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5 Venues With Vintage L.A. Style

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Ballroom. Photo: Courtesy of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Ballroom.

Photo: Courtesy of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

With its striking Spanish Colonial decor, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been the playground and home for celebrities since Errol Flynn. The Blossom Ballroom was the site of the first-ever Academy Awards in 1929.

Dan Tana’s is little more than a kitschy red-sauce Italian joint and steakhouse, but it’s one of the most storied celeb hangouts in town. Old Chianti bottles hang from the rafters, and red-and-white-checked linens cover the tables. The maitre d’ knows many folks’ names.

Next to the Pantages Theatre, Bob’s Frolic Room is so noir it was featured in a scene in the neo-classic L.A. Confidential. Untouched by gentrification, the Art Deco decor, Al Hirschfield mural of old Hollywood stars, and jukebox attract a steady stream of regulars.

While most of Hollywood’s old glamour restaurants have come and gone, Musso & Frank Grill still has the clubby decor, leather seats, steaks, martinis and overall whiskey-soaked ambience that attracts the boldface names.

The landmark Pig ’n Whistle first opened its doors in 1927. The room features high ceilings with hand-carved wood beams, individually molded plaster sconces along the walls, antique stained-glass windows, and cozy booth seating.


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