Remember where Harry Houdini and Mary Pickford stopped for a drink after his grand stunt at the Egyptian Theatre? Strange as it sounded, it was a real prohibition-era bar.
Built originally as a movie screening room by D.W. Griffith, The Jail Cafe was a restaurant and speakeasy designed like a prison – complete with watchtower, jail cells and uniformed waiters. The 1920s saw the rise of strangely themed restaurants and bars, a tradition that continues today in Hollywood.
These days the venue is called El Cid, and it's a Spanish restaurant with live flamenco. All the magic of the original building is still there: its steep hillside steps, uneven brick patio, and cozy interior. If you're ever in Los Angeles, go check it out and try some paella; it's on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.