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The date: Monday, December 4th, 1933. It’s significance? It’s the last night of prohibition in the United States, which began in 1920. That’s a pretty long dry spell, unless you were friends with Al Capone or any of his bootlegging friends. Ah, what a welcome Tuesday morning must have been, with the repeal of prohibition passed by the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution!

 

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In celebration of the 82nd anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, Shanghai Mermaid and Manhattan Moonshine hosted “Let’s Misbehave!”, a prohibition repeal day party.  Under a black awning and through an unmarked door, guests were transported back to the American Prohibition era for a night of cool live jazz and smokin’ hot burlesque!

My girlfriend and I dressed up ’30s style, she in a sexy white flapper and I in my double breasted gangster suit, which wouldn’t be complete without my fedora, which I got from my late grandfather who was a gangster in his own time.

 Guests (c) Greg Jones

The celebration was held in the back room of the historic Fillmore Room in Chelsea.  The roaring fireplace, dark wood, brick columns, and low ceilings hung with goldenChinese lanterns truly added to the ’30s feel, as did the outstanding performers for the evening.

Throughout the evening Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess were playing hot jazz.  A six piece band headed by lead vocalist Jessy Carolina who also plays washboard and percussion, they really got your feet moving. And move our feet we did! Nearly everyone was dressed to the nines in sexy 1930’s garb and the dance floor was definitely alive.

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In between sets we had performances by two ultra-sexy burlesque stars. Up first was Pandora with her fan dance, which was simply delicious. Later in the evening was Medianoche, my girlfriend’s favorite burlesque performer. Too hot for words, if you haven’t seen her perform you need to. We can’t forget the great Ragtime Piano Player Dalton Ridenhour either as he tickled the keys beautifully throughout the night, along with some spectacular dancing from Amanda Mottur.
 

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The cocktails created by Manhattan Moonshine, in particular the Brown Derby, helped to loosen up even the stiffest squares.  The world’s first luxury un-aged Whiskey, Manhattan Moonshine was founded in 2013 by William Kehler, a New York City native and whiskey enthusiast fascinated by the Prohibition era, Art Deco design and the Jazz age.

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The whole evening was simply dazzling. By the time we left at after 3:00am I forgot I wasn’t 20 years old anymore, and literally fell like a sack of potatoes into the back of our UBER. Thankfully my girlfriend has more energy than I and got us home safe n’sound. I’d do it all over in a heartbeat!

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– Michael Riegelman

About Shanghai Mermaid:

Shanghai Mermaid is an underground speakeasy cabaret started in 2007 in a basement in Dumbo by Juliette Campbell.  In 2010 she moved it to an old warehouse in Crown Heights and created “the Red Lotus Room”, an underground performance venue where she hosted Shanghai Mermaid, as well as otheravant garde performance soirees, until the building was sold in 2013. Since then, she’s been hosting roving parties – in old mansions, private clubs, and even sailboats! Her Chinese New Year party, “the Dragon Ball”, will be in a former dim sum palace below the Manhattan bridge. A new Red Lotus room is in the works, and will be back in Brooklyn in 2017.

About Manhattan Moonshine:

Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury Un-Aged Whiskey and has been designed to be the perfect Whiskey for cocktails. The Manhattan Moonshine Company, LLC was founded in 2013 by William Kehler to establish Un-Aged Whiskey as a legitimate expression of Whiskey that is competitive with Aged-Whiskey in flavor, quality and class. Using a unique grain bill featuring a combination of Oats, Rye, Spelt (an ancestral form of wheat) and Malted Barley with its unique production process, a collaboration between Kehler and whiskey expert Ian Smiley to create the formulation. Manhattan Moonshine delivers a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other Un-Aged Whiskey is able to create. A New York City native, Kehler is a New York City native and Whiskey enthusiast who is fascinated by the Prohibition era, Art Deco design and the Jazz age.

Photos by Socially Superlative and select photos by Gregory Jones