Past Perfect

Go back in time with these 23 retro secrets.

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e’re all for living in the present. Sure, our country is dysfunctional and we’re all just trying to make it, but, hey, the sun comes up most mornings, and the world is a good place. Then again, it doesn’t hurt to step back in time once in a while. And this most historic of cities has more than its share of retro haunts and happenings. There’s retro fashion, retro music—these days, even retro gaming, in which throwbacks such as the Atari 2600, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy games and consoles are back in vogue. We’ll tell you where to find photo booths, pinball, ’80s and ’90s nights, straight-razor shaves, old-fashioned diners, Ms. Pac Man, toys and candy from your childhood, and more. Truth be told, hitting up an ’80s night may be a blast, but the reason it’s so funny is that it reminds you of how bad the music and the fashion really were. So go retro with us: It will make you appreciate the ’10s all that much more.

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A martini bar that will take you back to the ’90s
 

2


A bar where you can still play Ms. Pac Man
 

3


Get beaten with sticks at an old-school steam bath.
 

4


Where guys can get an old-school, straight-razor shave
 

5


A family-run shop that still makes its own sausage
 

6


Revisit your childhood at this tiny toy store
 

7


A vintage shop with retro clothes for men
 

8


Old-fashioned ice cream in up-to-date flavors
 

9


An ice-cream stand that will take you back
 

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Chocolate-covered bacon, and other comfort fare
 

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A retro diner with ice-cream treats (if you’re good)
 

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A restaurant that’s an homage to sexy pinup girls and leading ladies
 

13


A record store where vinyl is still king
 

14


A hidden haven where the hip go bowling
 

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A retro restaurant that’s as friendly as they come
 

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A retro diner that will take you back in time
 

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A hip café where you’ll find a vintage photo booth
 

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A retro café that will take you back to the days of ice cream sodas and lime Rickeys
 

19


A Rat Pack throwback that’s a homage to Sinatra
 

20


Have some pop-culture fun with your breakfast.
 

21


A retro basement bar and restaurant with killer cocktails
 

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A wine bar with a romantic retro secret
 

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