May 11, 2018
A sultry and sophisticated retreat in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Salvatore’s Bar is housed within the capital’s Playboy Club and was created, and indeed is still hosted by, the world-renowned master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. It’s no surprise, then, that this bar is said to contain the world’s finest (and most expensive) collection of spirits, all of which are lovingly displayed behind protective glass doors. If you’re a glutton for a vintage cognac or magnum, you definitely won’t be out of your element here – but that certainly isn’t all that’s on the menu. The drinks card at Salvatore’s Bar is mind-boggling to say the least, and runs the gamut from specially-selected wines to a whisky selection that would make any Scot proud. The aforementioned cognacs include bottles dating back to the 1700s and the champagnes can either be sipped solo or included in a range of deluxe bubbly cocktails. And speaking of cocktails – Salvatore doesn’t disappoint with his selection of high-quality “classics” (although they are anything but classic when you witness the unique glassware, cocktail shakers and ingredients), which include the Spicy Fifty – vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, lime juice, honey syrup, chilli pepper – and the Negroni Svegliato – moka coffee made with sweet vermouth, gin and aperitif. And non-alcoholic mocktails are created with just as much love – and muddled with freshly-squeezed juices, tonic waters and homemade cordials. The small bites food menu at Salvatore’s Bar is American in style and complements both the complex drinks and the low-key atmosphere perfectly. Lobster sliders, buttermilk fried chicken and beef disco fries are some of the stars, but if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, you can opt for afternoon tea served with teapot cocktails, or a serving of caviar.