May 11, 2018
Though the Donovan Bar is secreted away behind a fairly generic hotel bar you’ll know it when you get there: this intimate, sophisticated space is lined with iconic black-and-white photos by the photographer from whom the bar takes its name. Lighting is soft and flattering, furnishing is modern but not jarringly so and the mood is smooth particularly on the nights when live jazz is played. Cocktails are classics in the main, though there are a few contemporary drinks on the long menu. All are mixed and presented impeccably and priced to match. Bar nibbles, however, are provided for free. Its small size means that finding a table can be a chore, but the rewards are more than worth a wait at the bar.
Main photo credits: Donovan bar page at Brown’s Hotel official website