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Door 74

For our review of Door 74, please see our Amsterdam’s 10 best cocktail bars page.

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PDT

PDT (short for Please Don't Tell) is one of the original Manhattan bars modelled on Prohibition speakeasies. This one is a rather wonderful cocktail lounge,

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Tayer + Elementary

At first glance, this is yet another brutalist Shoreditch/Hoxton/Old Street bar with bare concrete, exposed aircon ducking and raw steel trunking. But

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Polly

It’s easy to miss this Fitzroy long-stayer, just across the road from the better-known Black Pearl. The classical statuary and pot plants in the conservatory

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J.D. William's Whisky Bar

For our review of J.D. Williams, please see our Amsterdam’s 10 best cocktail bars page.

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Ladder Shed at Chiltern Firehouse

This hotel, restaurant, bar and cobbled garden courtyard are housed in a former Grade II listed gothic Victorian fire station on the eponymous upmarket

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Kwãnt

You can take the boy out of the five-star hotel but you can’t take the five-star hotel out of the boy! Erik Lorincz’s new bar, Kwãnt, operates to

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Bodega Negra

Two concepts, two entrances, almost one site. The café & taqueria is reached from Moor Street: the restaurant and cellar is reached from Old Compton

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Nottingham Forest

The Nottingham forest was opened in 1970 by Carlo Comini, Dario’s father. In 1980 under the guide of Dario Comini the Nottingham Forest became one of

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Manhattan

On the first floor of the imposing Regent Hotel, this jewel-like enclave is what all hotel bars would aspire to if only they had the funds. Plush dark

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Bar Totti's

Merivale's famed Italian joint has made the transition from Bondi to the CBD – fronting the Ivy Precinct on George Street with its wood-fired oven and

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The Beaufort Bar

The Beaufort bar occupied the space which was formerly the hotel's cabaret stage, previously graced by the likes of George Gershwin, who premiered Rhapsody

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Harry Gordon's Bar

Take the escalator down to the lower ground floor of Selfridges to find its spanking new drinks department, with a bar nestled in the middle. Named after

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Gollem's Proeflokaal

When the original 'Café Gollem' opened in 1974 it was the first bar in Amsterdam to offer a large range of specialist Belgian and other foreign

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Byrdi

Byrdi is a bar unlike any other, pulling the concepts of seasonality and locality together with culinary techniques, in a venue that is both day and night,

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Feijoa

This good-time bar is named after the fruit that flourishes in South America and New Zealand, and indeed the fruit crops up in some of the cocktails served

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Satan's Whiskers

A former jerk chicken restaurant has been reborn a 50-cover cocktail den with a mix of eccentric taxidermy, candle-lit seating and grungy east end watering

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Barfish

Built to accompany Blowfish, the upscale Asian restaurant with which it shares an entrance, Barfish can easily be said to be the prettiest bar space in

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Le Lion - Bar de Paris

Widely recognised as being one of the world's 20 best bars, Le Lion lies behind a locked door and buzzer system but is open to anyone who makes a reservation.

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Meat Mission

This Shoreditch offshoot of Meat Liquor takes over a former church hall in this cobbled square next to Hoxton Square. There's less graffiti and it feels

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Cerveteca Lisboa

200-odd brews and more on tap in Lisbon’s original and best-regarded craft beer bar. Lisbon’s original craft beer bar, and still its best-regarded,

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American Bar at The Savoy

Perhaps the most famous hotel in the world, The Savoy reopened in 2010 after a three-year, £100m+ refurbishment. While the rest of the hotel now sparkles

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The Botanist

Another from the Tom and Ed Martin stable, the Botanist is slap-bang on Sloane Square. Named in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, a botanist, it is brightly decorated

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Clover Club

Clover Club has the same owner as the Flatiron Lounge in Midtown Manhattan: there, Julie Reiner's drinks have a contemporary bent, but here in Brooklyn

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Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay was inspired by the nonsensical poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll and the Mad Hatter decor and cocktails found here make for a refreshing

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The Domino Club

A small barber shop in a covered shopping arcade is the unlikely and well disguised entrance to one of Leeds’, and indeed the UK’s best bars. The dark

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Arnaud's French 75 Bar

In 1918, a colourful French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened the grand restaurant that bears his name. Once the Old Grill Bar, the renamed and

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Dry Martini & Speakeasy

Dry Martini is something of a relic from a bygone era with its much used wooden bar and panelling aging gracefully. The service is also distinctly old

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Capitano

Carlton's Capitano might not look it, but this small Italian restaurant on the corner of Rathdowne and Palmerston serves up some of the very best drinks

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High Sushi Salsa

Most visitors to Camden Lock looking for a drink at the water's edge in warmer weather will flock to an enormous Wetherspoon's pub. We prefer something

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Rules Cocktail Bar

Rules was established by Thomas Rule in 1798 making it the oldest restaurant in London. It serves traditional British food, specialising in classic game,

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The Bon Vivant

Defined as a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially food and drink, Bon Vivant is co-owned by Stuart McCluskey - enough said. Lying on

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Eileen's Bar - Four Pillars

Branded bars are tricky to pull off, without a diverse enough catalogue the drinking can get monotonous, the branding can be too in your face and they

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King Cole Bar & Lounge

This traditional, luxurious hotel bar has its own place in cocktail history for it was here that Fernand Petiot probably perfected and certainly popularised

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Bread Street Kitchen

We first visited Bread Street Kitchen when it launched and despite the opulent setting and an offering of two bars, the cocktails were below standard.

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Papillon & Sophie's Bars at Bank Hotel

The Papillon Bar is tucked away, off to the left from the Bank Hotel's lobby entrance. It is intimate, elegant and refined with wall-to-wall carpet and

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Hiding in Plain Sight

For our review of Hiding In Plain Sight, please see our Amsterdam’s 10 best cocktail bars page.

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Alberto's Lounge

In the no man's land that sits between the city and Surry Hills, dominated by unkempt carparks and gloomy office blocks, this late-night laneway diner

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Castor Club

The cocktail bars based in Rive Gauche (left bank) can be counted on the fingers of one hand, still near Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can find one

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Red Light

Looking for Red Light can be a real challenge for those who have never visited before. Another speakeasy in the Bristol bar scene with a luminous red

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Sun Liquor Distillery & Bar

Sun Liquor owns two venues in Seattle: one a lounge and the other this bar/distillery. A small copper pot and small column still can be seen through a

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Buck & Breck

Rather than the bar’s name, outside there’s simply a neon sign flashing “closed”. Off-putting perhaps, but such is this bar’s reputation that

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Death & Company

To the uninitiated this bar's name could suggest a funeral parlour run by the grim reaper himself. Actually, and rather innocently, it is a clever reference

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A for Athens

A for Athens is a contemporary hotel in the centre of Athens that's known for its rooftop cocktail bar that overlooks Monastiraki square below with panoramic

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Attaboy

When the late Sasha Petraske took Milk & Honey to the Flatiron, ace bartenders Sam Ross & Michael McIlroy stayed behind, and opened up Attaboy in its former

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Talea

In nature the Talea is a cut, a manual intervention to detach a part of the original plant and put it elsewhere to root. Talea is an experimental cocktail

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Milk & Honey

Sasha Petraske opened the original Milk & Honey in New York back in 2000. Many awards followed and it achieved legendary status in the bar world, spawning

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Canon Bar

Canon is the cocktail bar founded in 2011 by Jamie Boudreau, one of Seattle's most influential bartenders. The small space is gorgeously appointed in

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The Holy Birds

Best described as a posh Nando's with great cocktails and 1960s furnishings, The Holy Birds is officially billed as being London's first poultry dining

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The Connaught Bar

Formerly known as the American Bar, the Connaught was named World's Best Hotel Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans in 2010 and again in 2016. Head