Dallas Toasts to New Liquor Laws Now and 77 Years Ago

Several Dallas bars and restaurants celebrated the anniversary of the end of Prohibition with plenty of hooch.

Bar patrons said they were toasting to the end of two eras -- the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the recent passage of a proposition that allows citywide alcohol sales in Dallas.

J.J. Black's on Henderson took a trip back in time Friday night, from speakeasy attire to old-fashioned cocktails to 1920s-inspired cuisine.

Bartenders whipped up specialty cocktails, and the chef served a plate of pork chops and cauliflower au gratin.

Victor Tangos, another Henderson hotspot, served up 77-cent cocktails to mark 77 years of alcoholic freedom.

Last month, Dallas voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing beer and wine sales in every neighborhood. Voters also eliminated a requirement that restaurants in some parts of the city act as private clubs to sell alcohol.

Stores and restaurants in formerly dry areas are in the process of filing the necessary paperwork to sell it.

"I think it's good revenue for the city," bar patron Michael Greene said. "We've seen it in some of the suburbs, and I think it's a good thing."

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