The Savoy’s vintage and non-vintage champagne is great for your taste buds and you’re going to love the era-specific vintage glassware and garnished tableside. The setting is perfect for those looking for somewhere sophisticated and sensational at the same time.

Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

In Three Words: Exquisite, breathtaking, sensational

The Lowdown: You know that saying – if you’re going to do something, do it well. This sums up the new menu for the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy. In fact, scrap the ‘well’ and instead include the word ‘superbly’.

The new cocktail list at one of London’s most iconic and glamorous hotels was always going to have some sort of impressive wow-factor, but prepare to be completely bowled over by the sheer beauty of the thing. If you’re someone who loves books, design, and always had a penchant for pop-ups, then it will be love at first site. Yes, each concoction is presented in the form of a 3D drink, that not only tells you what to expect, and gives a sense of the type of libation you’ve ordered, but also sets the stage for cocktail theatre at its very best.

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Your Plus One: Someone who loves art, the stage, drama, and things of beauty in all their forms. Having a cocktail at Beaufort Bar is a feast for every sense and something to share with someone equally appreciative.

The Decor: The classic burnished gold and jet black interior gives a fitting sense of occasion, luxury and extravagance. Sumptuous materials, impressive chairs and sofas, and mirrored glass tabletops reflecting the golden lamplight make this a haven of opulence.

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Cocktail Highlights: The Impressionist is a mixture of cherry marnier, raspberry and rose cordial, violette liqueur and champagne that is served with an actual bunch of roses to evoke the scent of a soft summer’s evening in a quintessential English garden. The Never Ending Story is inspired by Ernest Hemingway and takes the famous author’s favourite daiquiri and gives it a spin with Bacardi 1909, dark Creme de Cacao, lime juice and a hint of absinthe, all served with a hand wrapped cinnamon cigar. Also, highly recommended is the Pomello and White Pepper Gimlet – refreshing, sharp with a citrus buzz, followed by the spicy heat of pepper.

Something to Soak Up the Booze: There are complimentary nuts and olives on the table, and tapas is available should you wish to order something. But to be honest you’re going to be so star-struck by the cocktails on offer you won’t have time to think about food.

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Burning a Hole? Ok, so these drinks were never going to be cheap. It’s The Savoy, you know? The average price for a cocktail is between £15 and £25, but if you’re someone who appreciates the finer things in life, and the craftsmanship of mixology, then when the bill comes it won’t seem quite so extravagant.

Overall: For a long time the scene of hotel drinking spots have been dominated by The American Bar, also at The Savoy, and The Artesian at The Langham. Well, the Beaufort has undoubtedly raised the bar when it comes to a unique and truly memorable experience. Each libation tastes as good as it looks, and leaves the drinker with a sense they’ve experienced mixology magic at its very best. A must visit for anyone serious about cocktails.

BOE Magazine