Because films and alcohol do mix

Following on from last year's Fifties Hollywood film season, a seven week summer run of screenings begins tonight at Bluebird in Chelsea.

The Smirnoff Black Screenings take place every Wednesday at 9pm for the next seven weeks, displayed on the restaurant's own big screen - this year's theme centres on the current crop of Hollywood leading men. There'll also be a specially created vodka cocktail available each week in the bar from 6pm, one for each individual movie - which should at least help take the edge off things if the film isn't up to scratch. 

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Tickets cost £25 per person and include entry to the film, a Smirnoff Black cocktail, a main course (things like classic burger and chips and battered fish and chips) and a dessert.

350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU. To book tickets call Bluebird on 020 7559 1000 or visit www.bluebird-restaurant.com 

 July 22                        Oceans 11 
July 29                        The Talented Mr Ripley 
August 5                     Mission Impossible 
August 12                   The Dark Knight 
August  19                  The International 
August 26                   Catch Me If You Can 
September 2               Casino Royale 

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Sample cocktails (from left):

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1 Ocean's 11 - 25ml Smirnoff Black vodka, 25ml Martini Rosso, and 25ml Campari served short on ice with an orange wedge  

2 Casino Royale - 15ml Smirnoff Black vodka shaken with 45ml Tanqueray gin, 7.5ml Lillet Blanc and Angostura bitters.  Served straight up in a champagne saucer with a lemon twist.

3 The International - 50ml Smirnoff Black vodka shaken with fresh cucumber, lemon juice and sugar and topped with Fentiman’s ginger beer.