Prohibition to Host “Seal the 18th Deal” Celebration

Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s popular speakeasy located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will host a weekend-long celebration Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19 to commemorate all things Prohibition: the 100thAnniversary of the first day of Prohibition; legendary gangster, Al Capone’s birthday; and featured cocktail recipes that date back to the early 1900s.

GBOD Hospitality Group beverage director and Prohibition’s lead bartender, Ryan Andrews, will feature a specially curated menu of eight cocktails, with recipes adapted from an antique cocktail book by Charles Smith, Multum in Parvo” Smiles and Smacks or How to Mix Fancy Drinks. The book comes from a long-time bartender who worked at various speakeasys that were frequented by Al Capone in Chicago. It will be on display throughout the weekend to give guests the chance to learn about the history behind the cocktails.

The cocktails, priced at $14, will include:

  • Brace up Saratoga, made with brandy, absinthe, sugar, bitters, lime and egg;
  • Brandy Daisy, made with brandy, orange, lemon and seltzer water;
  • Brandy Scaffa, a combination of brandy, raspberry, maraschino and Chartreuse;
  • Golden Fizz, made with gin, egg, sugar, lemon and seltzer water;
  • Knickerbocker, made with rum, curaçao, raspberry, lemon, pineapple and orange;
  • Jersey Sour, a combination of applejack, sugar and lemon;
  • Orgeat Punch, made with brandy, orgeat and lemon;
  • White Lion, made with rum, curaçao, sugar, lemon and raspberry.

Partygoers who dress in 20s apparel will receive complimentary cover and the first 50 attendees will receive exclusive swag and gifts. There will also be live performances by local musicians throughout the weekend, with Ryan Erwin and Jason Brown scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, Jenny O’Henny and Shane Hall on Saturday, Jan. 18, and Jenny and the Tramps on Sunday, Jan. 19.

More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at

About Prohibition

In February of 2017 GBOD Hospitality took over management of Prohibition, a speakeasy known for its craft cocktails, where bartenders, rapturous live music and hypnotic lighting capture the elusive spirit of the 1920s-era underground bar scene. Prohibition, located at 548 Fifth Ave, is an underground bar and the stairs are located behind an inconspicuous “Law Office – Eddie O’Hare, ESQ.” door located adjacent to Havana 1920. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with live music beginning at 9 p.m. More information about Prohibition is available on the website at and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ProhibitionSD.

About GBOD Hospitality Group

GBOD Hospitality Group was founded in 2012 by brothers Raymond and Patrick Davoudi in San Diego with the opening of Mezé Greek Fusion in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Two new partners, Joe Santos and Aleko Achtipes, joined GBOD in 2014 with the aim to build a portfolio of dynamic hospitality brands. Building on the success of Mezé, GBOD took over operations of Prohibition, an underground speakeasy at 548 Fifth Ave. in February 2017; followed by the opening El Chingon Bad Ass Mexican in May 2017; and Havana 1920, located at 548 Fifth Ave. in October 2017. With four concepts under its umbrella, GBOD is now working to develop sister companies in related industries. More information is on the website, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @GBODGroup.