The problem with going to most dimly lit locals' South Beach watering holes is that, for three days afterwards, people will walk up to you, take a sniff, and say, “So, long night at The Deuce?” To avoid this telltale aroma, here comes the 1930 Social Club, the Lucali team’s totally hidden, still dimly lit, clean-aired locals’ spot with craft beers, low-production wines, board games, and old movies.
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To get in, find the black door on the left of Lucali, right before you get to the kitchen. Once inside, the décor is all Prohibition-y, as are the newspaper-covered doors and super-low light that keep this secret club invisible from the fuzz, SEE??
No frills! The '30s hated frills. Belly up to the bar -- made from the roof of the original Lucali in Brooklyn -- order a drink, and watch a vintage silent movie on the very not-1930s flat screen.
After mastering pizza, the Lucali peeps have moved on to its best friend beer (well, ordering it) with a rotating selection of 10 crafts on draft.
There's another dozen in bottles and cans that they'll happily bring you in a glass.
Once inside, you can play cards, dominoes, or dice, or go a little more modern with original versions of classic board games.
The waitress’ll gladly bring you either low-production Italian wines or hard stuff like their takes on the Old Fashioned, Brooklyn Shandy, and Manhattan -- but don’t ask her for a pizza, you've gotta go back through the secret door to Lucali for those. But that's cool, it smells even better over there.