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September 13, 2022

40 Amazing Postcards of American Cocktail Lounges in the 1950s and ’60s

Lounge (also known as lounge bar) is a type of food service business, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Lounge is a subtle combination between the excitement and bustle of bars and the calm and gentleness of coffee shops. At the lounge, customers feel comfortable but the atmosphere is not as deep as in a coffee shop.

Lounges were originally areas for VIP guests to sit and wait at airports and hotels. Later, the lounge gradually became a type of place to enjoy and relax with dishes and drinks loved by many subjects.

Here below is a set of amazing postcards that shows what American cocktail lounges looked like in the 1950s and 1960s.

Arizona. The "French Quarter", Fabulous Safari Hotel, Scottsdale

California. "Burl Room" Rustic Cocktail Lounge, Brookdale Lodge, Santa Cruz

California. Colonial Inn's Cocktail Lounge, Santa Cruz

California. Crown Room, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

California. Italian Swiss Colony

California. Topaz Room, Santa Rosa

Colorado. The Nugget, Aspen

Florida. Ray's Silver Dollar Bar, Anna Maria Island

Florida. The Starlight Roof, Doral Beach Hotel, Miami

Florida. The Wreck Bar, The Castaways, Miami Beach

Georgia. Regency Hyatt House, Atlanta

Illinois. Paul Peterson's New Evergreens, Dundee

Illinois. The Red Dog Palace Saloon, Blackhawk Restaurant, Chicago

Indiana. The Purple Tree Lounge, Indianapolis

Kentucky. The Continental Inn, Lexington

Maine. Eastland Motor Hotel, Portland

Michigan. Blakey Park Resort

Michigan. Willis Show Bar, Detroit

Missouri. The Control Tower Cocktail Lounge, Top Of The Tower Restaurant, Kansas City

Nevada. Jim Kelly's "Nugget", Reno

Nevada. The Fabulous Copa Room, The Sands, Las Vegas

Nevada. Venus Room, New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas

New Hampshire. Cocktail Lounge, Soo Nipi Lodge

New Jersey. Edwardian Cocktail Lounge, The Marlborough, Atlantic City

New Jersey. Suburban Bar and Lounge, Far Hills Inn, Somerville

New Orleans. The Carousel Lounge, Monteleone Hotel

New York. Grossinger's

New York. Polo Bar, Westbury Hotel, New York

New York. Safari Lounge, The Nevele Country Club, Ellenville

New York. The Fallsview, Ellenville

New York. The Sweetheart Lounge, Oriskany

Oklahoma. The After Five Club, Featuring The Piano Bar, Hotel Black, Oklahoma City

Oregon. Canlis Charcoal Broiler Atop The Portland Hilton

Pennsylvania. Golden Horse Inn, Trevose

Pennsylvania. Mugs Club Colonial York, Hotel Yorktowne, York

Vermont. Sno Bunny Club, Stowe

Washington DC. The Purple Tree Lounge, Manger Hamilton Hotel

Wisconsin. Keg Room, Rondo Manor, Lake Geneva

Wyoming. Cocktail Lounge, Holding's Little America, Cheyenne

Wyoming. Silver Dollar Bar, Jackson




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