Any cocktail lounge providing live entertainment is top notch in my book. But back in the day, the definition of a lounge act was rather loose.
Piano bars were fairly common but organ bars less so. This one features Miss Diane commanding the center of attention in a sunken circular lounge at the Yosemite Lanes bowling center in Modesto, California. Apparently there was also a separate dining room “featuring Coleman Perry’s Gracious Dining.” In the 1950s and 1960s, bowling centers were popular entertainment hubs for entire families where mom and pop could drink and dine while the kids scored strikes and spares. Or vice versa, I suppose.
In the swinging 60s, the Vegas Showroom at the Playgirl Club in Garden Grove, California (1½ miles south of Disneyland, no less) had Go-Go girls dancing behind the bar under a dome designed to accommodate their seriously big hair. Oddly, this being the Playgirl Club, why weren’t Go-Go boys showcased instead? In the background is the band and cast of the club’s floorshow.
At the Fresno Hacienda a back bar of transparent glass provided a window into the goings on at the hotel’s swimming pool. Here we see a “ballet routine in the famous Mermaid Room cocktail lounge.” In my experience, however, the show in these glass-walled pools consists not of ballet routines but of skinny white legs thrashing about in bathing suits. Not that entertaining.