When it comes to new DuPont circle bars on the scene, consider bar Doyle the lofty destination for fans of European style, superior service, and imaginative cocktail menus.
Formerly known as Bar Dupont, bar Doyle was designed by renowned Swedish architect Martin Brudnizk and New York-based designer Clodagh.
Situated inside the DuPont Circle hotel, Bar Doyle features geometric tiled floors and wood paneling set on a color scheme of jewel tones. But aside from the stunning decor, the location boasts experienced mixologists who know everything about creating the perfect drink.
At the helm of their ambitious drink program is lead bartender Mehdi Bouzaki. We caught up with Bouzaki for his thoughts on a true cocktail connoisseurs.
What impresses you the most about a client’s drink order?
“As a bartender, I’m always impressed by the knowledge of the guest,” says Bouzaki.
“I love when a connoisseur comes to the bar and is interested in the details of a drink. For example, a guest will order a classic Manhattan but will choose their favorite rye whiskey, a different vermouth or a substitute like Amaro, and different bitters.”
‘What is happening here is the guest knows exactly what they want. It makes my job way easier and most of the time I end up learning something new. It’s comforting knowing there are passionate people not just behind the bar but on the other side of it too.”
What to Order at Bar Doyle
If you find yourself looking for a Dupont Circle bar with serious cocktails on the menu, Bouzaki recommends pulling up a chair at Bar Doyle and ordering up “The Last Word”. The recipe consists of Greenhat Gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liquor, and fresh lime juice. In true connoisseur fashion, Bouzaki recommends swapping the Green Chartreuse with St. Germain for an equally great experience.
Looking to pair your cocktail with food? Tastemaker and culinary consultant Karine Bakhoum has added savory bites like burrata cheese, bay scallops, and braised short ribs to the menu.