October 12 2011
Kettner’s is well versed in the art of reinvention: a Soho stalwart since 1867, the legendary brasserie and champagne bar is now firmly up to date following a glamorous Ilse Crawford makeover in 2008.
But from today, Kettner’s is taking a step back to the 1920s in association with Irish whiskey brand Jameson to host a two-week cinematic speakeasy. Celebrating the launch of the British Film Festival, the Jameson Apartment will take over one of Kettner’s private rooms, which was fittingly inspired by a French film director’s lair, replete with casting couches, wood-panelled walls and a bespoke drinks cabinet. Each night will feature a different theme, from cocktail masterclasses and film premieres to film-inspired quizzes, as well as vintage tunes and classic speakeasy-style cocktails, specially created by Jameson mixologist Ed McAvoy.
The pop-up is accessed via a “secret” door on Greek Street, and in authentic Prohibition style, visitors will need to give a password – published each day on the website – to gain entry.