Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel 1

Brown's Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street , London, W1S 4BP

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SquareMeal Review of Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel

Smooth and dependable with a tasteful and nicely upholstered interior, the Donovan Bar is quietly stylish – if not the most exciting ride in town. However, at £15 per cocktail, this self-appointed ‘legendary drinking establishment' is possibly not for your average runaround tippler. Fans of sidecar and classics of similar vintage will find them among a list of contemporary ideas such as the rock (Glenmorangie 18-year-old whisky, fresh pineapple, black pepper and lemon juice spritzed with smoky Scotch), while gin lovers might fancy a Sipsmith and Aperol old fashioned, sipped to the sounds of live jazz most evenings. There's also a good range of grape and grain to go with proper English snacks – think devils on horseback, fishfingers with mushy peas and chips, Portland crab on toast or pork crackling with Bramley apple sauce

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5.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.5

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Emyr T. silver reviewer 06 May 2010

The Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel in Mayfair is cool, stylish and intimate. The walls are adorned with Terence Donovan's iconic black and white prints, which adds a contemporary twist to the history of the surroundings.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Mark C. 11 August 2009

A dark, dingy space, with uncomfortable chairs and poor service. Place virtually empty but they still managed to completely forget a cocktail order. Questionable amount of alcohol in the £13 a throw concoctions – certainly didn't appear to be very much. So many better hotel bars in the vicinity. Duke's and Polo at the Mayfair to name but two.

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