Our spotlight this month is The Backroom Bar located in New York City, USA.
According to their web site:
The Back Room is one of only two speakeasies in New York City that operated during Prohibition and is still in existence today. It is a timeless example of the underbelly of New York past. The original 1920’s speakeasy, known simply as “The Back of Ratner’s,” played host to many theater and movie actors of the “Roaring Twenties,” as well as famous gangsters of the era. These gangsters included Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. They were known to use the space for “business meetings.”
The Back Room and it’s history has been featured in many productions, including, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire, New York Speakeasy Tour” and NYC-TV‘s “Secrets of New York.” It is this rich and authentic history that sets The Back Room apart from other “speakeasies” of today.
Visit The Back Room and use the same hidden entrance that was used 85 years ago. Enjoy a cocktail from a teacup—the way people used to secretly drink during prohibition! The vintage 1920’s décor, period pieces and secret room behind the bookcase, provide the perfect setting for a date, birthday party, film shoot, event, or a casual night with friends. Although the characters may have changed, the energy and ambiance remain constant. You won’t see any gangsters, but you might be a guest at an event for Pearl Jam, Martha Stewart, Paul McCartney, New York Magazine or Robert Plant. (All memorable events recently hosted at The Back Room!) Experience it for yourself. Even though Prohibition is over, the tradition lives on at The Back Room!
Located at 102 Norfolk Street New York NY 10002
The Candlelight Club in London is about as dieselpunk as a club can get.
They describe themselves at their web site as, “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 has a Diesel Era dress code. According to their web site, “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.” To show their seriousness about this, the site has a page of shops that one can purchase Diesel Era clothing.
According to the web site, the club’s location is only available via email when one purchases a ticket.
Visit their web site for more information: http://www.thecandlelightclub.com/
This month we highlight the Art Deco bar “1920’s” in Athens, Greece.
Λασκαράτου 15 & Πολέμη, Άνω Πατήσια ( Κόμης), Athens, Greece
This month we highlight an Art Deco styled restaurant in London, UK: Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Following is from the restaurant’s web site:
Building on the rich history of restaurants at The Savoy, Kaspar’s is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar designed in dazzling Art Deco style. Inspired by the decadence of the Twenties and Thirties, the opulent Art Deco design of Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill truly complements the rich excitement of this all day dining affair.
Cut-glass mirroring and bright brass railings, silver leaf ceiling and chequer-board marble floor frame a central circular bar flanked by Murano glass columns and pendant glass light fittings to crown Kaspar’s theatrical style. Welcome to one of the most exciting restaurant concepts at The Savoy since Kaspar first took his seat at the table.
Formerly the River Restaurant at The Savoy, Kaspar’s outstanding location offers panoramic views of the River Thames and the grand landmarks of London. Seafood specialist and head chef James Pare leads our relaxed but luxurious all day dining style. So kick back to the roar of the twenties at Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Choose from arrays of fresh and smoked fish, oysters, caviar and fresh seafood: delicious slivers of smoked salmon, cured sea bass or fresh rock oysters followed by Dover sole, lobster or sea bream; spatchcock, lamb cutlets or beef. Conclude with clever twists on classic deserts such as Vanilla rice pudding or Gooseberry and Amaretto trifle.
Address: Strand, London WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7420 2111
Hours:7:00 am – 11:00 pm
This month we highlight a twenties era club in Manly, NSW, Australia.
(Following is a description found at The Bride’s Diary)
Inspired by the prohibition era speakeasies of the 1920’s, Harlem on Central is the latest and greatest addition to the manly bar landscape. From the moment you find the discreet, almost secret entrance you will immerse yourself in a bygone era oozing luxury and style.
Drawing strongly from the Harlem Renaissance movement it is a chic late night lounge where the four corners of hip hop meet the style and sophistication of uptown Manhattan. Every fixture and fitting at Harlem on Central has been meticulously selected to create a warm and undeniably opulent atmosphere.
Conceived by Kieran Bailey and Adam Clarke the team behind Manly’s iconic Sugar Lounge and Miss Marley’s, which was recently nominated for Australia’s best small bar in the prestigious bartender magazine awards.
Decanter lights from U.K. designer of the year Lee Broom, more gold surfaces than the Sultan of Brunei and custom made cabinetry where members can purchase their own spirit locker and keep their favourite tipple under lock and key.
Harlem’s relaxed yet knowledgeable bar team serve only the finest spirits complimented by cut crystal glassware and triple frozen ice. They have scoured the globe to find rare, precious and hard to find spirits and liqueurs to tempt even the most discerning of drink aficionados. Award-winning bartender and owner Kieran Bailey has compiled an exquisite cocktail list of twisted classics and in-house creations.
The service style is cool and casual where the only things fresher than the ingredients uesd are the soulful beats, which create the backdrop to this unique experience. The seductive sounds of street soul, new jazz and neo funk will be the canvas on which your evening is painted.
The menu is a cheeky twist on modern soul food with one eye on authenticity and the other on the healthy Northern beaches lifestyle. Vibrant, tasty food that is unpretentious and full of life. Inspired by Cajun, Creole and African American classics our Executive chefs Aurelien Lesage will take you on a sumptuous culinary journey to 110th st and beyond.
Harlem on Central, rethinking drinking and redefining dining!
Shop 4, 9-15 Central Ave, Manly NSW 2095
Open Mon – Sun: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
We’re proud to announce that we’re back for the third year of the International Dieselpunk Day celebration! For those new to our site, our goal is to coordinate with Dieselpunks around the world to host parties, movie viewings, as well as other events to promote the exciting phenomenon of Dieselpunk.
This year in each post we’re going to focus on a different 1920s themed restaurant or nightclub around the world where dieselpunks can go to celebrate International Dieselpunk Day.
Our first entry is about Bathtub Gin in New York, USA.
According to CBS 2: “A new speakeasy behind Stone Street Coffee Shop, Bathtub Gin offers a clandestine scene on the outskirts of the Meatpacking District. Enter the coffee shop and look for a red light above a false wall leading to a ’20s style lounge complete with a clawfoot copper tub and waitresses in flapper garb. The cocktail menu is heavy on gin, such as the Sloe Gin Flip and the Raspberry Gin Fizz, and if you’re hungry, you can also order from a traditional pub food menu.”
132 9th Ave (between 18th St & 19th St),
New York, NY 10011
November 12, 2013 marks the second annual International Dieselpunk Day. What an amazing year it has been since the first! We’ve seen a several new dieselpunk movies released to the theaters, several new dieselpunk CDs released and a growing recognition of the genre in media. More and more Art Deco societies and Swing dance clubs are appearing in cities around the world. Fashion from the 20s – 40s have gained popularity. Dieselpunk has brought sophistication to adult entertainment as Burlesque continues to gain popularity. This and so much more!
Let’s celebrate our fantastic genre as we look forward to another great year!