Saturday Night at Prohibition

Join us for an evening of history, vintage cocktails and canapés with a speakeasy flavour

Saturday February 3rd, 2018
6pm – 8pm
Prohibition Bar at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W Georgia St)


*Please note that this event has reached capacity. 

A century ago, Vancouver was officially a dry city. Prohibition in British Columbia came into effect in 1917 and lasted four years but, as elsewhere, it did not bring the end of alcohol sales. Vancouver had its own Greta Garbo moment with humble back door entries disguising swinging jazz bands, sparkling dance floors and the all-important flow of drinks. Join us for a taste of 1920s glamour with era-appropriate cocktails*, canapés and fascinating stories of Vancouver’s Prohibition era.

Start your evening with some Prohibition Punch and later enjoy a mixology demonstration with Bar Manager Robyn Gray and hear about the legacy in bar tending of the Prohibition era. Sample a feature 1920s themed cocktail and canapés, as Historian and Author of ‘Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars’, Daniel Francis, illuminates some of Vancouver’s lesser known and seedier history of bootleggers and illegal stills. Discover who made millions in the process and why the province gave up on Prohibition within four years and went into the liquor business for themselves.

The Prohibition bar offers an atmospheric venue to hear about this fascinating era of Vancouver’s history. It opened in 2015 following the restoration of the historic Hotel Georgia. There will be chance to hear about the restoration of this landmark hotel during the evening from Architect Robert Lemon.

Dressing in your 1920’s finest evening attire is highly encouraged.

*Please note non-alcoholic alternatives will be available upon request

About the Venue:

Following its grand debut in the roaring ‘20s, Hotel Georgia came to be known as a Vancouver legend for bringing unheard-of luxuries to the young city and Canada’s West Coast. Built in 1926-27, the legendary Hotel Georgia has played host to a long list of Hollywood and royalty, from John and Ethel Barrymore, Marlene Dietrich (and her 40 suitcases) and Errol Flynn to Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne and Gary Cooper. But, the red carpet was literally rolled out for two of the hotel’s earliest guests; HRH Edward, Prince of Wales and his brother George, the Duke of Kent stayed in 1927 while in Vancouver for the Seaforth Highlander’s Ball, a gala event celebrated at the hotel.

After undergoing a full renovation and reopening in 2011 as Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the hotel has been returned to its former grandeur. With the painstaking restoration of old world craftsmanship, the hotel offers a return to the golden age of hotel travel.


Daniel Francis is a Historian and Author of several books including Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars. He is the recipient of the 2017 Governor General's History Award for Popular Media, the Pierre Berton Award, for bringing Canadian history to a wider audience. He is also the recipient of the 2014 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence. He writes a regular column about books for Geist magazine, as well as contributing to reviews and articles for a variety of Canadian periodicals.