If you’ve ever fancied sipping on a Manhattan in Manhattan or yearned for a Singapore Sling in Singapore, read on. Today, we’re going to take you round the world to discover just where you can enjoy the very best – yes, you’ve guessed it – Around The World cocktail bar.
Little Red Door, Paris
A cosy little cocktail bar in the city’s third arrondissement, there’s no point trying to identify the red door anywhere along Rue Charlot. That’s because it’s a quirky design feature on the bar, far too small for anyone to get through.
A classic hipster hangout in Shoreditch, Nightjar is named after a bird that only comes out at night. There’s a distinctly steampunk feel to the place and there’s also nightly jazz and other live music too.
Speak Low, Shanghai
Modelled on the speakeasy clubs of America in the 1920s and 30s, Speak Low also has a distinctly Asian twist – plus zero chance of a surprise raid by the Chicago Police Department on the trail of bootleggers.
NoMad Bar, New York
With its long, dark wooden bar lined with high stools, this bar could have come straight from the set of Mad Men. Plus, just next to Broadway, it’s just a block or two from Madison Avenue. In charge of the bar, which is part of the hotel of the same name, is the award-winning mixologist Leo Robitschek.
Operation Dagger, Singapore
Operation Dagger is especially famous for its adventurous cocktail menu including its signature drink The Egg – a blend of yolk liqueur, vanilla essence and hay. Quite a combination, we think you’ll agree.
Linje Tio, Stockholm
Translated, this means “Line 10” – a reference to the Stockholm tram that used to pass close by. Not only does it feature a wine bar and a cocktail bar there’s also a barber on site who can give you a trim as you tipple.
High Five, Tokyo
When they’ve had their fill of Japanese cuisine staples sushi, sashimi and tempura, people head for the dark and jazzy High Five in Tokyo’s Ginza district for one reason alone – to sample the unique creations of one of the country’s leading mixologists, the legendary Hidetsugo Ueno.
Baxter Inn, Sydney
The recently refurbished Baxter Inn may just look like an old-style pub but venture inside and you’ll find one of the city’s most unusual and sophisticated cocktail menus, as well as the perfect meeting place that’s lively all week round.
Sunland Baobab, Limpopo
This surely has to be the world’s most unusual venue for a bar – within the hollowed-out trunk of an African baobab tree that’s also 72 feet tall. And with a 155-foot internal circumference, there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Guaca Taina, Dominican Republic
And this must be the most atmospheric situated as it is 60 feet below ground in a cave with stalagmites and stalactites and beautifully lit to make the most of its features. Perfect if you like your drinks on the rocks.
So there you are – ten of the world’s very best drinking den – and the makings of the world’s most expensive bar-crawl!