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A David Bowie-themed cocktail bar? Yes, please.

If you ever find yourself in London and looking for refreshment, hop the tube to Picadilly and head to the Hotel Cafe Royal on Air Street in Soho. It’s not a cheap place–rates run above $500–but the location is great. And the hotel will soon be home to a David Bowie-themed cocktail bar,

Bowiephiles will know the address as the place where he held his “Last Supper” in July 1973 celebrating/commemorating/mourning the death of his Ziggy Stardust character. That will extend to the decor (lots of photos from that famous meal, which featured guests like Iggy Pop and Lou Reed) and a jukebox filled with Bowie records.

Naturally, the place will be known as Ziggy’s. And of course the drinks and meals menu will be inspired by the 1972-73 era of Bowie’s career. Example:

  • A drink called “Tigers and Vaseline,” which is a phrase from “Hang On To Yourself.” It’s apparently a new interpretation of the pina colada.
  • “Darkness and Disgrace”–taken from “Lady Stardust”–is an espresso martini crossed with a rum flip.
  • A food menu should be available soon.

(Via The NME)


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