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Inside £10, The Secret Upstairs Bar at Montage Beverly Hills

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  Site Where: 225 North Canon Drive [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
May 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM | by | ()

Last week, we tested your hotel knowledge with this snapshot and congrats are in order for Willfojo who correctly guessed that the barrel of Macallan Whisky can be found at The Montage Beverly Hills' secret bar, £10.

Tucked away in a separate room above the Montage's Scarpetta restaurant, £10 is not your average hotel bar. For starters, you can't just pop by whenever you want as reservations are required. You can't even find the place without someone who works there showing you the way. This isn't a 24-7 kind of place either as £10 is only open from 5pm to 1am from Tuesday-Saturday.

The bar's menu also has some of the most expensive drinks we've ever seen in our life like the 64-year-old vintage of Macallan whisky that goes for $64,000. The reason why it's so expensive, aside from age, is that these are the remaining two ounces of this vintage...in the world.

But not all drinks are rare and old. The Royal Marriage was a limited edition created for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year. That one only costs $10,000 for a pour. Of course, should you want something simple, there is a 12-year-old sherry oak for £10. And lest you think you need to bring two different types of currencies with you, this drink is the only one listed in pounds. The others are in dollars and your total bill will be in US dollars too.

Aside from being a full scotch bar, £10 is also a full cocktail bar with handcrafted cocktails done however you like, but always with the finest techniques (and on a not-so-busy night, at your tableside.) Small bites to go along with your fine cocktails and rare whisky can be ordered from the special menu created by Scarpetta's Chef Scott Conant and Chef Gabriel Ask. The lobster rolls are not to be missed.

And as if we weren't already sold on £10's discreet outdoor terrace overlooking the Beverly Canon manicured gardens, an appetizer dish comes with two pieces of perfectly cooked bacon sticking straight up in glass. Heaven! (It also includes candied walnuts and artisan cheese.)

While reservations are required, you don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy some time here. There is however a $50 minimum per person. This shouldn't be too hard to hit between drinks and food (cocktails start at $25) but you're also paying for an experience like no other.

Thanks to the knowledgeable bartenders and master sommelier who run the place, you'll learn more than you ever knew about whisky. Like that Macallan whisky chooses to store their vintages in Lalique decanters, considered some of the purest crystal in the world. (£10 has other beautiful pieces of Lalique crystal aside from decanters placed throughout the bar.)

You will also be given a thorough ice presentation where different types of ice cubes are brought out for your review with recommendations made by the bartendes based on the drink you order. If you don't come for the secrecy and exclusivity nor the rare whisky or the perfectly cooked bacon, then at least make it in for the ice presentation. Certainly, there's nothing else like it in town.

As we mentioned, reservations are required for £10. Call 310-860-5808 to save your seat. Fun fact: If you call before the bar opens, a recording in the Scottish brogue of The Macallan Ambassador himself will greet you.

[Disclosure: £10 invited us to check out their offerings but all views and opinions expressed are our own. And we certainly didn't order any of the rare whiskys.]

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