The Esquire Tavern celebrated its 80th anniversary on Thursday, which coincided with the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

There are many bars across America that are older but few have as direct a tie to Prohibition as the Esquire Tavern.

The downtown bar opened on Dec. 5, 1933, the day Prohibition was repealed.

"We're going to celebrate our legal right to drink," said bar manager Houston Eaves. "Today's a good day to get a drink."

Eaves said the bar had many specials lined up for the night including a special cocktail menu highlighting a signature drink from each decade, free appetizer samples and burlesque dancers.

"We knew it was the 80th celebration," said Laura Dy, who arrived just after the doors opened with a group of friends. "I had been here once before and loved the atmosphere so decided to come back and celebrate."

It was a double celebration for Andy Smith, who turned 60 on Thursday.

"Eightieth anniversary of Esquire, 60th for me," said Smith. "It's kind of a family tradition. My dad used to come down here, my daughters would come down here, so we're extending the tradition."

The Esquire had another reason to celebrate as well. Esquire TV featured the bar Thursday night during its "Best Bars in America" program.

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