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Prohibition Paris
Friday 28 November
Saturday 29 November


With the banning of alcohol in the US, many top bartenders left the country to find work. Some landed in Paris bringing American cocktails and jazz to mingle with European bohemia. Famous US drinkers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald drifted here too, along with scandalous dancer Josephine Baker who found the French more accepting than her countrymen. Live music will come from Café Manouche on Friday and Swingatto on Saturday, playing the gypsy jazz style popular in Paris in the 1920s. To celebrate the city's famous connection with art, we will see the return of our famous Tablecloth Painting Competition, with a prize for the finest artwork (crayons and felt tips will be provided)

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday 12 December
Saturday 13 December

Like a lot of folk in the 1920s, we're not about to let Prohibition spoil Christmas! So we'll be celebrating the season of goodwill by candlelight at a secret party where the jingling of sleigh bells will mingle with the clinking of cocktail glasses, where for one night the cop and the gangster will lay down their Tommy guns and share a toast, where the Prohibition Agent holds back from smashing that barrel of whisky and the corrupt politician, his heart softened by that third Martini, decides to donate this month's kickback to the orphanage. Live music will come from Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra on Friday and the Original Rabbit's Foot Spasm Band on Saturday

New Year's Eve!
Wednesday 31st December
Come and see out the old year in Jazz Age style! Live swing and ragtime from the Dixie Ticklers! Open till 2am!

If you buy a ticket but later find you can't come, you are welcome to transfer it to someone else—just let us know the change of name. We may alternatively be able to transfer you to a different date up to an equivalent value, if we are able to resell your original ticket, but please note that we cannot offer cash refunds

Doors open 7pm and we throw you out at midnight

The Candlelight Club is held at a secret location. Ticket holders will receive an email a couple of days before the event giving exact directions, the password, which cops have been bribed, etc.

If you don't get this email, first CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER, then contact us (in good time), either by email or on 07768 628788, because customers do sometimes misspell their email addresses when they buy tickets.


Most of the tables in the venue are freely available on a first come, first served basis. However, seating is not unlimited so if you wish to reserve a table you may do so for a supplemental charge. A small table costs £65 (on top of your ticket price), includes a bottle of the house Champagne and can seat up to five people. A large table is £130, includes two bottles of house Champagne and can seat up to ten people. At the Excelsior Club events there are also two-person tables for £40, which includes two glasses of Champagne. Only one person in a group needs to reserve a table. You'll see the option to reserve a table on the billing page of the booking process,but it is also possible to reserve a table after you have already bought a ticket. If you have any queries, or special requests such as flowers or a cake, please email reservations@

1920s dandies and flappers, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know. Evening wear or jackets and ties for gents. No T-shirts, jeans or trainers. Hen parties very welcome but, please, no L-plates or phallic objects

Please note that the Candlelight Club is lit entirely by candles. It looks lovely but be aware that naked flames can be dangerous if not respected, and that candle wax can be a bugger to get out of clothes. Customers enter at their own risk.

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You can come just for drinks and dancing but our kitchens are also open all night offering à la carte dining. The menu varies with the theme of the event but you can view a sample menu here.

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the Green Fairy?

fgThere is much myth and mystique surrounding absinthe, the "forbidden drink". Where better to learn the truth for yourself than the Candlelight Club? We offer two first-rate modern absinthes, Butterfly, made to a 1902 Boston recipe, and sfgLa Clandestine, a colourless nectar from Switzer-land, absinthe's birthplace. They appear in our cocktails but you can also try them served in the traditional way, simply diluted to taste by trickling water from a glass fountain. If you'd like it sweeter, drip the water through a sugar lump on the flat "absinthe spoon" provided.


Gin lore and wormwood nerdiness courtesy of the Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation



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…

Prohibition Paris
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November


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FitzgeraldsWhen 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 Harrys BarFitzgerald, 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

Our dinner menu will have a classic French bistro twist.

Cocktail Menu

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

Monkey Gland
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…

French 75
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, Amer Picon, 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

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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.