Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Event Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm
VIP Session: 1:30pm doors
General Session: 2:30pm doors
at Webster Hall
At the pinnacle of Nightlife’s First Golden Age, Webster Hall was a regular hot spot for quiet knocks and hushed whispers, turn-the-other-cheek coppers and strong booze. Reputedly owned by infamous mobster Al Capone, the venue conveniently ignored the prohibition mantra, and quickly earned its moniker as the “Jewel of the Village” among its adventurous clientele. Fast Forward to now, 126 years since its inception, Webster Hall is bringing it all back.
On January 19th, 2013, re-scheduled from November 5th due to Sandy, the legendary venue is resurrecting the not-so-temperate 1920’s with its first annual Beer and Whiskey Festival called East Ville Des Folies. On the eve of the festival, guests will have the opportunity to sample 4 floors of rare Whiskeys and Beers from around the world while immersed in the culture of the original burlesque hall as it was at the turn of the century.
Done with the Webster Hall flair, the event will feature the Spinning Prize Wheel, Trapeze and Circus acts, scantily clad Burlesque dancers, Swing Jazz Bands.
Complete with vintage photographs that date back far before Instagram found inspiration in their antiquity, the speakeasy bar downstairs will be transformed into an exclusive lounge for Templeton Rye Whiskey, said to be the mobster Al Capone’s favorite drink.
Tickets on sale now at $35 general admission, and $45 for VIP. VIP will give you early entrance. The event is 1:30 PM–5:30 PM for VIP, and 2:30 PM-5:30 PM for GA. It may no longer be illegal to attend, but East Ville Des Folies is definitely not for the faint of heart.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to East Ville Des Folies’ charitable partner Third Street Music School Settlement, a nonprofit organization providing group instruction in music and dance to 3,000 students from low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. More than 75 percent of all youth served benefit from need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships and subsidized instructional offerings.