Downtown Springfield’s Scotch & Soda boasts a swanky atmosphere reminiscent of a 1920s-style bar.

While working on the concept for Scotch & Soda, Joshua Widner and Andrew Heilman weren’t just looking to create a new bar—they were looking to recreate an old era right along with it. “We wanted to focus on quality cocktails of the pre-prohibition and prohibition era,” Widner says. And of course, they wanted the atmosphere of their new place to match its menu.

But long before the two could start planning interior details, they needed a location. “We actually had a meeting at another bar to go over our plan, and we saw a ‘For Rent’ sign in the window here while we were walking back to our cars,” Widner says. “We were here touring it at 7 a.m. the next day, and we had a key by the end of the week.”

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