Hotel Café Royal is paying homage to globally recognised pop icon David Bowie by debuting Ziggy’s bar in his honour.
Ziggy’s will establish itself as a playful tribute to David Bowie, who famously held the retirement party for his alter ego Ziggy Stardust at Café Royal in the 1970s.
The bar will serve “a modern twist” on some of Bowie’s favourite drinks plus classics and innovative new creations.
Hotel Café Royal’s bars and beverages manager Fabio Spinetti, formerly of The Connaught, has worked collaboratively with the Ziggy’s bar team to create a unique menu, including cocktails inspired both by David Bowie’s life and his famous album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Each drink is named after a lyric from the record.
A believer in understated and classic cocktails, Spinetti’s menu includes carefully considered liqueurs and garnishes, all nodding to Bowie’s life and his eccentric character.
Highlights from the new menu include Darkness and Disgrace, a light and creamy drink combining dark rum, tawny port, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup and egg yolk, and Femme Fatale, a cocktail created with Bowie’s love of martinis in mind. Linked with the restaurant’s extensive range of sushi, it uses Japanese liqueur sake and French aperitif Byrrh (a sweet vermouth), and is garnished with a delicate rose petal floating on top.
Hotel Café Royal’s new bar will also feature a curated selection of photography of David Bowie by prolific music photographer Mick Rock, who was Bowie’s official photographer during the last years of Ziggy’s career.
The selection will include some of the most well-known images of Ziggy alongside some more intimate and rarely seen before photographs.
To coincide with the launch of Ziggy’s, the famously vibrant Green Bar on the hotel’s ground floor will also see the launch of an exciting new menu, celebrating the original Café Royal cocktail book of 1937.