Carlyle Club – Alexandria’s Art Deco Marvel:
The Place to Be on New Year’s Eve or Anytime

The best New Year’s Eve festivities call for glamorous settings where big bands play swing songs to well-dressed crowds that love to dance and celebrate with style. Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians once dominated the holiday scene. New York’s Rainbow Room until its closure in 2009 was a popular venue. Fortunately, revelers in Alexandria and the Washington area have a beautiful setting where they can ring in 2013.

The Carlyle Club, a stone’s throw from Old Town Alexandria and a short Metro ride from D.C. just observed its fifth anniversary and, during that time, has delighted residents and visitors with its Art Deco decor and entertainers. Year round, the club hosts other musical events as well as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, and corporate luncheons.

On New Year’s Eve, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palm Orchestra will play for what is expected to be a sold out black tie crowd. Scantlin once entertained patrons at the Rainbow Room so for those missing that Manhattan landmark, celebrating at the Carlyle Club will help to fill that cultural void.

The Carlyle Club was the dream of the husband-wife team, Brennan and Sharon Reilly who felt that a place was sorely needed where people could enjoy both fine food and great entertainment. “We offer a wide range of music,” says Kelsi Nicole DuChene, the club’s director of marketing. “When you walk in you expect live, big band 1930s music, great for swing dancing, romantic evenings out. We’ve done everything from Glen Miller Orchestra, a lot of jazz and R&B.” Regularly on the schedule are tributes to well known musical groups like the Beatles. The club also serves as a launching pad for popular, up and coming local entertainers. “There’s a wide variety,” says DuChene.

Besides Doc Scantlin on New Year’s Eve, the month’s offerings include a LivSuite Christmas, Soul and Jazz, on December 20, Christmas with the Rat Pack, on December 21 (already sold out), and the Platters Review with Joe Coleman on December 30. Scheduled for January is a tribute to the Isley Brothers.

For more information on the Carlyle Club, go to the website.

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