|nightclubs & ballrooms|
Nightclubs were a major source of entertainment in the 1950s. The nightclub experience included dinner, drinks, dancing and floor shows featuring the best performers in show business. TV was still in its infancy, so if you wanted to see the latest acts, you went to clubs like Ciro's or the Copacabana.
Visit my Entertainers page to find out who you might have seen on a nightclub stage!
Souvenirs from the famous Copacabana
There were three large nightclubs in Havana: the Tropicana, the Montmartre and Sans Souci. Casinos included the Riviera Casino, Capri Hotel Casino and Havana Hilton Casino. The Hotel Nacionale was the largest hotel on the island, and also provided entertainment and gambling.
Novelist Ernest Hemingway was a regular customer at the Floridita Bar in Havana. The frozen daiquiri was invented there.
Cuba In Her Heyday
Havana Is A Man's Town
Sin With A Rumba Beat
The Floridita Daiquiri
Las Vegas became a gambling destination in the 1930s. The famous Strip was born in the 1940s when the first large resort hotels were built on a stretch of highway outside the city limits.
Las Vegas combined casino action and nightclub excitement to create a glamorous oasis in the desert. At its peak in the 1950s, a new casino or hotel opened on the Strip every six months.
The Horseshoe Casino put a million dollars on display, proving that they were ready to take on the high rollers
Vintage Vegas Postcard Museum
Las Vegas Strip History
On a smaller scale, perhaps you prefer the intimate atmosphere of a smoky, jazzy cocktail lounge?
The World Of Shag: Retro Artwork
Liquor & Drink