about the bar
Nestled within the prestigious Brown’s Hotel, resides The Donovan Bar, an alluring haven of indulgence on Albemarle Street, the crown jewel of Mayfair. Having opened its doors in 2018, this luminous gem of a bar, christened after the iconic photographer Terence Donovan, has garnered a constellation of accolades, including the esteemed title of Best Bar at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards in 2018. Moreover, it achieved the distinguished rank of No.89 on The World’s 50 Best Bars of 2022, further cementing its stature in the world of mixology.
Under the visionary direction of cocktail virtuoso Salvatore Calabrese and the innovative craftsmanship of Mixology Director Federico Pavan, The Donovan Bar is not just a watering hole; it’s a symphony of libations. The melding of classic elegance with avant-garde creations is evident in every sip, a testament to the artistry of these maestros. Their meticulously curated menu dances between time-honoured favourites and ingenious original creations, an ensemble that embodies the legacy of the bar’s namesake.
The opulent ambience of The Donovan Bar, ensconced within the iconic Brown’s Hotel, is an ode to sophistication. The spirit of Terence Donovan himself is palpable as his iconic works grace the walls, and the decor draws inspiration from his evocative photography. A monochromatic palette adorned with subtle Art Deco elements creates an atmosphere of timeless glamour, inviting patrons to relish in the allure of yesteryears.
Among the stars of this ethereal cocktail constellation is the signature “Old Fashioned,” a drink that receives a tableau-like treatment as its components harmonize into a liquid masterpiece right before your eyes. Equally enchanting is the “Mystical Martini,” an elixir shrouded in dry ice, captivating the senses with both taste and spectacle. And then there’s the “Terence Donovan,” an embodiment of suave complexity paying homage to the bar’s muse.
The Donovan Bar casts a spell that transcends mere mixology. With its intimate, softly lit milieu, it’s a canvas for crafting cherished memories—be it an intimate rendezvous or an evening of camaraderie. Tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, it’s a sanctuary of liquid artistry and refined ambience, a reverie for cocktail aficionados and seekers of the extraordinary. Without a doubt, The Donovan Bar is an essential pilgrimage for those in pursuit of liquid perfection.