Newest Review: ... in the early evening all the un-cool kids are kicked out. I have never been around for this ceremony, so I don’t know whether t... more
It’s official – I’m not cool
Met Bar (London)
Member Name: gollygumdrops
Met Bar (London)
Date: 22/07/00, updated on 22/07/00 (213 review reads)
Advantages: Great fruit drinks
Disadvantages: More cold than cool
The Met Bar is located inside the Metropolitan on Old Park Lane, by Hyde Park Corner, squeezed between the Inter Continental and the London Hilton.
During the day you can stop in for lunch with drinks, or coffee. Prices aren’t too obscene for this part of town, but if you are on a budget, keep on walking. Expect to pay £50 for burgers and beers for two. They do, however, offer a wonderful range of freshly squeezed fruit juice cocktails, again not cheap, but delicious and actually good for you.
At some point in the early evening all the un-cool kids are kicked out. I have never been around for this ceremony, so I don’t know whether they get asked to leave or whether anyone with the cash, the nerve, and the bladder for it can hold a sit in from mid afternoon until the club crowd kick in.
Once the Met Bar door police decide it is evening then it is virtually impossible for non-members to cross the threshold. There are exceptions: famous people, beautiful people, and the occasional big tipper can get past the Donna Karan clad bouncers. Another option is to join Puff Daddy’s entourage for the evening, he’ll never notice a couple of dozen extra hangers on.
Hotel residents are granted temporary membership, and although this does not guarantee entry, it is usually a fairly safe bet, provided you don’t turn up in a home knitted vest. If you can sneak in really badly dressed expect to see a rash of ‘it’ people wearing granny’s wardrobe next week.
Sadly once inside at night I realised I’m either very old or very un-cool. It’s tiny, it’s dark, it’s loud and the clientele are so preoccupied with being in the right place, doing the right thing with the right people that it is really no fun. I have no problem with paying over the odds for a top night out, but I expect to have a laugh, and enjoy my weekends, not worry about exactly what shade of black will
go best with Zoes new Jimmy Choos.
Give the Met Bar a miss, and head to your favorite club safe in the knowledge that you would not want to be a member here, especially if they let you in!
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