The Surrey's Mixologists are Now Making House Calls
We love that hotels have embraced the cocktail culture and have upped the game with superlative sippings that make ordering a simple gin and tonic an embarrassment these days.
No, folks are getting fancy, not only at the bar, but they've brought it to the hotel room, too. Take the In-Room Cocktail Program at The Surrey Hotel, a swank hotel on New York's Upper East Side. They go a step further than bringing you the ingredients to make cocktails in the comfort of your room. They'll do it for you.
Dial room service and a well-trained and dapper mixologist from the hotel's Bar Pleiades will select a pint-size bottle of the booze of your choice—from Grey Goose vodka to Hudson Baby bourbon—and bring it to your room via a silver-tray topped wooden cart.
Oh, we love that they even have hard-to-find Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer on hand to create authentic Bermudian Dark n’ Stormy’s. Using said cart that holds mixers, muddlers, and the fixins', the bartender creates your first round of drinks.
So, who'd sign up for such a service? Turns out, quite a few people. The Surrey says the program is popular with the pre-theater crowd who want basil-lime gimlets (a hotel specialty made with basil leaves, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and Grey Goose) served in their room before they go out for the evening. It also appeals to late-night revelers seeking their own private party when the hotel's bars are busy or closed for the evening.
We’re told guests can reserve this service for up to four of their nearest and dearest pals (you'll get about 4-5 drinks out of the bottle). The price starts at $45 depending on the bottle you choose, which is a lot cheaper than table service at a New York City club, and less expensive than your average bar tab, that's for sure.
Rates begin at $445 a night.