Trapeze artists, flame blowers, dancing elephants, dead parrots… Err, OK, all but the latter conjure up images of the magical world of the circus but bear with us and we can add dead parrots to your train of thought.
For the past six months, Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder have been intensively whittling down teams of cocktail experts during a variety of whisky-related (and some not-so-whisky-related) challenges for the title of Ultimate Bartender Champion. As part of their prize the winners, Dead Parrot, are hosting a circus-themed bar at London Cocktail Week, free for all to attend.
As with all circuses nothing is quite as it seems so when you find yourself cradling a ‘Bearded Lady’ and sinking a ‘Hook a Duck’ don’t be too alarmed – these are just a couple of the creatively named cocktails. What sounds slightly more alarming is the glass eating you will witness, performed by trained professionals so don’t try this at home… Coming to think of it maybe don’t try a Bearded Lady at home either, it won’t be as good as the award winning Dead Parrot boys can do it. Fancy yourself as a bit of a performer? 4 – 5pm is circus hour with free drinks for anyone with a little trick up their sleeve. Whacky whisky fun.
5 – 11th October 2015, midday – 11pm (Sunday closes 10.30pm) at Elys Yard, Hanbury Street, Shoreditch E1 6QR