Alan Cumming Pours His Spirit Into A Unique Passion Project

Instinct star Alan Cumming shows us around his happy place


Actor. Author. Photographer. Performer. Alan Cumming is clearly a man of many talents. And then there are his mad mixology skills.



Any given Friday night, you may find the award-winning stage and screen star behind the bar, slinging drinks and performing for patrons—often with his Instinct co-stars and crew in tow—at his very own Club Cumming in New York City.



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Watch! and Chowhound visited Alan Cumming at his charming bar to see his hidden talent in action. After spending the afternoon with the CBS veteran, we really want to know: What can't this man do?



Photography by Timothy Kuratek. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, May-June 2018.

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Setting the bar

Tucked in the East Village, this tiny gem of a cocktail lounge has big personality, much like its affable owner.



Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Party down

Fun fact: Club Cumming evolved from the popular parties Alan Cumming used to throw in his dressing room.



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Everyday people

"For me, it was all about wanting to have a venue where the same spirit of Club Cumming parties in my dressing room would exist, where everyone was welcome. You know that you could have somebody on the crew talking to Meryl Streep who then turns around and talks to someone's granny from Idaho." — Alan Cumming



Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Spice up your life

The ultimate host, Cumming is hands-on with most everything happening at the bar. On the day we visited, he was prepping for a special screening of Spice World, the 1997 movie in which he co-starred with the popular girl band Spice Girls.



Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Hidden talent

"It is funny, when people come in and see me bartending, they're kind of like, 'What?' But that just gives me great pleasure." — Alan Cumming

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Happy hour

Fun fact: Club Cumming likes to mix things up for guests. Popular events include Drink-And-Draw and Knit-At-Nite, a weekly event where guests can mix cocktails and crocheting.



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Dance like no one is looking

"I want everybody to feel welcome and nobody to feel judged. All ages, genders, sexualities—no rules except kindness and lack of judgment. I love encouraging people to have fun and to just dance." — Alan Cumming


Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Wall art

Fun fact: Alan Cumming's husband Grant Shaffer painted a one-of-a-kind mural at Club Cumming that features Alan's characters and those of his famous friends (including Liza Minnelli).



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Signature sippers

Must-quaffs at Club Cumming include the "Up and Cumming" (pictured) and the "Wild Ginger" cocktails.



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Impromptu music

With a piano and mic on stage at all times, you never know who will pop up to perform.



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We are family

"I love bringing the crew here. It made them all understand who I was, and actually it changed the atmosphere on the set after we all came here and danced away together." — Alan Cumming



Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Stage presence

Fun fact: Instinct co-star Bojana Novakovic did her [improvised] show, The Blind Date Project, at Club Cumming.



Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Dream a little dream

"It's been one of my favorite things in my whole career, having that spirit I wanted to happen in this room actually happen." — Alan Cumming


Photography by Tim Kuratek.

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