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Cat's Meow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1950s
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Cat's Meow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1950s Cat's Meow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1950s

Cat's Meow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1950s


Nightlife in the late 1950s in the coastal city of Fort Lauderdale in South Florida sounds like it was a lot of fun. 

Cool cats – the slang term for men commonly associated with jazz music – were urged to grab their kittens and come on down to The Cat’s Meow to ‘make the scene.’ 

The colorful menu cover shows a nattily dressed cat and his partner ready for a purrrrfect evening. 

On the interior menu, the host (called Felix, of course) casts a languid eye over the proceedings and also seems to be chatting up a glamorous puss as she drinks a cocktail. 

This Cat’s Meow went out of business in the 1970s and was replaced by another that became a private members club and offered risqué entertainment. Police raided the place several times and it eventually closed in the 1980s. 

Courtesy Private Collection.

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