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After-hours, Drinks
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 27 September 2021

Whilst staying at Dukes Hotel, we popped in for pre-dinner cocktails on 2 separate occasions. The bar is in keeping with the rest of the hotel and sticks with its traditions impeccably. The staff are formally dressed in white and work efficiently throughout the 3...areas of Dukes Bar. If you select a Martini from the extensive menu, as I did, it is prepared at your table in a way that Dukes Bar only know how to make it an enjoyable experience. This bar is very popular so I would suggest that you reserve a table!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 August 2021

We came here for a swift pre-dinner drinks and what a heart-warming welcome we always receive - it is such wonderful reception that already sets the ambience of the evening. We ordered the Vesper which is freshly prepared from the trolley by Enrico and Mr....Palazzi - the splendid repartee between these two lovely gentlemen always amuses me greatly :-). The biggest surprise however was when they both came with a birthday treat complete with candles and sang happy birthday - I simply did not expect this; it was such a beautiful and touching gesture that I truly appreciate - it certainly made the birthday special. Thank you very much Mr. Palazzi, Enrico, Maurizio and the entire Dukes Bar Team for making my birthday truly unforgettable. See you soon :)More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021

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

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 17 July 2021

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
Reviewed 24 May 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
Reviewed 23 May 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
Alberto Cambus, Director of Sales at DUKES Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 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 22 September 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
Reviewed 10 September 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
Reviewed 12 March 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
Reviewed 6 March 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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9 October 2017|
Response from Ioana P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I can't answer to your question. While I was at the bar I served only champagne.
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
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 travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5