" Like a good ceviche, the performances are piquant and in the raw. "
As in the bars of prohibition America, Sheekey Speakeasies combine dinner with a great night of entertainment.
Curated by me, Hardeep Singh Kohli, the finest in improvisation, music and comedy is staged behind the horseshoe-shaped bar and punctuated between acts by the freshest fish and seafood.
We are currently picking the best acts for a new season of late night Speakeasies on Thursday nights which will commence in October.
" Anyone attending should expect the unexpected. That, and braised octopus. "Hardeep Singh Kohli
Please note - acts may be subject to change
To book, call 020 7240 2565(9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Credit card payment must be given on booking.)
“Fornication!” shouted Carmen Callil from the audience. Not exactly what you’d expect from the founder of the feminist Virago Press. A score of us, including Callil and the actor Douglas Henshall, were in the oyster bar of J Sheekey’s restaurant for a new venture called Speakeasies, where you can savour seafood as well as comedy or a music show. The first one involved a group of actors and singers who kicked off by asking the audience for names for the themes, setting and characters. Hence: we got Fornication! The Musical, set in Berlin in the 1930s.The Sunday Times read more
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about two things for the past six days: the best crab roll I’ve ever tasted and the image of comedienne Pippa Evans dressed as a man, seductively crooning 1920’s Vaudeville style to an innocent waitress who’s turning cayenne pepper-red at the bar. The unofficial “Sheekey Song” by Evans herself seems to sum up the night perfectly, ‘so cheeky, J. Sheekey, it’s divine.’AT Culture Magazine read more
I felt the evening had a wonderful rhythm to it, and not just in terms of the performers. Each time the act shimmied off ‘stage’, the next delightful course was served. The seasonal menu on offer that evening included dishes such as West Mersea pearl oysters, razor clams with chorizo and padron peppers, shrimp and scallop burgers (life changing!) and sauteed octopus with datterini capers and lemon dressingLDNISTA read more
What a delightfully unusual evening! Laughter rippled around the three sided-bar like a Mexican wave; I was in my element and even my chap was laughing his head off in spite of himself. The cast are rightfully receiving critical acclaim for their vast knowledge of musicals and the ability to deliver off-the-cuff, clever, and downright hilarious lyrics around a myriad of random topics.Vintage guide to London read more
Every second Sunday in the month, J Sheekey Oyster Bar in the West End suddenly transforms into a soupçon of vaudeville. For three hours, both at lunchtime and evening, the bar area becomes the smallest and most intimate stage on earth, with a selection of marvellous acts ranging from singing comedians, a drag act and a mind reader.City Coeliac read more
J Sheekey Oyster Bar is open all day, everydaymonday - saturday: 12 noon - 12 midnight sunday: 12 noon - 11pm
Each Speakeasy kicks off with a Ketel One cocktail with Sheekey’s bar team concocting a different libation each week
West Mersea Pearls
shrimp toasts, goujons, mozzarella & tomato
Queenie Scallop Ceviche
Asparagus & Brown Shrimps with Soft Boiled Egg
KETEL ONE vodka is a sophisticated and crisp, wheat-based, super-premium blend crafted from small batches, using copper pot stills as a part of the process. The original coal-fired pot still, Pot Still Number 1, otherwise known as “Distilleerketel # 1”, is the inspiration for the name of this fantastic Dutch vodka. www.ketelone.com
33-34 St. Martin's Court,
London WC2N 4AL
020 7240 2565
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