1997, the year the Met Bar first opened its doors, seems like a lifetime ago to locals who've been supping on top shelf concoctions in its swanky climes for the past 15-plus years. So, what's new about the space, after its interior was auctioned off for a cool £5000 to make room for new chi chi adornments?
As it's mainly the menu we're concerned about, we'll cut right to the chase: the Met is sticking to classic British ambiance by way of their culinary and fancy drinks fare (ham hock, beef and Stilton pies, vintage champagne), but with a newfangled twist to match the updated decor. Expect seasonal foodstuffs and boozy tipples that will compete with the likes of some of the city's best cocktail-centric spaces, like those you'll find on Drink International's list of the World's Best Cocktail Bars.
Belly up to the Met Bar from Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM-2:00 AM and Sunday to Monday from 9:00 AM-Midnight for the chance to quaff sloe gin among sophisticated palates and maybe a few fast and loose familiar faces. But dress accordingly; just because there's an open door policy doesn't mean fanny packs and rumply polos that scream, "I'm an American tourist!" will suffice.