Located near the hipster Lower East Side, speakeasy Please Don’t Tell (PDT) is famed for being one of the hardest secret drinking dens in New York to get into. It couldn’t be further from the deep-carpeted, five-star polished sleekness of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona. But that is where it will pop up for the month of September. Running in collaboration with Diageo World Class, the high-end collection of spirits from the drinks company’s Reserve collection, it takes place in the hotel’s Banker’s Bar.
Just like in New York, patrons will enter through a hidden phone booth and be served by PDT founder and cocktail supremo Jim Meehan and his colleagues, who will be shaking up drinks made with locally sourced ingredients, making them unique to the hotel. As a nod to the original, which was beside a hot dog restaurant, there will be luxe hot dogs served to guests. A number of stellar chefs have come on board to create versions of the snack, including Joan Roca from three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca, Albert Adriàwho worked at elBulli, and Gastón Acurio from Astrid y Gastón in Lima, Peru.
It won’t be secret for long.