The minds behind The Bookstore Speakeasy know that the Roaring Twenties were about more than drinking bathtub gin and trying not to accidentally bathe in bathtub gin. The restaurant fully immerses patrons in the period, lighting their tables with candles and oil lamps and filling their ears with the bombast of live 1920s- and '30s-style jazz. And the bartenders behind their copper counter give a nod to the bootleggers of the past by preparing classic cocktails such as the Manhattan, the Rob Roy, and the Old Fashioned with fresh juices and hand-carved ice.
Yet the sizable selection of craft beers demonstrates the restaurant's willingness to incorporate some contemporary touches into the speakeasy experience, as does its menu of snacks and entrees. Between sips, groups can share artisanal meats and cheeses, crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms, and flatbreads topped with duck confit, plum-barbecue sauce, and smoked gouda.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.