Harvelles Santa Monica is the ultimate musical anachronism - a place that thrives just off the trendy 3rd Street Promenade while still primarily featuring live jazz and blues, whose heyday coincides roughly with the club's 1931 opening.
If Santa Monica had a musical institution, Harvelle's would be it. The club holds the distinction of being the oldest live music venue on the Westside.
And to its credit, Harvelles Santa Monica has changed very little since 1931. Except, of course, it legally sells and serves alcoholic beverages now that that pesky Prohibition thing is history.
Sure, the red leather banquette has clearly been replaced - it shines like new and has uber comfortable padding on the seats. Harvelle's Santa Monica today looks very much like the speakeasy it was in 1931.
And that, in a nutshell, is why Harvelle's is practically revered around these parts, and has packed crowds night after night - including week nights.
This dark, sexy room is the perfect spot for dancing and sipping cocktails while listening to the best local, national, and international musical acts, a majority of which have their roots in jazz and the blues.
Guests gather around the same candle-lit tables, although now they can enjoy craft cocktails from the bar or edibles from the kitchen - such as a brandy pulled-pork and brie sandwich with caramelized onions and roasted tomato and garlic flatbread - while listening to the best live music around.
And, perhaps, reliving the heyday of the jazz and blues eras. Everything old really is new again here. It's best to arrive early on weekends to avoid long lines. Cover charge varies by night and by act.
Harvelle's is located at 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica; (310) 395-1676. Get more Harvelle's details here.