Amsterdam is a tolerant city, especially where vices are concerned, and thanks to this broad-minded attitude many tourists arrive in search of 'a smoke'
Balmy weather, great shops, world famous art galleries, a sandy (manmade) Mediterranean beach and breath-taking architecture. Barcelona has all this and more besides. Its club scene is world famous, its restaurants are outstanding and we list nearly 20 world class cocktail bars and lounges below, plus our tips and favourite hotels.
Once known as the Paris of the East, the capital of war-torn Lebanon still retains a surreal beauty, even though parts of it have been rebuilt twice in the last decade, and there's still work ongoing from the last Israeli bombing campaign in 2006. It is a city of contradictions and diversity on the edge of a world that might appear to tolerate neither of these.
Birmingham first grew to prominence in the 18th century when it was at the heart of the industrial revolution. Sadly severe bombing during WWII marred some of its Regency and Victorian magnificence but today it is still recognised as a major international commercial centre.
Although a bit tatty in places Brighton is a stimulating and timeless mix of Graham Greene, fairground rides on the pier, England by the seaside, lary hen and stag nights, cute home-making shops, artists being arty and alternative dressers. And of course it's famous as the gay capital of Britain. The marina out to the east feels a bit cut off from it all.
Once a major industrial city with one of the country's largest ports, Bristol is still England's tenth largest city. It was through Bristol that much of the UK's sherry, port, rum and table wines were imported and expert blenders worked in the dockside warehouses making now famous brands. The name Bristol Cream sherry is no coincidence.
When you think of Buenos Aires, most people think of steak, Malbec, and tango - but Argentina’s breathtaking capital offers so much more.
The skyscrapers of Chicago rise up from the western shores of Lake Michigan in a vista immortalised in a thousand gangster films. But, for all its lurid history, this is a friendly city. Chicagoans have a reputation for enjoying their food and loving their sports, while the city’s jazz scene is internationally known.
Most globetrotters will agree there is something especially pleasant about Copenhagen. Is it the seamless public transport? Its relatively small size?
The sea and the network of canals that cross Copenhagen are integral to its character –, by day you can enjoy coffee on the cobbled quayside cafes of the Nyhavn harbour district, at night the terraces of waterside restaurants fill up, and three miles to the south is Amager Stranpark, a vast white beach.
The Irish are famous for their warmth, hospitality and a good craic, qualities much evident in a good Irish pub. The Dublin originals remain special places, quite different to the Irish pub brand exported to cities around the world. Besides its quintessential pubs, Dublin now also boasts a growing number of refined cocktail lounges and craft beer bars.
Scotland's largest city is an industrial city and the shipyards on the River Clyde still function. Whisky is, however, now more visible than shipbuilding and a great many brands are bottled in the outskirts of the city and the motorway from the airport passes huge warehouses with recognisable names such as Chivas Regal.
Miami is famed for its Art Deco buildings, subtropical climate, sandy beaches, blue seas, nightlife and luxury living – well, Miami Beach is. Downtown Miami is a bustling metropolis housing big business with accompanying skyscrapers. Miami Beach is a separate island in the bay, linked to the mainland by causeways. Together they’re technically known as Greater Miami.
Milan boasts a vibrant cocktail scene with plenty of bars worthy of visiting. Handily, our favourites nestle in the city centre within walking distance
New Orleans has a cocktail heritage dating back to 1793 when John B. Schiller created the Sazerac, followed by Henry C. Ramos who came up with the Ramos Gin Fizz here in 1888. Looking at the lurid cocktails offered along today's Bourbon Street it's hard to believe, but Nola's bartenders continue in the tradition of Schiller and Ramos with the city’s top bars ranking among the world's best.
Although relatively small with a population of 600,000, Portland has a big reputation for its food and drink. Justifiably so, with a vibrant cocktail scene, some of America’s most regarded chefs and legendary street food with over 600 licensed carts. It also boasts more breweries and craft distilleries than any other city in America and has dozens of micro-coffee roasteries and cafes.
San Francisco is a relaxed, liberal, artsy sort of place and its nightlife runs the gamut from loud strip joints to downbeat lounges and upscale restaurants. Even outside the Castro, the city is extremely gay-friendly.
Blame it on the rain. Seattle's famously wet weather leads its citizens to seek solace in energizing coffee, invigorating rock music, and in small close-to-home bars that function as community living rooms. Most of the more notable cocktail bars can be found clustered in a few neighbourhoods though.
Steamy, tropical and high-rise, the tiny island state of Singapore is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the city's foodie reputation and a recent influx of international celebrity chefs, the drinks scene in Singapore is developing rapidly.
The following cocktail bars predominantly all lie within the city centre with many in walking distance of each other.
The spiritual, if not political, capital of Australia and home to almost a quarter of its population, Sydney sprawls along the shores and cliffs of the Tasman Sea, unfolding parks, skyscrapers, piers, landmarks and pretty Victorian suburbs into those long, flat horizons Australia does so well.
Toronto has come a long way since British actor/director/playwright Peter Ustinov called it “a kind of New York run by the Swiss”. It’s still clean and remarkably safe, but has also become a lot more fun.
Cradled between the mountains and ocean, bristling with Pacific Northwest beauty, gleaming glass high-rises and blessed with a mild (but admittedly rainy) climate, there’s no doubt that when it comes to Canadian cities, Vancouver bagged all the looks.
Ancient, romantic and picturesque, the city of Venice sits precariously on a series of mud banks that lie in a lagoon off Italy’s north-eastern coast. Four hundred bridges traverse some 150 canals in this watery city which lies defenceless to the tidal whims of the Adriatic. Breathtaking architecture is set amidst narrow streets and canals giving a picture postcard view around every corner
Αμβούργο: City & Bar guide
Το Αμβούργο αποτελεί την δεύτερη μεγαλύτερη πόλη της Γερμανίας, ενώ το λιμάνι του αποτελεί το μεγαλύτερο της χώρας και το δεύτερο στην Ευρώπη. Οι γερανοί δίπλα στις αποβάθρες, οι παλιές αποθήκες, και οι γλάροι που φωνάζουν, όλα είναι συνώνυμα μιας περιοχής η οποία είναι όμορφα ‘απλωμένη’ πλάι σε δύο μεγάλες λίμνες και τον ποταμό Elbe.
Βερολίνο: Οδηγός των μπαρ
Το Βερολίνο πιστεύω ότι είναι η πολιτισμική πρωτεύουσα της Ευρώπης, με αμέτρητα μουσεία, μουσική σκηνή που θα ζήλευε και το Λονδίνο και πρωτοποριακές ιδέες στον τομέα της γαστρονομίας οι οποίες αντιγράφονται από την Νέα Υόρκη μέχρι το Σύδνεϋ.
Εδιμβούργο: Οδηγός των μπαρ
Το Εδιμβούργο είναι μια πόλη με πολλά πρόσωπα. Είναι η πατρίδα του Braveheart και του Trainspotting, του Military Tattoo αλλά και του Edinburgh Festival, ενώ διαθέτει και μία αξιοθαύμαστη αρχιτεκτονική που περιλαμβάνει από το Κάστρο της πόλης μέχρι την παλιά Μεσαιωνική πόλη.
Παρίσι: Ο πλήρης οδηγός των μπαρ της πόλης
Στα μάτια των περισσοτέρων, το Παρίσι είναι το σύμβολο του πολιτισμού, το κέντρο της γαστρονομίας, της μόδας, του design, αλλά και της ελευθερίας. Μπορεί η πόλη να είναι περήφανη για την ιστορία και την αρχιτεκτονική της, όμως αυτό δεν σημαίνει πως είναι κολλημένη στο παρελθόν.
Σαγκάη: Οδηγός πόλης
Η Σαγκάη αποτελεί την κινητήριο δύναμη της Κίνας. Η πόλη φιλοξενεί μία κοινωνία με πληθυσμό εικοσιπέντε εκατομμυρίων ατόμων, μεγαλύτερο από όσο οι περισσότερες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες έχουν συνολικά και εξακολουθεί να αυξάνεται διαρκώς.
Τα καλύτερα cocktail bar του Λονδίνου
Τα μπαρ που ακολουθούν σερβίρουν πάντα καλοφτιαγμένα cocktail, ανεξάρτητα με το ποιος bartender τα ετοιμάζει ή ποια ώρα και μέρα της εβδομάδας είναι, παράγοντες οι οποίοι πολλές φορές αλλάζουν εντελώς το αποτέλεσμα. Εκτός όμως από καλά cocktail, τα συγκεκριμένα μπαρ προσφέρουν και ένα όμορφο περιβάλλον αλλά και πολύ καλό service.