A pub in Scotland has drawn controversy for serving a syringe with a cocktail named after Iggy Pop.
The 10 Cafe Bar, or Bar 10, located in Tayside, about the midway point between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, has devised a new menu of “rocktails” that pay tribute to rock stars from the ’70s and ’80s. There are drinks for Joy Division, Motorhead, the Clash and the Sex Pistols, served in unusual containers like chemical beakers and empty syrup tins, reports the Evening Telegraph, but it’s the Iggy Pop libation that has gotten folks all riled up.
The syringe is filled with honey.
Here’s more from the Telegraph:
An Angus anti-drugs campaigner claims that the stunt is “glorifying drugs”, but those behind the rocktails insist it adds “theatre” to the presentation of the drink.
Derek Wann, who has campaigned against the use of legal highs in the county, said: “In my opinion, this is glorifying taking drugs. Serving a syringe as part of drink is a gimmick and I understand the culture and the theme they are going for, but it’s still not right. There is bound to be better ways to selling a drink than doing something like this.”
However, bar owner Alan Hampton said: “It comes with a syringe of honey which can be injected into the drink. It is keeping with Iggy Pop’s predilection given that he was a drug addict and it is just to add to the theatre of the whole process.”
The singer, who performed with The Stooges, has spoken in the past about his use of hard drugs and his fight with drug addiction, claiming he achieved his “look” by using the substances.
Hampton tells the publication that his pub already has a “sort of music-based theme,” including showcasing classic album covers.
“But I felt we needed something that reflects our target age group,” he adds. “When you go to bars now, they seem to be focussed towards young people or under 25s and I felt we needed something that reflected the over 35s age bracket. When people see the record covers they talk about how they used to have them or how they wished they had kept them and that sort of thing, so that gave me the idea. It’s a unique concept that we have come up with ourselves. The reaction has been phenomenal. The bar has a strong musical connection and the drinks complement that.”