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.
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