Supper Club's are a unique dining experience with their origins reaching back to the 1920s. Today they have swept across global dining scenes | Source: Architectural Digest

Around the World in Supper Club’s: The Best of Mid-Century Dining

What happens when novelty migrates to subculture?

With its roots in the Prohibition era, the Midwestern supper club has gone through many revolutions. Gaining notoriety in the United States, supper clubs began as roadhouses set on the outskirts of California that served family-style meals and alcohol during the prohibition.

Today, the 1920s dining experience is taking the world by storm. The distinctive dim-lit marble floors, antique furnishings and linen napkins are seen from a mile away; you’re no longer eating in 2022.

Instead find yourself seated on plush leather seats and treated to relish trays of crackers, carrots, cold-cut meats and most importantly, a stiff Brandy-old fashioned in hand.

From Justin Timberlake’s Nashville Twelve Thirty Club to Bar Bambi in the heart of Melbourne, below are some of the world’s best supper clubs making their modern-day comeback.

Alex Cooper’s Underground Supper Club in London

A graduate chef of Le Cordon Bleu School, Alex Cooper has crafted one of London’s most unique dining experiences. Set inside a decommissioned London tube carriage in the Walthamstow junkyard this immersive dining experience promises a supper club like no other.

Held every month, this supper club features a revolving door of established chefs and a six-course tasting menu that ranges from chorizo empanadas to beef short ribs with chipotle.

The repurposed London tube is a dining experience like you’ve never seen | Source: DesignMyNight

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in New York

Take a seat inside 1920’s New York in this supper club on Broadway. Featuring smooth jazz, crystal chandeliers and a limited seating capacity of 50 people, this club is an exclusive taste of retro New York. The Southern Inspired menu includes shrimp cocktails and smoke dipped steak sandwiches, put together by renowned chef Patricia Williams.

Smokejazz is an intimate supper club with limited capacity and boundless options for music and food. | Source: Smokejazz

Mama Lion in Los Angeles

Found in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles, Mama Lion is an Avante-Garde dining experience. The decor combines the aesthetic of traditional supper clubs, mixed with modern-day luxury finishings.

At the door, you will be met by a suited host and taken to your table. An all-encompassing menu offers everything from clam chowder with rustic potatoes, to grilled skirt steak served with avocado butter. The drinks list pays homage to the venue’s origin with an extensive list of single malt scotches to classic dark n’ stormy cocktails’ and everything in between.

The chic furnishings and old-style interiors culminate in a unique supper club and dining experience. | Source: Eater LA.

Vivid Supper Club in Sydney

Despite the insatiable appetite for supper club’s across the world, the trend is yet to take off in Australia. A slew of pop-ups has begun, however, including Vivid’s Supper Club in Sydney. The underground restaurant will be reconstituted into a cabaret club and feature a range of jazz, burlesque and comedy acts, led by performer Trevor Ashley.

Headlined by the likes of Mahalia Barnes, Tim Freedman and Emma Pask, this ticketed event runs from Friday, 27 May until Saturday, 18 June.

Mary’s Underground in Sydney will be transformed into a pop-up supper club in the coming months. | Source: Concrete Playground.

Bar Bambi in Melbourne

A fusion of a New York speak-easy and Midcentury supper clubs, Bar Bambi opened its doors in 2021 and has since set a high standard for late-night dining in Melbourne. With the work of Eve nightclub co-owner Nick Russian, wife Rozalia Russian and brother Daniel Russian, this supper club is the epitome of old-world sophistication.

The exclusive restaurant is featured by its incredible interior decor, including low-lit chandeliers, a green marble bar and an all-night flowing negroni fountain.

The pink neon sign is a taste of the retro-luxury interiors that await you in Bar Bambi. | Source: Courtesy of Mark Roper.

Justin Timberlake’s Twelve Thirty Club in Nashville

The three-storey Nashville club is named Honky Tonk and repurposed as a supper club by Grammy-winner Justin Timberlake and restaurateur Sam Fox.

The traditional Midwestern menu is complete with sweet cream cornbread, French onion soup and crispy squash. Self-described as “dapper-as-hell”, the Nashville Supper Club holds captivating decor and intimate music events, culminating in a decadent dining experience.

The one of a kind dining experience is located on one of three levels of the Twelve Thirty Club in Nashville. | Source: Dezeen.

The VIG Supper Club in Chicago

Set in Old Town Chicago, the VIG is a 1950s sports theme bar. Owner Ryan Marks is intent on a refined menu, with each item holding no more than six ingredients. The extensive drinks list includes over 110 whiskeys and weekend brunch features fried chicken and champagne.

Marks has aimed to add a dash of elegance to Sunday football games.

A sports bar like you’ve never seen before; fused with old-world glamour and elegance. | Source: The VIG Chicago.

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