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Hip Houston bar set to suddenly shutter in The Galleria — and get reborn elsewhere

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McCrory Building at 1008-1010 Prairie St. in downtown Houston
The bar has signed a lease at the historic McCrory Building, which opened its doors as the 18th Amendment took effect in 1920. WayMarketing.com
Prohibition Bar Houston interior with photos on wall The Galleria area
Popular cocktail bar Prohibition ends its two-and-a-half-year run at the Galleria with eyes on downtown Houston. ProhibitionHouston.com
McCrory Building at 1008-1010 Prairie St. in downtown Houston
Prohibition Bar Houston interior with photos on wall The Galleria area
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With its current Galleria spot set to be demolished this spring in a major mall makeover, craft cocktail bar Prohibition has its sights on a new location amidst downtown's ever-growing collection of hip bars east of Market Square Park.

The restaurant-lounge-venue has leased a 15,000-square-foot space inside the historic McCrory Building at Main and Prairie — catty corner from Georgia's Farm to Market and a short walk from popular hangouts like Captain Foxheart's, The Pastry War and the recently-opened El Big Bad. (Eater first reported the news of the lease.)

 The award-winning McCrory Building coincidentally opened the first year the 18th Amendment took effect in 1920.  

While owners Anh Mai and Lian Pham were unable to be reached for details on relocation, the bar's in-house burlesque troupe The Moonlight Dolls has been busy on Facebook recruiting fresh talent for shows at Prohibition's "beautiful, new venue."

No word yet if owners will continue the "speakeasy" concept, or if executive chef Hugo Carabajal and drink master Blake Jorgensen will make the downtown move as well. An official launch date at the award-winning McCrory Building — which, coincidentally, opened the first year the 18th Amendment took effect in 1920 — has not been revealed.

Prohibition shocked its loyal followers on Facebook last week with a confirmation that the Galleria locale will be "shutting down indefinitely" after a two-and-a-half year run. A blowout closing party on Dec. 21 promises "one last unforgettable night" in the Galleria space with three dinner-and-show performances featuring The Moonlight Dolls as well as specials on top-shelf champagne, tequila and Scotch.

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