London’s new music scene.
From Jimi Hendrix to pirate radio, music-inspired cocktail clubs are taking over the London bar scene…
The Café Royal’s new cocktail bar is inspired by ‘The Last Supper’ – the debauched party thrown by David Bowie on the night he killed off his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The afterparty thrown after the Spider from Mars’ final show attracted the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Lou Reed. Filled with unseen photography and tributes to Bowie, the bar tells the story of that mind-expanding night through its drinks menu (all named after the Bowie’s 1972 album). Electric Dream, for example, blends coconut oil-washed bourbon with lemongrass syrup. And watch out for the Femme Fatale – it’s laced with Absinthe. No wonder Bowie couldn’t say ‘Changes’ without stuttering.
Inspired by the success of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in New York, Idris Elba has opened his own bar in London. The former pirate radio DJ from east London turned Hollywood A-lister is promising that The Parrot will deliver a ‘cocktail den’ vibe with a tropical twist. There’ll be live music every night from a five-piece band, celebrity guest performers and the occasional set by DJ Dris himself. You’ll need to be on the guest list, though. It also offers the ultimate VIP experience: collection in The Parrot’s very own chauffeur-driven Aston Martin. Beats Uber, right?
The legendary Bag O’Nails club in Soho, where Jimi Hendrix performed and The Beatles, the Stones and The Who hung out, is set to be transformed into a private members’ club. After a £2million refurb, the club will open next year with Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers in charge of the food, while mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan will handle the booze. The rock music landmark hosted Hendrix’s breakthrough performance in 1996. But such was the volume and distortion (created by using a Zippo lighter as a guitar pick), a number of patrons fled, missing out on one of the most famous nights in pop history.