Sunday, 21 July 2013

I know a whoopee spot Where the gin is cold But the piano's hot! It's just a noisy hall Where there's a nightly brawl And all that jazz

So for yet another evening I stepped back in time to the 1920's or 30's or 40's  according to the range of clothing on display.
Last night I ventured to the Black Cotton Club as hosted by the Bar Volupte. It is supposedly famous for it's burlesque but we were only there for the dancing part of the evenng.
The bar itself is tucked away in what would seem to be a primarily non residential part of Holborn.
The Bar itself is fairly small intimate venue. It has an extensive cocktail menu and downstaris is the dance floor where DJ's spin proper vinyl from and not knowing the music Id say a mix of 20 and 30's.
The people on the dance floor were mostly dressed up but it was a little weird to see a guy in shorts and a tee shirt showing off very good swing dancing moves . I think it was because he looked out of context but his dancing was very much in the venues context.
The venue was very hot, whether this was just due to the weather or its always like that with everyone crowded into the basement I couldn't tell. The place wasnt as full as I thought it would be. This wasnt a bad thing as the style and quality of dancing required a lot of room.
The vene did feel very 1920's and even the venues photographer was shooting with what looked like a 16 mm camera
In some ways you could have been on a film set.
There hints of the rooms other use as a burlesque house, a piano in a corner , a shoe in a display case, vintage erotic wallpaper in the bar upstairs.
It was well worth the visit and was a fun evening. 

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