Shaken or stirred?

By Tim Nelson
Updated September 20, 2018
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So Idris Elba walks into a bar. He’s not in a tuxedo, and he doesn’t order a shaken martini, because he’s not James Bond and he doesn’t have to. Turns out he just owns the place.

That’s not a poorly-conceived joke, it’s the truth. While rumors about whether or not the British actor is set to take on the iconic Bond role, Elba decided to spend some of his spare time opening up his own cocktail bar. Located within London’s Waldorf Hilton, Parrot will be a 60-seat, tropically-inspired outpost that hopes to brighten up dreary London with both its style and star power.

It’s unclear if Parrot’s staff of bartenders will be wearing vests or tuxedos, but they will serve up "an inspired choice of cocktails, featuring premium and bespoke creations that offer customers the ultimate experience” according to Eater London. The bar’s Instagram implies that this translates to 15 signature cocktails, each inspired by a species of parrot.

Other details about Parrot show the Wire and Luther actor’s latest venture is sure to be the kind of ritzy place an MI-6 agent might frequent. Elba hasn’t exactly been coy about his desire to play James Bond, and Parrot’s first-of-its-kind VIP chauffeur service, which will ferry guests to and from the bar in Aston Martins, sure feels like a vigorous nod in that direction. Leaning on the musical pedigree of co-founder Nicky Caulfield (whose brother Lee is also a co-founder), Parrot promises a live five-piece band every evening as well as “the occasional surprise guest along the way”. Given that Elba himself is something of a legit DJ, don’t be surprised if he steps behind the decks either.

The Parrot will open its doors to Londoners in October. It’s already taking reservations if you want to make sure you have a chance to try and yell Stringer Bell quotes at Idris Elba from across a room. Let’s just hope Daniel Craig doesn’t stop by and make things awkward.