An Evening of Luxury Cocktails at Deep Blue Bar
Every once in a while it’s nice to go out for fancier cocktails than usual. Now that the Dedeman has been reopened as the the Akra Barut, I thought I’d drop into the hotel’s Deep Blue Bar to see if it lived up to its stellar reviews.
The hotel and the bar certainly did make a good first impression. A lot of attention has been paid to detail in the design.
The cocktail menu was equally impressive, boasting newer recipes alongside the classics. I asked the bartender, Ozan, for a recommendation, and he suggested I start with the Raspberry Collins. It was perfectly mixed, not too sweet, and the presentation was simple and elegant.
For my second cocktail, Ozan recommended the Roasted Toasted Almond. For those with a sweet tooth, it’s a perfect choice, featuring Amaretto, Baileys, Kahlúa, and almond purée, with a finely-chopped sugared almond rim. Decadent, certainly, but it makes for a great cocktail ‘dessert’.
On a subsequent visit to Deep Blue Bar I got the chance to try several other cocktails. All were excellent, but the Mai Tai in particular warranted a second round.
Deep Blue Bar is located inside the newly-redesigned Akra Barut hotel (formerly the Dedeman). Once inside the hotel, turn left at reception and walk all the way to the end— you can’t miss the sign. Drinks are served alongside fresh çerez from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.