Here’s Where You Can Go to Experience the 1920s in L.A.

The era of big band and flapper dresses lives on
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You know the feeling. It’s the particular nostalgia for a half-imagined Old Los Angeles that compels you to pop in the rose-tinted contact lenses and relive a bygone era. Though there are plenty of decades to explore, here’s where you can find relics of 1920s L.A.


1. Cicada Club

617 S. Olive St.


Swing dance in period dress on Sunday nights in this downtown club tucked inside the Art Deco Oviatt Building.

2. Del Monte Speakeasy

52 Windward Ave, Venice

Hidden below the Townhouse bar (Venice’s oldest), it’s one of the few legit prohibition speakeasies in the city.

3. The California Feetwarmers

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These dapper guys keep it lively with their spin on jazz and ragtime classics.

4. Cole’s

118 E 6th St.

Who knows (or cares) whether they invented the French Dip sandwich? The place has been around since 1908 and retains an era-appropriate ambiance.

5. Black and Sons Fabric

548 S Los Angeles St.

When you need the material to recreate, say, and old fashioned pinstripe suit, this is where you go. They specializes in wool fabrics and have been around since 1922.

6. Pacific Dining Car

1310 W. 6th St.

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Classic steaks. The classic-est.

7. The Original Pantry Cafe

877 S. Figueroa St.

This place has been open since 1924—as in, they don’t even have locks on the doors because they’re always there dishing up steaming heaps of hash browns, eggs over easy, and thick slabs of sourdough toast.

8. El Cholo

1121 S. Western Ave.

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Many of the recipes at this L.A. institution, like their egg-topped Sonora style enchilada, date back to its founding in 1923.

9. Tam O’Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd.

The storybook style restaurant was designed by architect Harry Oliver (the guy behind the Witch’s House of Beverly Hills. Tam O’Shanter was close by Walt Disney’s original studios, and Disney himself was a devoted regular.

10. HMS Bounty

3357 Wilshire Blvd.

The dingy nautical-themed dive in the lobby of the Gaylord apartments offers stiff drinks for cheap and a vintage ambiance for free.

11. Hollyhock House

Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

Conceived as part of an arts complex for oil heiress Aline Barnsdale, it’s the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in L.A. that offers interior tours, and it’s unique for its temple-like layout and abstracted hollyhock motif.