L.A.'s dining and nightlife have always attracted the fashionable set, though the fashions have changed considerably over the years. If you're missing "Mad Men" now that the first half of the last season has ended, these midcentury photos of L.A. restaurants might help ease the pain. From their killer decor to the evening gowns, furs and fabulous hats they attracted, these hot spots had definite style.
The entrance to cocktail lounge the Del Mar Club forced well-dressed patrons to walk "the gangplank." Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
The Moongate Korean restaurant, shown here the year it opened, featured some killer decor. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
Stylishly dressed customers line the bar at Stuff's Club in 1945. The dapper gentleman third from the right is the owner, Julius "Stuff" Crouch. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
A night at the Cave Club in 1959 was an occasion for tuxedos and cocktail dresses. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
The outgoing and incumbent presidents of the San Fernando Professional Women's Club are pictured in the nautically themed Fin and Feather restaurant in 1964. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
The Scandia restaurant on the Sunset Strip played host to this array of furs and hairstyles in 1962. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
If only the owners of Little Joe's, shown here circa 1960, had any idea what the midcentury chairs in their downstairs dining room would be worth one day. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.
In 1953, the expensive and stylish Perino's played host to a charity fashion show of ballgowns complete with matching gloves. Image courtesy LAPL Photo Collection.