than 15,000 speakeasies to flourish in the Detroit area. Meanwhile, smugglers devised ways to traffic enormous amounts of booze from Canada. By some estimates, Michigan supplied around 75 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States during Prohibition.
Fortunately, Congress wised up and passed the 21st Amendment repealing the dry law in 1933. Michigan was the first state to ratify the amendment, rolling back Prohibition on December 5, 1933. Without that momentous occasion, thirsty Michiganders might still be sipping bootlegged booze in blind pigs, rather than celebrating the current cocktail revival. Here, now, are 5 ways to celebrate this weekend: