With the Great Recession supposedly over, what better time for some Great Depression revelling?
Prep your best suspenders for some proper rug-cutting at The Charleston, where Santa Monica honors those golden days of pomade and prohibition with nightly live entertainment.
Come for everything from burlesque to rock cover bands, and karaoke to dueling pianos. Then stay for the drinks.
Start with the namesake Charleston, a healthy dose of Buffalo Trace whiskey, green chartreuse, Dom Benedictine, and angostura bitters.
For your date? The sweet and tart Kaffir Lime Pie (Stoli Vodka, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white).
Make sure to try Iron Chef veteran Jet Tila's eclectic menu. Divide and conquer the bacon-wrapped dates and Korean salsa (short rib and Brussels sprouts in a corn tortilla) and sausage fennel & arugula flatbread.
Keep the cheese-crusted filet mignon crostini or the Charleston Burger (smoked Cheddar, arugula, onion marmalade and sun-dried tomato aioli) for yourself.
Meat and cheese hoarding: A Depression-era staple, no matter the decade.
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Price: 3 (out of 4) Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Scene: Modern day flappers and Fred Astaires
Best bets: Charleston cocktail; Charleston Burger
Hot seat: One of the sexy, semi-circular leather booths near the entertainment.
Nearby: Drago; The Wilshire; Gaslite
Photo courtesy Brandon Friend-Solis