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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eau-De-Vie

Sven Almenning and other members of the Behind Bars promotional crew opened this temple to the cocktail and its creators, past and present, in January

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bar Gran Canale at Bauer Hotel

Bar Gran Canale is one of two bars within the deluxe, five star Bauer Hotel (the other being the B Bar). It lies, as the name would suggest, to the rear

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The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

One of the most praised and awarded bars in the world, The Dead Rabbit is headed up Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the duo who rose to prominence a Belfast's

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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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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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The Diamond

Neatly solving the dilemma of where to go to start/end the evening in Gastown, The Diamond offers not just 1 but 2 bars within its exposed brick walls;

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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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Jose Tapas Bar

José is a wonderfully authentic sherry and tapas bar occupying a tiny corner shop mid-way down Bermondsey Street. As well as hailing from the home of

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Upupa Epops

New cocktail bar close to the center of Athens (about 10 minutes with taxi). Great cocktails and ambience in a traditional 'old Athenian' scenery.

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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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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 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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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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Bistro 100 Maneiras

Gothic style and Latin-influenced cocktails in a stylish restaurant bar helmed by a celebrity chef. Yugoslavian chef Ljubomir Stanisic is Portugal’s

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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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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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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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Charles Lamb

The street on which this pub stands is named Elia, after the pen name used by the essayist Charles Lamb when he contributed to The London Magazine in the

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Atlas

Epic art deco lobby bar with over 1100 gins in a three-storey back bar tower. We’re familiar with hotels spending seven figures on a statement lobby

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Pavilhão Chinês

Enjoy retro cocktails in one of the world’s most bizarre bar interiors. The most famous of the bars created by the late Lisbon bar maven Luis Pinto

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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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Gilbert Scott Bar

George Gilbert Scott was the architect responsible for St. Pancras, and the bar attached to Marcus Wareing's new restaurant in the hotel is a fitting tribute

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Skinny's Lounge

An oasis amid the tourist joints of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, Skinny's is a textbook perfect little dive bar, owned and operated by bartenders with serious

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Odori

The third bar offering from the folk behind the Clumsies, Odori opened in May 2016. With its slightly elevated position up a few steps, Odori has the appearance

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Theory Bar & More

A high-volume bar out in the northern suburbs, Theory has crack team of bartenders which knock out simple but tasty cocktails. One to remember in the summer

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Her Majesty's Secret Service

Right at the entrance to Clifton Down train station sits HMSS. You enter through a traditional and iconic British red phone box into an equally British

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Noel

One of the most popular bars downtown. Actually, two bars joined by an alley in the same building. Noel is best described as theatrical, offering good

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Temple Bar

From the oak panelled walls to the glistening cherrywood bar, from the velvet clad seating to the heavy curtains, Temple Bar has the look and feel of a

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The Union Trading Company

Chef Austin Hu and Shanghai cocktail star Yao Lu own and operate this long, narrow two-storey space, which opened in July 2014 in (but of course!) the