The new Chumley’s at its original location. Photo via Chumley’s
Sometimes too much reality is a bad thing – the upcoming inauguration of President Donald J. Trump is one of those times. For those who want to stick their head in the sand during his appointment, we have found a few places you can go to pretend the whole affair isn’t happening.
1. Pretend it’s the Roaring 20s
Chumley’s – 86 Bedford, between Barrow and Grove, West Village (pictured above)
Escape down an early 20th century rabbit hole of great authors and artists at this legendary speakeasy, and the inauguration will be nothing but a hazy memory.
Simone de Beauvoir wrote of Chumley’s, “the room…has something so rare in America — atmosphere.” It still oozes 1920s glamour and the friendly staff make you feel you’re a regular the minute you step inside.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald drank here, as did Faulkner, Salinger, Ginsberg Hemingway and Kerouac. Their vintage book covers line the walls, so you might ponder on great minds, not tiny minds.
Forget your worries, feast on oysters and steak, and party like it’s 1929 with a gin cocktail that seems to snub its nose at the incoming president – a Smart Little Feller.