Just in time for National Jazz Day, the Wrapal Team has collected a swingin’ list of properties best suited for jazz club scenes and other old-timey clubs. Strap on your fedora and grab your sax, ‘cause these properties are the real cat’s meow!
The Mint is a jazz club that’s been serving LA since 1937. Since then they’ve expanded their repertoire to a variety of musical genres, but it still provides a swingin’ vibe for all your film noir needs. The space features a fully-stocked bar area and ample seating that includes table seating with larger booths, as well as a small, yet no less prominent stage. All this creates the perfect stomping ground for a hard-boiled 1940s detective or a band looking to make it big.
The Viper Room offers a large dance floor and raised stage if you’re looking for more of a jazz club than a jazz bar. There’s plenty of room to do the Charleston or Lindy Hop in front of a wailin’ band if that’s what you’re looking for, but if a character needs to take it all in there’s plenty of seating available as well. Of course, no jazz joint is complete without a bar, and The Viper Room’s is perfect for a protagonist to wet their whistle while they stake out the swing dancing competition.
Jazz isn’t confined to the days of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker; the Ohm Nightclub is a modern space with a main dance hall that features overhead truss, SPFX and lighting capabilities, a stage, and a huge dance floor. In addition, there’s a special lounge for tense conversations or relaxed people-watching. Ohm also offers views of Hollywood Boulevard for dramatic prolonged shots of characters contemplating various things, or just wanting to look contemplative.
Y’know why they call ‘em “speakeasies”? Cause you had to “speak easy” otherwise the cops would show up. You probably knew that, but it’s an excellent lead-in to our next property. With Prohibition repealed in the 1930’s, venues like these no longer have to restrict themselves to secret rooms, which means there’s plenty of space for your crew to spread out and get great coverage of the horseshoe bar or the ample seating area.
The Bardot evokes a sense of luxury and grandeur, a perfect setting for some Gatsby flair (Critique of the Jazz Age and massive eyeglasses sold separately). A little Victorian with noticeable Baroque influences, the space is massive and includes areas set aside for relaxing and lounging. While you could find a way to fit a band in there, the Bardot is also very suited to scenes of negotiations and discussions among mobsters or other ne’er-do-wells.
Have a swingin’ Jazz day, and don’t forget to check out Wrapal for locations that correspond to any genre of music or cultural period of American history!