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CellarDoor

Zero Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN, England
020 7240 8848
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Ranked #48 of 1,162 nightlife in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Owner description: Once the West End's most salubrious cottage, supposedly the haunt of Wilde, Orton, Gielgud & Crisp, CellarDoor is now London's cult cabaret bar,... more » Owner description: Once the West End's most salubrious cottage, supposedly the haunt of Wilde, Orton, Gielgud & Crisp, CellarDoor is now London's cult cabaret bar, secreted beneath the Aldwych in a space just big enough for cats (both feline and human) to swing. We're open until 1AM seven nights a week with free acts from 9PM each evening including drag queens, femme fatales, magicians, crooners, burlesque beauties & more. « less
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Thousand Oaks, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I've been coming here whenever I visit London for the past four years. Needless to say, I absolutely adore this place. It's what introduced me to cocktails when I was nineteen and it's very, very hard to go wrong with a drink here. It is quite expensive and also very small, but the drinks are cheaper if you arrive before... More

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Hoddesdon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Great quirky bar worth a visit. Good selection of drinks, cocktails are expensive even for London. It is very small as you would expect so seating is at a premium. Good experience however was completely let down by the rude bar staff

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Fife
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We arrived just before 8pm as we had paid for guaranteed entry, however this wasnt necessary as it wasnt particularly busy. It went in waves as Hen parties arrived/left. Staff were lovely, cocktails were good and plenty of free popcorn. The drag-act DJ was fun (although should probably save up for a better quality wig) but he/she had a great... More

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Dover, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Spent two nights here and loved it! Lovely venue, very small so much better for couples or small groups. It is also very discrete so it's nice and private. Staff were amazing. Drinks were priced well and the cocktails were to die for! The acts were brilliant!! I am a massive fan of burlesque and loved it! It is free... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We went especially to see the magic show. The bar itself is great and has a great atmosphere with nice people. However the magician never showed up! I asked the waitress and she wasn't apologetic or helpful. The bar man had no idea either. None of the staff seemed to care or know how to deal with my questions. I... More

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MelmothLondon, Owner at CellarDoor, responded to this review

I am sorry as this was my fault. Dr Jon has not had a holiday in 2 years and told me he was away last Sunday. I did tentatively arrange to have our tarot reader (who will be working with Dr Jon every Sunday from September) stand in but forgot to confirm the booking. Thus your disappointment was down to... More

Stirling, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We came especially as we'd read good reviews about the place. It's situated on the site of old toilets and is access down a small set of stairs - address being 0 Aldwych. An extensive menu of cocktails about a tenner each (non alcoholic) a fiver each. Service charge included. A huge choice of drinks, I don't know how they... More

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just so unique. Nowhere like it. Full of history. Great cocktails and always top fun cabaret / Burlesque.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We found this sat outside The Wellington next to the Lyceum Theatre as we were looking for somewhere else to go. A converted mens toilet so down steps off the pavement. What a gem!Fantastic cocktails and great pianist. A very small friendly bar.Not sure about the very passionate couples in the bar...think they were props?

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

IF performers who are listed to appear actually turn up then the evening will be brilliant, provided you like the act(s) .. but Cellar Door has some mis-leading adveritising on their website. It refers to some performers who are either retired or rarely book at the venue. Events can sometimes be cancelled at short notice, possibly if insufficient tickets are... More

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MelmothLondon, Owner at CellarDoor, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, in betwixt the unfair and rather cruel comments. To set the record straight when an event is cancelled we take it off the website completely, whilst when they are sold out we list them as SOLD OUT - see for example the next two Saturdays where there is no Burlesque Lesson on the first... More

London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had a fantastic time here, arriving at ~9 and leaving at closing. The DJ was great and the Burlesque act was brief but up close and very enjoyable. This is not your usual venue, imagine a club that's like those gardens in a glass bottle? A whole club compressed into a space smaller than most people's bathroom (ok, a... More

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