The Parrot Bar

Cocktail Bar in Aldwych

We visited the Parrot cocktail bar in Aldwych, situated within the Waldorf Hilton on a Friday evening. The bar is a partnership with Lee and Nicky Caulfield and is intended to draw on the exotic inspiration of the Palm Court where the Waldorf has traditionally hosted entertainment events.

cocktail bar in aldwych
cocktail bar in aldwych

The Cocktails!

Wow, what a cocktail menu. They all sounded so good. We started with Puffer Parrot (£13): Absolut Elyx vodka, seasonal mixed fruit and vanilla ice cream. The glass was designed more like a puffer fish than parrot but looked pretty cool! The cocktail was more like an alcoholic fruit smootie so a little thicker than normal, presumably because of the ice cream.

cocktail bar in aldwych

We loved the Kakapo (£15): Roku gin infused with basil, cucumber and sugar snaps, elderflower cordial, lime juice, vanilla syrup and soda water. The cocktail arrived in an exquisite parrot shaped glass and the flavour combinations working perfectly.

cocktail bar in aldwych
cocktail bar in aldwych

The bartender made us their own off menu creation, a Turbo Bellini. With mango, champagne, lime juice and syrup, it was lovely and refreshing and an excellent cleanser in between the signature cocktails. Make sure you ask for this wonderful cocktail!

cocktail bar in aldwych

We finished with the Blossom Parakeet (£12) with Auchenfoshan double oak whiskey infused with plum, comomile cordial & ginger ale. It was presented in a sealed bowl – the bartender released the cork and the smokey scent arrived! We thought the whiskey and ginger ale was a winning combination.

cocktail bar in aldwych

The Bar Snacks

Along with our cocktails we enjoyed some of the signature bar dishes. We tried the Confit Duck Spring Roll, sirrachi, soy and spring onion (£9) and the Spicy Crispy Squid, smoked chilli jam and kimchi (£9). The duck spring rolls were packed full of filling and the spicy crispy squid packed a punch when paired with the chilli jam. They were excellent small plates to enjoy with the cocktails and the squid was some of the best we have tasted.

cocktail bar in aldwych
cocktail bar in aldwych

Overall

Parrot is a gorgeous cocktail bar in Aldwych, perfectly located near the theatre district. The cocktails are beautifully created and presented and it has a sophisticated but unpretentious vibe. We loved that there is a live band on Friday and Saturday evenings.

cocktail bar in aldwych

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