I’ll be honest, the disappearing kids and creepy government labs in Stranger Things were hard to reconcile with Backdrop’s soft life agenda. What we realised we could use, though, was all the fabulousness of the ‘80s. Hawkins might be a cursed fictional town, but they did get some things right with the retro aesthetic (and, for us, that was inspiration enough).
Since the first season back in 2016, Stranger Things has reminded people what a vibe the 80s was and now, with the fourth season finally out, you're probably hearing a little more Kate Bush than you used to.
You may or may not be inspired to don high-waist jeans and mullets, but you can agree the aesthetic trucks and neon lighting will give your Instagram feed a distinctive pop. So, where do you go to find the 80s in the 21st Century? Here are some of the best retro-themed places in the US right now:
Rooftop Cinema Club
From New York to San Diego, the self-proclaimed Masters of Al Fresco Rooftop Movie Viewing provides everything you need for an unforgettable experience. Here, old meets new as you listen through personal headphones while sitting on deckchairs. For locations and further information, visit their website.
The Goodtime Hotel
For the ultimate getaway here, you want to bring one or two of your favourite people. Room choices are made, depending not only on the room’s decor but also on the view. Down to website design, it’s a pastel haven that embodies the colourful summer that baby boomers couldn't get enough of (and for good reason).
The Hoxton, Downtown LA
As fabulous as the 80s were, relaxing in this decade mainly involved a lot of serenity. This hotel succeeds at capturing that feel even with the Hollywood scene. It has two restaurants and a rooftop pool, ensuring that your room isn't the only place you can really relax. For more, check here.
Deer Mountain Inn
A distinct epitome of the turn of the 20th century, this place has gorgeous country type decor that’s immensely cosy — which probably has something to do with its hilltop location. For lodging and even promo information, check out their website.
For timeless jazz and magical cocktails to go with it, this colourful speakeasy has you covered. And, if you visit during happy hour, you can spend more like it's the 80s, too, getting their classic cocktails for just $10 each. You can see their menu, music line up and more here.
Tacombi - Nolita
A punk bus in a rustic garage space will surely bring out the boho in me, and that's why this Mexican-inspired location is such a dream for me. There are usually many visitors to the relatively quaint space, so it's better to make reservations.
The word ‘boutique hotel’ was coined in the eighth decade of the 20th century, so this place has pretty timeless decor, even after 50 years of operation. It has an intentional classy feel worth lots of appreciation, and I'm sure you'll agree after one visit to their website.