Top 5 Places to Relive the 1920's

With Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opening just before summer, there's no better time to celebrate the spirit of the Roaring 20's. From speakeasies to grande dame hotels, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have chosen the "Top 5 Places to Relive the 1920's."

  1. Les Deux Magots - Paris, France

    Photo credit: Les Deux Magots, courtesy of Les Deux Magots

    Les Deux Magots, meaning Two Chinese figurines, is one of the most storied of the literary cafés in Paris, where famed artists like Picasso and Hemingway would congregate and talk about their work and opinions. In addition to this tradition and the role the café played in creating so many monumental literary works, it is also a perfect spot from which to begin exploring the Left Bank. Located on the Place St. Germain des Prés at the intersection of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Bonaparte, the cafe is across from the Eglise de Saint Germain des Prés, a short walk from the Saint Suplice, and down the street from Ladurée and L'Hotel, where Oscar Wilde lived and wrote until his death.

  2. The Rose Club & Champagne Bar - Plaza Hotel, New York City, NY

    The Plaza Hotel has a storied history in both The Great Gatsby and author F. Scott Fitzgerald's life: the hotel is featured in the novel as a meeting spot, but it was also where the Fitzgerald's first honeymooned after being married in New York City. This month, in honor of the opening of the film, the hotel has coordinated a collection of experiences to celebrate the novel, film, and the hotel's role in the time period.

    The hotel's iconic Champagne Bar, often a meeting place in Fitzgerald's novels, has been transformed into a Moët Pop-Up illustrating the glamour and decadence of Gatsby's famous partners. The bar will serve the first-ever Moët Champagne cocktail named the "Moët Imperial Gatsby," as well as serve Moët Imperial by the glass. The Rose Club, another popular meeting place, will host Gatsby Hour on Wednesday and Thursday evenings complete with a live jazz band and a Prohibition-inspired cocktail menu featuring old favorites like the "Hemingway Daiquiri" and the "Blood & Sand."

  3. Pour Vous - Los Angeles, CA

    Photo credit: The interior of Pour Vous, courtesy of their website

    The most recently opened venue on the list, Pour Vous is a cocktail lounge on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The interior is modeled after Paris in the 1920's with red velvet banquettes, small café tables, and decadent chandeliers. The cocktail menu is a 21-century mixologist's take on classic favorites, with thematic names like the "Moulin Rouge" and "La Vie en Rose." The bar is also well-known for its punch bowls which serve up to 20 drinks. In addition to the décor and excellent cocktails, the venue has live music as well as burlesque dancing on most nights.

  4. Clover Club - Brooklyn, New York

    The Bar at the Clover Club, courtesy of their website

    While the Plaza might be the venue that is present in Fitzgerald's novels, The Clover Club could fool many fans of the era. The club, named after a group of Philadelphia journalists who met once a month of the same name, harkens back to another time with a mahogany bar from 1892, a gilded ceiling, and tiled flooring. Located in the tony neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, the venue has become well-known for its interior, its brunch, and its mixology, with a menu featuring single old fashioned cocktails like the Clover Club (gin, dry vermouth, lemon, raspberry syrup and egg whites). Like Pour Vous, Clover Club also has punch options - the recommended selection is the Ambrosia Punch and it serves 4 - 6 people.

  5. Napier, New Zealand

    Photo credit: The foyer of the National Tobacco Building, courtesy of ArtDecoNapier

    While slightly off the beaten path, multiple VirtualTourist members suggested the town of Napier, New Zealand, as a great spot to relive the 1920's. The small town is situated on Hawke's Bay on the North Island of New Zealand. After a massive 7.8 earthquake leveled the city in the early 20th century, the entire area was rebuilt in Art Deco style. The town offers guided walks and tours, self-drive tours, and Deco by Bike, where visitors can cycle around the city on a self-guided tour booklet until 5 pm. It also has an annual Art Deco Weekend each February, in the middle of New Zealand's summer season, with costumed attendees, performers, and hundreds of vintage automobiles that bring the Gilded Age back to life.

  6. No matter where you're from, there are great spots all over the world to relive the revelry and carefree times of the 1920's. When you're planning your next trip, don't forget to visit VirtualTourist (www.virtualtourist.com) for tips, reviews, and real opinions from experienced travelers.

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