Meyers Ace Hardware/Sunset Café
  • The most unlikely spot for jazz buffs is Meyers Ace Hardware store in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Housed in a 1909 structure built as an auto garage, in 1921 this site was converted to the legendary Sunset Café jazz club, once owned by Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) himself. The Sunset Café was a hotbed for the swinging genre. Imagine Louis Armstrong blowing his trumpet over by the socket wrenches, or Earl Hines hammering the piano, down in the plunger aisle. And that was just the house band. All the greats gigged here, black and white alike. Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey and Bix Beiderbecke all launched their careers at the Sunset. Now a hardware store, visitors from around the world still drop by to see the originally stage.
    General Facility Details
    • Hours of Operation: M-Sa: 9am-6pm, Su: 11am-2pm