One would have had to be on a prolonged vacation not to have noticed the amount of bars, private members clubs and watering holes multiplying across Europe. What sparked this trend is a matter of debate though one cannot underestimate the influence of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning American television series "Mad Men" on our habits. Even teetotalers are polishing up their Baccarat crystal glasses and filling them with iceâ€”just for the sound effects.
You can, however, credit David Collins, the designer behind the Blue Bar at the Berkeley and the bars at Claridge's and the Connaught, for making hotel bars the most glamorous destination places in London. Clients (Madonna and Tom Ford included) often ask him for exact replicas. "People tend to entertain on a different scale now. It is not always the commitment of cooking dinner, so a great way to be hospitable with relatively low inconvenience is to have people for pre-dinner drinks, but with all the trimmings: martini, lemon, sliced apple, etc., and of course great glasses," he says.
Source: The Wall Street Journal