You see an awning as you approach the club, black with big curvy white lettering - Showmans Since 1942. Above it a sign with the name underlined by a cane with a top hat and bubbly champagne glass afloat below it. Think: good times...class.
Open the first door and through the looking glass you see an inner sanctum of soul, long bar stretching, relaxed folk sitting and standing, the bar astriding about 75% of the tiny club’s length.
Then, when you enter through the second door, time shifts; a sense of pure comfort descends, washing the blues away. Over the bar photos of a pantheon glow: Sarah Vaughan, comedian Timmy Rogers, Lionel Hampton, Pearl Bailey, Eartha Kitt, Duke Ellington. Mirrors strategically placed throughout the club give the illusion of a larger size.