Clubs have been around since music gave us a reason to get together and throw some shapes on the dancefloor. The technology may have changed, the cocktails may be slightly different but the basics are exactly the same. A decent club needs great music, a great venue and a really great crowd to succeed. Check out these super clubs from the past, you’ll see they are not too far from the clubs you visit these days.
Kit Kat Club, London 1920’s
In the 1920’s the first super club evolved, bringing music and dancing to London. The Kit Cat Club was the place to be in the capital. It was innovative and very cool for it’s time. It attracted the hoi polloi, politicians and entertainers performed here from all over the world. Think of gold leaf and royal blue decor, supper tables in rows, a sweeping staircase down to the dancefloor and the crowd dressed in glamorous beaded dresses or tuxedos. The music was a big part of the club, with a resident orchestra belting out the top tunes of the era. The club really got busy after the theatres closed and there was always a buzz. The champagne flowed as the night kicked off and the atmosphere was amazing. It may have been nearly one hundred years ago but the Kit Kat Club showed how Londoners liked to party.
The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Liverpool was the birthplace of the Beatles and the Cavern was the club that launched them. set, obviously in a cavern like building, intimate and small, the Cavern Club had exquisite acoustics and became the place to see new bands. Initially it attracted jazz influenced groups but skiffle was welcomed. The Merseybeat sound proved popular not only in England but also around the world. Of course, on 9th February, 1961, a very cool looking and sounding band first played at the Cavern Club and history was made. The Beatles was the regular house band and it goes without saying, they didn’t do too badly from that start. The Cavern also nurtured other groups/acts that also took the world by storm. It was the place to watch Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J Kramer. It’s still possible to witness a piece of Cavern magic as the club is still open for business.
Studio 54, New York
It was during the 1970’s that Studio 54 made a splash on the clubbing scene. This style of club had not been seen before. The key to it’s place in history was the antics of it’s customers. All the bright young things were to be found at Studio 24. What did it matter if Jade Jagger decided to ride a white horse through the club on her 30th birthday? The club wanted the famous clientele to return to his club so he made sure that they were treated like royalty when they came to the club. It was not unusual for the owner to make sure that the clubbers were presented with gifts and endless champagne. The club attracted all the superstars of the era. No one would think twice about spotting Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson or Woody Allen. The guests were glamorous and beautiful – the owner personally manned the doors, making sure that only the beautiful were allowed in his club. Studio 54 raised the bar for crazy nights and exclusivity that has never been matched since.
Cafe de Paris
This London stalwart has occupied a prime space in London since 1924 and it only gets better with age. If your idea of a club from the 1920’s included chandeliers, velvet curtains, a ballroom and a sweeping staircase then you are right. Cafe de Paris has kept all of the decor and feel of the original club but brought it up to date. This is the place to celeb spot, the place to catch a live band, the place to watch vintage burlesque acts and the place to have an unforgettable evening. The dress code remains as it always was – put your glad rags on and dress to impress.