A David Bowie cocktail bar is opening in the West End of London next month. Named ‘Ziggy’s’, in honour of the star’s much-loved persona Ziggy Stardust, it launches on September 20 at the Hotel Café Royal.
The bar features a number of drinks inspired by the late icon’s 1972 album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars‘, and are named after his lyrics.
‘Tigers on Vaseline’ takes its name from the lyrics to ‘Hang On To Yourself’, and is described as a modern twist on the piña colada. ‘Darkness and Disgrace’, meanwhile, is an espresso martini crossed with a rum flip, and takes its name from ‘Lady Stardust’.
The Hotel Café Royal has particular significance when it comes to Ziggy Stardust. It was there, on July 3, 1973, that Bowie threw a now-legendary ‘Last Supper’ to retire the alter-ego.
The bar will be decorated with pictures from that famous night, taken by the famed music photographer Mick Rock, and boasts a special Bowie jukebox.
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Fabio Spinetti, the hotel’s bars and beverages manager, said: “Café Royal has always been the place where great minds would come to discuss great ideas. David Bowie played a really important part in Café Royal’s history, with the famous Last Supper taking place here. It only seems fitting to provide a homage to one of our most esteemed patrons.”
The venue has been known as a haunt for the rich and famous for over a hundred years. The likes of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, Muhammad Ali and Brigitte Bardot are among its former patrons.