Come in, before someone sees you
The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up cocktail bar in a secret London venue, a stunning, tucked-away den with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, completely lit by candles. Each party offers a one-off cocktail menu, with special themes, plus dancing to live 1920s jazz bands and vintage DJing.
"The Candlelight Club really is the closest you'll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold." —Time Out
"Pull on a flapper dress and have a decadent night out at The Candlelight Club" —Grazia
"Speakeasies may be everywhere, but there's no bandwagon-jumping here. This is a sincere recreation, not to mention a really fun evening. Proper drinks too." —Imbibe
"The Candlelight Club—dope" —DJ Yoda
Our next event…
Friday 28th &
Saturday 29th November
SATURDAY SOLD OUT!
When Prohibition hit the US many top bartenders went overseas, some of them winding up in the French capital, bringing American jazz and cocktail culture to mingle with European Bohemianism. Harry MacElhone founded Harry's New York Bar on rue Daunou, where he invented such classic drinks as the White Lady, the Bloody Mary and possibly the French 75 and the Sidecar. Harry's Bar was a haunt for ex-pat Americans such as Ernest Hemingway and his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald, also escaping Prohibition—a world evoked in the 2011 Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris.
The city was a crucible for the era's avant garde—American-born dancer Josephine Baker, whom Hemingway called "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw", found its citizens more willing to accept her daring style: at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées she was an instant success performing virtually nude. Her Danse sauvage was executed in a skirt made of bananas. She later acquired a pet cheetah who would occasionally escape into the orchestra pit and terrorise the musicians. (Josephine also starred in a few movies, some of which we'll be projecting at the party.)
Tamara de Lempicka meanwhile was painting the rich and Bohemian in her famous "soft cubist" style. And in 1925 the city hosted the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs—which gave birth to the term "Art Deco".
To celebrate all this artistic activity, we'll be having a tablecloth painting competition at our party—crayons and felt tips will be provided.
To get your toes tapping we have live gypsy jazz—a style popular in Paris in the 1920s—from Café Manouche on Friday and Swingatto on Saturday. Dropping crucial vintage shellac all night will be vintage DJ Auntie Maureen.
To make it an extra special night, why not treat yourself to a professional vintage styling session in your home with Lipstick & Curls? They areoffering Candlelight Club customers a 10% discount on their "Takeaway" mobile beauty parlour (a revival of a type of service popular in the 1940s). Click here for more information. To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our dinner menu will have a classic French bistro twist.
Brandy, triple sec, lemon juice
Wildly popular in 1920s France, it allegedly takes it name from the captain who was driven in a motorcycle sidecar to the bar where he liked to drink it—possibly Harry MacElhone’s ‘Harry’s New York Bar’ in Paris
Gin, absinthe, grenadine, orange juice
Also invented at Harry’s Bar, this is named after a faddish 1920s surgical procedure by Dr Serge Voronoff to boost virility. It’s much nicer than that makes it sound, though we make no promises for its effects…
Sparkling wine, gin, sugar, lemon juice
Said to hit with the power of the First World War French 75mm howitzer. Both the drink and the gun were highly popular with the Americans who came into contact with them
An American in Paris
Gin, Cocchi Americano, Noilly Prat vermouth, lemon juice, gomme syrup, soda water
Our own creation, this mixture of sweet and spicy aperitifs is guaranteed to put a spring in your step
St Germain elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc, pink grapefruit juice, gomme, soda
St Germain is the Latin quarter of Paris, a haunt of artists and intellectuals, but here it gives its name to an elderflower nectar. Lillet are another venerable vermouth house, and their Lillet Blanc is a rich wine flavoured with oranges
BUY TICKETS for FRIDAY 28th November:
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More special offers for Candlelight Club customers…
◆ Stuck for an outfit to wear? Angels, the country's oldest and largest costume supplier, is offering Candlelight Club customers a 15% discount on rental at the Shaftesbury Avenue store or on purchases both in store and online. To claim your discount use the code CANDLE14.
◆ And if you're going to party like a movie star, why not travel like one? We've teamed up with Uber to bring you £20 off a ride in a chauffeur-driven car. Standard uberX cars are typically 30–50% cheaper than a black cab, and you can choose a luxury car if you want to travel in real style. Click here to learn more and download the app. First-time users get a one-time £20 discount by entering the promo code CANDLELIGHT14.