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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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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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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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Door 74

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

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Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar

Ladies that lunch, also shop and drink. Harvey Nichols is one of their favourite places to do all three. Chaps don’t fear. You can avoid trudging through

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The Stag's Head

Skilled Victorian craftsman made this a spectacular pub and it is quite possibly Dublin's best preserved Victorian pub. Carved mahogany covers the walls,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Dorchester Bar

The Dorchester sits majestically on Park Lane, oozing elegance, decorum and staid tradition. So its bar may come as something of a shock to older regulars.

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Senios Café Bar

Lying on a pedestrian street in Athens’ textile neighbourhood, Senios (which opened in October 2018) is the third all-day café bar by the team behind

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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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Pizarro Restaurant & Bar

Jose Pizarro opened his standing-room-only sherry and tapas bar further up fashionable Bermondsey Street in 2011 and so popular was it that he followed

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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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A newly launched multifaceted venue for Hackney which combines lives music, food and drink. Tucked away beside Hackney Central overground inside a large

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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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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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Coya Pisco Bar

Cashing in on the Latin American theme storming London, Coya is a Peruvian bar and restaurant along the Green Park end of Piccadilly, where modern bar

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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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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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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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Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC LES)

The Lower East Side outpost of a French-owned line of cocktail bars. Experimental Cocktail Club New York joins its siblings in London and Paris, bringing

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La Perla Bar

Located just a stone's throw from the Notre Dame cathedral and on the edge of the pretty Marais district, this corner site is definitely well located.

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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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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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Bar Tozino

The railway arches around Bermondsey's Maltby Street, particularly on Ropewalk, have turned into a foodie's heaven as those in the know abandon Borough

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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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Ricks combines boutique 4 star hotel with ten 'super-chic' rooms with bar and restaurant. It is also little sister to Tigerlily close by but is very different

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Super Lyan

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

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Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge

The Carousel Piano Bar opened in 1949 and is so named because the circular 25-seat island bar rotates, transporting barflies one revolution every fifteen

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The Voodoo Rooms

The Voodoo Rooms occupies the same architecturally magnificent building as the Cafe Royal and comprises of five large rooms and three bars - The Bar &

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Scarfes Bar Rosewood Hotel

Scarfes Bar sits across the courtyard entrance from Holborn Dining Room and is the Rosewood hotel's official bar. It's been decorated to resemble a plush

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The Albion pub

A gentrified pub in the equally upmarket residential hinterland between Islington's Upper Street and the Caledonian Road. The Albion is a large Georgian

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Oxford's most renowned and respected bar continues to occupy the number one spot with some ease. Situated in a retro-styled space over three levels in

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Charles H.

Named after legendary drinks writer Charles H. Baker, this is a cocktail bar discreetly hidden in the lower levels of Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Lorenzo

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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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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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Farr's School of Dancing

Farr's was an old dance school, now stripped out and turned into a charming and spacious neighbourhood bar. It's interior is a mixture of eclectic seating

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Aqua Shard

Following a different format to its sister site in Argyll Street, Aqua Shard is a British restaurant with a large cocktail lounge area. It's the lowest

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Cantinone gia Schiavi Enoteca

Something of a cross between a wine shop, coffee shop and an osteria (tapas bar), this quaint little place is set in a picturesque canalside location.

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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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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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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 Bar Downstairs

Occupying a large elegant space hidden beneath the Andaz Hotel in Midtown, the Bar Downstairs is a bit difficult to find. But find the discreet sign, descend

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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.