They don’t make ‘em like Janet any more. This blonde New York ex-lawyer has owned her eccentric bar since 1997, creating a buzz through Facebook and her own feisty personality. The interior defies description, an art installation rather than considered design with shocking pink walls, myriad mementoes, newspaper cuttings, balloons, flags, fairy lights, gold dancing shoes and an F1 racing driver’s suit, plus a terrace for smoking and people-watching. Loud, funky music is masterminded by Janet and her student daughter, while the Hungarian head honcho serves up a mean Manhattan, hot toddies in winter and ‘house jugs’ of gin, sloe gin, cider and fresh fruit come summer. It’s defiantly non-ageist and in a city of slick cocktail bars, it’s a breath of fresh air.
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