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Like a society dame with a punk edge, the classy ‘Dorch’ should be in every serious sybarite’s little black book. Launched in 1931, this bronze-mirrored doyenne's current drinks list plunders previous golden ages of the cocktail: classics such as Turf Club, Adonis, Martinez and Vesper never go out of fashion. Ask head honcho Guiliano Morandin to mix you a Granny Smith (gold-dusted Bacardi, nettle and apple) or The Casanova (vermouth, Aperol, strawberry, peach and basil) while you play ‘spot the famous face’: down the years, everyone from Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra to Sinitta and Simon have passed this way. Decadent bouchées, including a ‘cornetto’ of Wagyu tartare, truffle mayo and oscietra caviar, are a match for designer Thierry Despont’s flamboyantly camp decor – although our dislike of the high-backed banquette punctured by ridiculous flame-red ‘kryptonite’ shards is well documented.
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13 July 2011
The bar at the Dorchester… well it is an institution. Everyone should go there at least once, and then as many times as they can subsequently! Great cocktails, a gorgeous hotel and the people-watching is fantastic! Expensive but worth it!
12 September 2008
The Dorchester bar is one of the oldest establishments to date in London, and its longevity is down to the fabulous service and attention to detail.
I have become a regular patron of the Fashion Afternoon Teas, which allows for a great Afternoon Tea experience along with the option to view 'up close and personal' some of you favourite UK designers.
In the evening the Bar turns into the perfect location for a Pre/Post Dinner drink, with a Pianist playing elegant background music. The only downside to the bar is it size, for a hotel Bar you would expect a bit more space…the cocktails are lovely and you might have an opportunity to see A-list guest having dinner in the surrounding restaurants.
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