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“A hidden gem”
Review of Dukes Bar

Dukes Bar
Ranked #1,100 of 23,024 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: St. James's
Description: Drinks at DUKES Bar is something of an occasion. The legendary bar is internationally renowned for its famous martinis and personalised cocktails. Frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the bar is said to be the inspiration for the classic line, 'shaken, not stirred'. So whether you're relaxing after a meeting or getting together with friends for special drinks, the intimate and timeless surroundings, coupled with the bartender's knowledge, make it an unforgettable experience.
Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
363 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

A hidden gem by location, but not by the amount of well deserved publicity the bar now gets. I've been a few times but still always manage to walk down the wrong street. When I do eventually find it, it's always a pleasure to be here.

The martinis are neither shaken or stirred, but the perfectly chilled glass is rinsed with the bars own blend of vermouth, depending on how dry or wet you want the martini to be, and then the gin (or vodka) is poured straight into the glass. The gin (or vodka) having only a few moments before been removed from the freezer. Then a sliver of lemon peel is rubbed around the glass, before being put in it. The lemons are huge, and are imported directly from Amalfi, Italy. A dry martini is a simple drink to make, but it is the quality of the ingredients, and the care in which they are put together that creates the perfect martini, and that's what Dukes does. Simple, but perfect.

The bar is decorated with portraits and has the feel of an old gentlemen's club, but you get a real sense of history when sitting an taking in the ambience. The service is friendly, welcoming and professional.

A Dukes martini was recently included in a list of 20 drinks to try before you die, I tend to agree.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Marcus L
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Evanston, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Totally fun!”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Drinks are made table-side by wonderful mixologists. The atmosphere is that of a warm, comfortable English library. The drinks are served in a lovely way by servers who are understated and respectful.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank JeanO587
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Best martini bar in London, where Ian Fleming invented the vesper martini. Amazing location and very hidden making it more fun to go to. Need to go back more often

Thank Karthigan
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Kent, England
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Keep it a secret!”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

OMG Martinis to die for! Absolutely fantastic cocktails, service and ambience. Never had a drink like it before. Will definately visit again whenever we can. Lots more yet to try on the cocktail menu, including several more Martinis. Ignore the prices - they are worth it!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Ian P
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Favourite bar in London!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Loved the atmosphere and the cosiness. Some of the clientele are a bit snotty nosed, but the staff are attentive and discreetly good at service. Popular with after workers from the area and a lovely spot to relax.

Visited February 2013
Thank Michele S
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