In 1973, David Bowie held a star-studded retirement party for his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, at London’s illustrious Café Royal. This month, Hotel Café Royal, the celebrity haunt’s modern reincarnation, is debuting a new bar in honor of the British pop icon.
Ziggy’s will open on Sept. 20, adjacent to the hotel’s newly opened restaurant, Laurent. The bar will offer a range of classic and modern cocktails inspired by Bowie’s life—and favorite drinks—developed in collaboration with the hotel’s bars and beverages manager Fabio Spinetti, formerly of The Connaught.
Each drink is named after a lyric from Bowie’s album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” Highlights include Darkness and Disgrace, a combination of dark rum, tawny port, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup, and egg yolk; and Tiger on Vaseline, an elevated piña colada with cachaça, spiced rum, roasted pineapple juice, and lime juice, capped with coconut and white chocolate foam.
On display will be a curated collection of photographs of Bowie by Mick Rock, Bowie’s official photographer during the last years of Ziggy’s career, including both well-known and rarer, more intimate selections. HotelCafeRoyal.com