Will 2014 be the year the Dorchester bar ditches its gauche, Kryptonite-topped high-backed banquette? We live in hope. In the meantime, consistently superior drinks prepared at its divine mirrored bar compensate for any dodgy design decisions – Champagne teacups on stems are another quirk we could live without. Make ours a naked martini or a ‘timeless classic’ – in a classic glass, if you please. Brooklyn, Manhattan and Bronx are New York sips worth knowing, and we’re also sweet on Mary Pickford (Bacardi, pineapple, Maraschino liqueur and grenadine). Equally comely mixes include a Glenlivet whisky and fig sour, Granny Smith (smashed with Zubrówka vodka) and hibiscus royale – a pretty pink Champagne cocktail. Bar food is quintessential Park Lane pukka, while classy fizz lubricates everyone from princes, potentates, politicos, film stars and gossip column regulars to Joe Bloggs celebrating with his missus.
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