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Repeal Day party means 1920s themed celebrations in The Black Cat on Monday 5 December

Our top floor cocktail bar, The Black Cat at El Gato Negro, has established itself as one of Manchester’s best venues for the discerning drinker in 2016. To mark the start of the festive season we’re throwing a very special themed cocktail party on Monday 5 December to celebrate Repeal Day, when Prohibition officially ended in the United States.

Repeal Day cocktails at The Black Cat

The Roaring Twenties remains a decade of unprecedented influence and inspiration for bartenders and cocktail aficionados alike. Join us in our Prohibition-themed hideaway in The Black Cat to celebrate the best of speakeasy bar culture.

We’re channeling our love of the period with live music from The Prohibition Swing Band, by encouraging guests to wear period-style costumes, and dressing the whole bar appropriately. Our skilled bartenders will be serving six specially created cocktails which summon up the era’s ethos and influence.

  • Bee’s Knees (Tito’s, wild blossom honey, citric solution & orange blossom)
  • Southside (Brooklyn Gin, 12 hour mint infusion with bitters & sugar)
  • Mary Pickford (Buffalo Trace, pineapple & fennel shrub & house grenadine)
  • White Water Rickey (Buffalo Trace White Dog with homemade strawberry iced tea soda)
  • Branca Brew (Fernet Branca, fig liqueur, dry lager)
  • Boulvardier (Eagle Rare 10 year bourbon, Antica Formula, Campari & walnut bitters)

We’ll also have the bartender’s favourite Fernet Branca on tap (which some of you might know was handily classified as a medicine during the Prohibition era, cementing its popularity in San Francisco and elsewhere). Be sure to try out its purported medicinal and restorative qualities on its own or as part of a cocktail.

There’s no charge and no tickets. Just come down any time after 7pm and make Repeal Day go with a swing. To avoid prying eyes and keep with the clandestine theme, access is recommended via the rear door on South King Street. Discounts will be offered to those who have secured the secret passcode or to those in 1920’s glad rags. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for the passcode!

Repeal Day newspapers