Located on the second floor of St. Elmo’s in downtown Indianapolis, the 1933 Lounge is a time warp to the immediate ending of the Prohibition Era.
It’s almost criminal that this night spot is relatively unknown to the general public – everyone owes it to themselves to experience a cocktail at this swanky speakeasy at least once.
When the elevator slides open to the lounge, it’s like you have exited through the car door of a time traveling 1988 Delorian . You are first greeted by one of several beauties, whose red outfits glow hotter than one of the lounges two fireplaces. The exposed brick walls are decorated with post Prohibition news articles, “PROHIBITION ENDS AT LAST!” Cool light fixtures dangle over the plush seating making every guest, Sexy. Then there's the bar.
It’s hard not to stare at everything for a bit and take it all in.
This is euphoria for fans of the roaring twenties, or even pop-culture fans of shows like Boardwalk Empire, or Mad Men.
Once you take your seat, your server is as engaging as she is lovely. Hungry? Take a look at their menu, which features several choices from St Elmo’s famous Steak House. It’s a little pricey, but like everything St. Elmo’s, it’s worth it. Just order the "well" and nobody will ever know.
The 1933 lounge is a gem in Indy's night life to say the least. Sitting back with my very dirty Martini, I had a strong urge to light a cigar, but then my eyes caught the no smoking sign and alas, I realized that I was back in 2012.
I’ll give them credit for making me forget.