A look at the history of the two bars that serve as primary locations in the 1960 showbiz noir SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.

I LOVE THIS DIRTY TOWN

Much of the film’s action takes place in two locations. One, like many iconic spots of the city’s middle of the century, is now a Duane Reade. The other soldiers on, one of the last of these places still standing in a city that always moves forward. Sidney Falco throws himself into the sweaty, drunken crowd of the rowdy night spot Toots Shor’s while JJ, impeccably dressed, holds court like a king with contempt for his subjects in the estimable 21 Club.


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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