As we are spending a bit of time in L.A as part of our epic USA Summer Roadtrip adventure we thought it only right that we indulge in an evening of true 1920’s style glamour at the almighty Cicada Club. For any of you that read Vogue Magazine you may recognise the shoot from the May issue which featured Scarlett Johanson and an adolescent leopard at the one and only Cicada Club!
We donned our finest frocks, curled our hair, painted our faces, preened, plucked and prepared to party. Set in the Oviatt Building in Downtown L.A lies the magical Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club. Most Sunday nights the Oviatt Building comes to life turning into a 1920s-’30s style nightclub complete with live bands, orchestras, singers, a crowd of snappy dressers and one heck of a dance floor. The Entrance of The Oviatt building is all the bit as impressive as what lies beyond the golden Art Deco Doors. The James Oviatt Building commonly referred to as simply ‘The Oviatt Building’ was built in 1927 designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm Walker & Eisen. James Oviatt whom the building is named after owned a thriving men’s clothing and haberdashery store ‘Alexander & Oviatt’ in Los Angeles, on his annual buying trip to Europe he found the French Art Deco architectural style that would embody the interior design of his 1928 James Oviatt Building and its penthouse. As you enter the club the grandeur is truly breathtaking.
Today, Cicada Restaurant is located in the huge, ornate Art Deco space on the building’s ground floor and upstairs mezzanine. The is no cover charge if you are dining and it’s only $10 if you’re just going to listen to the band, enjoy cocktails and dance. Be sure to take a ride in the traditional elevator with the hilarious bell boy complete with full uniform (he’s a pretty swell dancer too!).
We sat on the mezzanine, watched the band and ordered a round of Singapore Slings ($12 each). Served at the Oviatt in 1935 as reported by the LA Times the Singapore Sling is created using Sloe Gin, Splash of Beefeater Gin, Cherry Liqueur, Fresh Lemon, Club Soda and Orange garnish. You can also order light bites from the Mezzanine Lounge Menu including Harlow’s Spicy Chicken Wings ($10), Barrymore’s Burgers ($10), Buster’s Big Plate Of Fries ($7) or Clara’s Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($8), delish! Cocktail in hand, the company of lovely friends surrounded by picture perfect Art Deco opulence, the moment the band kicks in you’re transported back in time to the roaring twenties.
The Fabulous Times