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Bar at the Dorchester, London

Park Lane
Tel: 44 207 629 8888's insider take:

The Dorchester's frumpy old bar is unrecognizable in its fabulous new plumage—all lacquered mahogany and mirrors, with purple velvet banquettes backed by insane six-foot-tall red glass spikes. The giant drinks list is cocktail nirvana, from the Fancy Drinks (concoctions spiked with a little something extra) to the three-drink Flights (different styles of classic cocktails to compare and contrast). Beware, though: Some of the wackiest glassware in town could give a nervous drinker stage fright. A frozen martini for instance, may arrive in a classic martini glass…classic, that is, apart from its two-foot-long stem; a mulito (a mojito made with the Colombian fruit lulo) in an Argentinean maté cup made from a gourd, with a silver straw. For well-to-do types dressed up for a night on the town, it's a great stage; though for the young crowd, not so much.

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