Drink martinis like 007
With ‘Spectre’ now in cinemas, that ever-growing desire to be just like 007 can begin with sampling one of these five-star, James-Bond martinis.
Ever watched a James Bond movie? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t. The way he walks (or crashes) into a room, wearing a crisp suit only meant to be worn by someone so sophisticated is an image that remains with us long after the movie has ended. With a racy tug of his cuffs and a gaze that draws attention, no one sips a martini the way Bond does.
These five bars have perfected the art of drinking like James Bond, serving some of the best cocktails and, of course, martinis that will excite the senses and will rouse visions of 007.
Dukes Hotel Bar, London
Where better to sip on that martini than in the land that birthed Bond himself? Visit legendary Dukes Hotel Bar, renowned for its martinis and personalised cocktails. It is believed that Dukes is the bar that inspired Ian Fleming’s creation of Bond’s famous line “Shaken, not stirred”.
A strong competitor in Bond’s hometown, Artesian is the winner of the ‘World’s Best Bar’ for four consecutive years by Drinks International. As sophisticated as Bond himself, the experimental cocktails that are unique to Artesian make it a memorable experience.
The Dead Rabbit, New York
This re-imagining of a traditional Irish Pub has frequented the list of the world’s best bars. Classic Irish charm and hospitality is combined with the ideal martini to make this one of the best everyman bars around.
Dandelyan Bar, London
Exotic flavours and bold combinations are just two of the reasons that creator Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan) has been named the world’s best bartender this year. The views overlooking the Thames and St Paul’s and the perfectly crafted martinis are what makes you feel like 007 as you take each sip.
The Clumsies Bar, Athens
Passion, determination and warmth are the features that define this welcoming bar. Enjoy the atmosphere while selecting from the impeccable drinks menu, or spend your night in The Room to enjoy your own fireplace and billiard table.