About Brown's Hotel
Intimate sophistication. Playful decadence. Scintillating cocktails. The Donovan Bar has long been the destination of choice for Mayfair’s most discerning sippers. Inspired by its namesake, celebrated photographer Terence Donovan, this stylish drinking den is adorned with his iconic 1960s prints and sleek, photography-themed accents.
The Donovan Bar’s impeccable cocktail menu comes courtesy of the legendary maestro of cocktails, Salvatore Calabrese—who has created a sublime list marrying his personal classics with original concoctions.
Relax with an aperitif, savour mouth-watering bar snacks or enjoy an after-dark libation tucked away in the Donovan Bar’s ‘Naughty Corner’.
Drinks Maestro Salvatore Calabrese
A man who needs little introduction, Salvatore Calabrese is one of the world’s leading bartenders and former President of the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild. This master mixologist has prepared cocktails for movie stars, royalty and presidents alike. Salvatore honed his expertise with more than forty years in top hotels, private members clubs and the world’s best cocktail bars. In 1980, Salvatore moved to England and joined Dukes Hotel, where he created the recipe for the ultimate Dry Martini. He later worked at the Lanesborough Hotel and ran his own bar at the Fifty St James club.
Bar Manager Maurizio Palermo
Born in Belvedere, southern Italy, Palermo was clearly destined for a triumphant career in the drinks industry. Maurizio Palermo’s journey began at the tender age of 16; he has since worked at the prestigious Bar 45 at the 45 Park Lane Hotel and later joined forces with Calabrese at The Playboy Club. You can find Maurizio Palermo behind the bar meticulously crafting the perfect cocktail, telling a guest a Brown’s illustrious tale or two or playing host in the Donovan Bar’s hidden ‘naughty corner’, tucked away in the dramatic surroundings of the bar.
Assistant Bar Manager Federico Pavan
With over 10 years in the industry, creating cocktails for the refined, the rich and the famous, Pavan is dedicated to seamless service and inimitable attention to detail. Right hand man to Bar Manager, Maurizio Palermo, Pavan is the soul behind the menu and precision behind the bar. Follow his unwritten journey with the first chapter starting at The Donovan Bar.