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Late Night, Drinks
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Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

Will be back when in town, was busy, wide selection of cocktails and spirits. Lovely seating and waiters

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you say about The Dukes Bar - its an institution.... I first came here for a cocktail in 1993 when I was working around the corner at another hotel... my GM who without question was one of the most inspirational people in my...career and one of the most respected women in the industry told me it was the only bar I was allowed to go to for cocktails other than our own hotel bar.... Fast forward and its still the best cocktail in town... and its sensational frontman - Alessandro Palazzi to this day is driven by old school service and care... he is gentleman and a scholar .... he brings an art to his profession and the utmost passion. He is assisted and works with a brilliant team around him and they are faultless in their service and care for your experience... I hate to say it but without this bar I am not sure where the hotel would be..... people come for the cocktails and so they should. Dont listen to all the blah on here... go for what will be a wonderful cocktail and realise your bring treated and cared for by true professionals who live and die by making you a wonderful drink. I love the place... I have been coming for 30 plus years - why.... because they remember me, care and make a damn fine cocktail.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 24, 2021 via mobile

Last Tuesday after nearly five months we, as usual, enjoyed our exquisite Martini cocktails at the DUKES Bar. Even with their custom-made masks Alessandro and the Team are excellent hosts. 👍

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021 via mobile

The unpleasant arrogance of the bar manager has gone too far. We were told by Reception that there were 3 empty tables and the wait time would be less than 5 minutes. 20 minutes of waiting later, we said we would leave. The Reception Manager...took on the bar manager, pointed out the empty tables. Grudgingly the bar manager gave us one. But then he got his revenge by refusing to serve us. For another 20 minutes we waited whilst he pointedly turned his back to us. We spoke again to Reception and told them we were giving up. We went next door to the Stafford and had a brilliant evening. I’ve been going to Duke’s for 28 years. But no more. I am sure that there enough tourists to keep Duke’s Bar full, but the locals are going elsewhere. God. I miss Gilberto!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Alberto Cambus, Director of Sales at DUKES Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2021

Dear valued guest Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on Trip Advisor, we are truly saddened to read your review following your recent visit at the bar. We always strive to make our guest feel welcomed and comfortable, clearly with little...More

Reviewed September 22, 2020

Joined work colleagues for the famous Duke's Martinis there last week. What used to be an elegant and cozy corner of St James's is now akin to dining in an NHS cafeteria. There are taped arrows everywhere on the floor across the lobby, no doorman...present to greet or help. Upon arrival immediately shouted at to put a mask on before crossing the lobby. Disconcerting to say the least. Once a table had been secured, paper copies of track and trace form presented in a classless manner with a Bic pen. Martinis no longer made at the table, harsh lighting, and waiters in very threatening black masks reduced what had previously been a convivial and enjoyable experience into something that was simply to be endured. Given the price point, (our tab was over 200GBP) Sadly, I would avoid this hideous and classless charade at all costs. My sympathies for the bar staff forced to work under such gruesome conditions. In a word, AVOID.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 9, 2020

Given privacy in the drawing-room and attended to. Charming. Waiters were very specific and I appreciated their effort.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

- Stuffy interior, tired staff without commitment. No great experience. Expensive drinks, that were really strong. Expensive service fee. + Fun with the Bond theme.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful service, ambiance and drinks! We ended up going there 4 times in a one week visit. I can’t say enough about the wait staff.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Best martini in the world. You have to take time and come to this little gem of a place and enjoy a martini or a vesper. The best! Simply delicious.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Arrived for New Years Day Jazz Brunch @ 3:30pm with 2 friends I traveled with~~ Girl's London Theater trip. We were welcomed with wonderful Saxophone, keyboard and vocals! Festive drinks before and after our delicious late afternoon repast. We lingered and lounged prior to leaving...for the Sondheim Theater for 7:30 pm Les Mis. Elegant and comfortable surroundings, On point service and Out of this world cuisine---Chacuterie, Chicken Kiev, Wine & Martinis--Vodka then Espresso---Thank-You!! Back in the States now---"Dreaming of my Duke's Day"More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Sorry but I can't answer to your question. While I was at the bar I served only champagne.
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Sorry, I have no idea. I would call them directly.
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DUKES Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5