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With Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opening, there is no better time to celebrate the spirit of the Roaring 20s. The folks at have chosen the top five places to relive the 1920s.

1) The Rose Club & The Champagne Bar, The Plaza Hotel - New York City

The Plaza Hotel has a storied history in both The Great Gatsby and author F Scott Fitzgerald's life: the hotel is featured in the novel as a meeting spot, but it was also where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald first honeymooned.

In honor of the film, the iconic Champagne Bar, has been transformed into a Moet Pop-Up, serving the first-ever Moet Champagne cocktail named the Moet Imperial Gatsby. The Rose Club, another popular meeting place, hosts Gatsby Hour on Wednesday and Thursday evenings complete with a live jazz band and a Prohibition-inspired cocktail menu

2) Pour Vous, Los Angeles

The cocktail lounge on Melrose Avenue is modeled after Paris in the 1920s with red velvet banquettes, small cafe tables, and decadent chandeliers. The menu is a 21st-century mixologist's take on classic favorites. The bar is also well-known for its punch bowls, which serve up to 20 drinks. In addition, the venue has live music as well as burlesque dancing on most nights.

3) Les Deux Magots - Paris

Les Deux Magots, meaning "two Chinese figurines," is one of the most storied of the literary cafes in Paris, where artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway would congregate.

Located on the Place St Germain des Pres, the cafe is across from the Eglise de Saint Germain des Pres, a short walk from the Saint Suplice, and down the street from Laduree and L'Hotel, where Oscar Wilde lived and wrote until his death.

4) Napier - New Zealand

It is slightly off the beaten path, but the small town on Hawke's Bay on the North Island is a great spot to relive the 1920s.

After a massive 7.8 earthquake leveled the city in the early 20th century, the entire area was rebuilt in Art Deco style. The town offers guided walks and tours, self-drive tours and Deco by Bike, where visitors can cycle around the city on a self-guided tour booklet until 5 pm.

5) Clover Club - Brooklyn, New York

The club, named after a group of Philadelphia journalists who met once a month, harkens back to another time with a mahogany bar from 1892, a gilded ceiling and tiled flooring.

The venue has become well-known for its interior, its brunch and its mixology, with a menu featuring single old-fashioned cocktails such as the Clover Club.


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