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“Shaken, not stirred sophistication”
Review of Dukes Bar

Dukes Bar
Ranked #1,295 of 23,211 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Award yourself the time to experience this charming, quaint, elegant little bar. Order a classic martini and relax over a beautiful table-side presentation. It feels so indulgent and sophisticated. The service, presentation and drink quality is superb. You'll likely never have another like it. It's the bar where Ian Fleming conceived the "shaken, not stirred" line.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The Vesper Martini might have been the best martini I've ever had. Impeccable service as they bartender makes the drink at your table. I cannot recommend more highly.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

After hearing so much about this bar we finally organised drinks there last weeks. It’s definitely not for those easily irritated to wait for a table. I liked the concept of first come first served. I liked the hospitality and friendliness of the staff (always on hand but never intrusive). But most of all I liked the drinks. Martinis. That’s what everyone’s there for, isn’t it? Enrico, our host on the night, prepared all the drinks on his trolley right in front of us. He helped us to choose vodkas and gins for our martinis from a reasonably extensive list of both products and to educate us on martinis themselves. All in all an excellent evening and even with the prices a little high it was definitely worth it.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

My friend Dianne treated me to martinis in Dukes cocktail bar. Dukes has that quiet class that lesser places try to copy. The martinis were delicious and had a serious kick and were made at our table on the famous Dukes trolley - a great place for a special treat, worth the wait for a table at busy times.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This is the bar where Ian Fleming conceived James Bond and his famous "shaken, not stirred" line. The martini's are the reason to visit and the superb service and the opportunity to observe the process the staff goes through to make the drinks.
That being said, it is expensive - £18 per drink, so think carefully before ordering several of them.
We thought it worth visiting and would do it again with friends who have never been.

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