ALL THAT JAZZ

9 Places to Party Like It's 1929

  1. The Edison, a cavernous basement lounge in L.A., still shows the industrial pipes and generators from its past life as a power plant. (Courtesy The Edison)
  2. Luxurious velvet curtains create intimate spaces inside Chicago's Violet Hour. (Restaurant Intelligence Agency)
  3. Bartenders at the Violet Hour use applejack, pear brandy, egg whites, and lemon to concoct the Red Moon Fizz cocktail. (Restaurant Intelligence Agency)
  4. At APO Bar + Lounge in Philadelphia, even the bartenders' dress code is retro. (Sam Shaaban)
  5. APO is short for apothecary, a kind of pharmacy where ingredients like bitters were used for medicinal purposes—way before the cocktail was born. (Sam Shaaban)
  6. APO makes the Baron Von Thrippleton Royal Polynesian cocktail with aged rum, orange Curaçao, hibiscus, lime, and falernum (a sweet ginger syrup). (Sam Shaaban)
  7. The 1927 mahogany bar at New York's glam Flatiron Lounge was salvaged from The Ballroom, where Frank Sinatra once partied. (Phil Shipman)
  8. The perpetually packed Beehive in Boston is known for its Beehive julep and champagne cocktails. (Courtesy the Beehive)
  9. Named for a Paris café des artistes that once hosted artists like Marc Chagall, the Beehive presents art of a different kind: live jazz, cabaret, and burlesque. (Courtesy the Beehive)
  10. Jazz pianists play regularly at the Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland. (Donna Turner Ruhlman)
  11. Cleveland's Velvet Tango Room is in a brick house that was a speakeasy during the 1920s. (Donna Turner Ruhlman)
  12. Illusions Magic Bar in Baltimore has custom-made chandeliers and a stage cut into the middle of the bar that hosts vaudeville-style magic shows. (Illusions Magic Bar)
  13. The decadent expat nightlife scene in pre-WWII China inspired San Francisco's Shanghai 1930 lounge. (Courtesy Shanghai 1930)
  14. The backlit Blue Bar at Shanghai 1930 offers absinthe-spiked cocktails and live jazz. (Courtesy Shanghai 1930)
  15. The historic Sazerac Bar in New Orleans, which first popularized the Ramos Gin Fizz and its namesake Sazerac and which reopened on July 1, 2009, in the revamped Roosevelt Hotel. (Historic New Orleans Collection)

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