On the feast of St Valentine, young men's and women's thoughts tend towards sipping pink Champagne and gazing into each other's eyes over the low-lit murmur of a fancy restaurant. Unless you're a Prohibition-era gangster, in which case you're reminded that on this day in 1929 a mobster crew in Chicago, some disguised as police officers, caught up with seven members of the rival North Side Gang and shot them all in the back. The killers were never caught but were almost certainly sent by bootlegger Al Capone, most notorious of the city's gangsters.
So this time the Candlelight Club will see red, caught in the crossfire between hot lead and Cupid's darts—Guys and Dolls, gangsters and molls. Guns n' Roses. The cocktails will evoke raging emotions and bitter-sweet romance. The tables will be scattered with rose petals and spent machine-gun cartridge cases.
From France, world capital of love, there will be live 1920s swing music from Gallic smoothie Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra for your dancing pleasure, plus vintage DJing, and a shoulder to cry on, courtesy of Auntie Maureen.
Our kitchens will be open all night, serving a bistro-style à la carte menu.
Our friends at Zalando, the UK's largest online wardrobe, are offering a £50 voucher per night as a prize for the best-dressed guest. Check out some of their vintage-inspired wares here.
To make it an extra special night, why not treat yourself to a professional vintage styling session in your home with Lipstick & Curls? They are offering Candlelight Club customers a 10% discount on their "Takeaway" mobile beauty parlour. Click here for more information. To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SW4 gin, Aperol, cherry purée, red wine reduction
A blood-red celebration of life and passion
Bonnie Parker's Kiss
Prosecco, white chocolate syrup, floral bitters
Bonnie and Clyde—was there ever a more reckless, doomed romance?
Crime of Passion
Bourbon, passion fruit purée, yellow Chartreuse, tarragon and vanilla syrup. He was her man and he done her wrong: in some places this excuse will get you off a murder rap. But better to play it safe and start a new life somewhere exotic…
Absinthe, lemon sherbet, clove bitters, soda water
Lose yourself in the exquisite beauty of loss. Served with a Love Heart garnish
South Side Revived
Golden rum, mint, lime juice, Love Potion No.5, soda
Chicago's South Side mob allegedly used to drink their gin with mint, lime juice, sugar and soda. This twist uses rum instead, plus our mixologist's mysterious Love Potion No.5. Can you guess what it is..?