As I mentioned before, there are many things to do in Los Angeles to satisfy your craving for midcentiry history. However, it is not the only city on the west coast that still has thriving retro haunts. Instead of going to a place like Madame Tussauds to see history captured in models, you can take a pub crawl through some very historic places who have had literary greats darken their doors on a regular basis.
John’s Grill has been around since 1908. Inside, the interior looks exactly the same as it did back in the day when Dashiell Hammett hung out there. Okay, it is the same except for some memorabilia that is now on display that gives a nod to The Maltese Falcon and old San Francisco. In fact, some first editions are on display here. I wonder if you sat on Mr. Hammett’s stool, a gumshoe novel would start to percolate in your brain. Add it to your list of stops and find out.
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