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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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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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Door 74

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

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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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Harry's Bar

The most famous bar in Italy and one of the most famous in the world, Harry's was opened in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani. While part of its notoriety derives

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Jeff Berry's Latitude 29

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry is perhaps the best-known man in the world of Tiki so when he and his wife Annene moved to New Orleans and then announced they were

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Malmaison

When you step off the busy main road into Malmaison, you’ll be taken back by the serenity that’s been created in the bar. The high ceilings, soft music

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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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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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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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Bar Missoni

Missoni is the first hotel from the eponymous Italian fashion house, until now better known for its knitwear than its hotel and catering operations. Bar

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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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Goldene

Located in the Haus der Kunst (which translates as 'art museum'), Goldene (which translates as, er, 'golden') is a beautiful room decorated with gold mosaic

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Le Cellar at Galvin

Although practically hidden in the basement of Galvin Bistro De Lux on Baker Street, and reached only via a tiny stairwell from the middle of the dining

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Lucy's Flower Shop

A non-descript doorway leads to an unattended florist shop and then, when you find the door, this hidden basement cocktail bunker of a bar. Lucy's is

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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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Le Bar (Park Hyatt)

When you walk into the understated entrance of this slick modern hotel look out for a bronze sculpture of two figures reaching up and welcoming you in.

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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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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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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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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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Parque Central

Havana's only five star hotel has a plethora of bars to choose from - it's conjoined with a new wing that is a distinct hotel in itself, but also serves

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Morse Bar at the Randolph Hotel

The Morse bar is named after a once-famous TV detective show set in Oxford. Several scenes were shot here and its wood-panelled walls are peppered with

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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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Ramblin Rascal Tavern

There's only one place in Sydney where you'll find a horse head mask, an inflatable sex doll, a lucha libra mask and an Aboriginal flag all in one room,

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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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Bramble

Aptly described by Jason Scott, one of its owners, as a drinking den-come-cocktail lounge. This dimly-lit semi-subterranean space, accessed down an innocuous

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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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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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Bitter Sweet

This visually stunning bar sits in a subterranean tunnel that was once home to the legendary Pinstripe Club. The intimate space is made to feel bigger

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Flying Dutchmen Cocktails

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

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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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Wahaca Terrace

If Mexican cuisine is generally still in 'junior school' in the UK (compared to the US, say, and of course Mexico itself) Thomasina Myers' Wahaca concept

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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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The Whisky Room

The Whisky Room is upstairs from the Red Rock pub, and is a delightful little bar with clubby leather chesterfields, barrels for tables, with whisky paraphernalia

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Bar Basso

This classic bar survives, practically untouched, since the late 1950s. It is where Mirko Stocchetto, the bar’s owner, created the Negroni Sbagliato

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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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Bar Tabacco

Just down the road from Munich's ongoing Michael Jackson memorial at Promenadeplatz (no, us either!), Bar Tabacco's wood-panelled surroundings might suggest

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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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Shady Pines Saloon

Now, any set of notes which begin This is a fucking great bar! would normally be followed by a couple of pages of hieroglyphics and some rather, erm, soft

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Holy Spirit

Situated out in the Southern suburbs, this is by far the best bar in the area. Funky and colourful - both the bar and the cocktails they serve. Holy Spirit

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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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Brandy Library

The name hints at what to expect: wood, floor to ceiling book case-style shelves lined with brandies from around the world. The selection is incredible,

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Artesian

The Artesian is named after the 360 foot artesian well beneath the foundations of the hotel, which supplied the original hotel during its Victorian heyday.

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CV Distiller

Huge collection of whiskies and rums. Simple classic cocktails. We've listed this as being in the central area - it is but it's also a short taxi ride

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1105 Bar

Named after the postal code in which it resides, 1105 is what in American might be described as an 'ultra lounge', basically a micro nightclub with a disproportionately

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Tio's Cerveceria

Whatever your drinking dilemma, it's likely Surry Hills' Tio's Cerveceria has the remedy. Cheap cocktails in the sun? Grab a seat at a new outdoor table

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The Trap

Hidden down a narrow alleyway off the Syntagma Square, directly opposite the Grand Bratagne hotel. The entrance to the alley is next to Alpha Bank. Although

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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