There’s always that one bar you wish you went on your travels, the one your mate raved about and your hair dresser always seems to know! Well here they are an unlikely combo – each offering that pzaz that every good bar should have.
No. 5 – The Keefer Bar, Vancouver
Its a no brainer to kick the night off at happy hour (5-7pm) where the drinks are cheap and the atmosphere is alive. The Keefer is the place to not only begin the night but end the night too. Being only 9 minutes from Central, Vancouver – it’s a stones throw from the heart, meaning the who’s who will be there.
Danielle Tatarin, well known for her classic cocktails with an eastern medicinal twist, has put The Keefer on the map. Whether you sit up at the bar watching Tatarin suspend a cocktail or sit in the Chinese infused setting with mates you’re sure to find your niche and be content not to move.
A sneak peak into the atmosphere gives the shrewd, discerning, drinker a glimpse into the cocktails. With names such as Wenxu, Laoshi, Haokan – the mood that is aroused comes from an Asian inspired feeling of satisfaction and health with a touch of cheek. As the Wallpaper Magazine so eloquently put it, “Delightfully seedy”.
No. 4 – The Cave Bar More, Dubrovnik Croatia
As the name suggests – a bar in a cave.
The raw natural cave brings the feeling of excitement and wonder the second you step in. The prestigious bar boasts its uniqueness and stature with three levels of the cave that has to be seen to be believed. You get the feeling that your apart of a childrens movie with alcohol served, whats not to like.
The bar is conveniently located below The Hotel More making it the perfect place to have a few drinks and only have to walk to the elevator to get home. Each area has a different feel, ranging from cute quiet corners with your partner or loud and rousey open areas with your mates in the middle bar. There are only 60 people allowed in the door at any one time so make sure you get in quick before the mad rush begins. Whether you’re inside or outside watching the view go by the bar offers it all.
This bar is open everyday of the week, 10am to 11pm daily.
No. 3 – The Dead Rabbit, New York
In New York, there’s no better place to while the time away than The Dead Rabbit.
With its fusion of the old and new, it evokes a sense of modern tradition. Bringing together the old world charm of Irish-American and modern day New York.
Just a short stroll from Whitehall station, it’s convenience to the city makes it a must see. The Taproom downstairs offers a pub atmosphere whilst the Parlour upstairs is class, class, class – serving drinks dreamed up in the nineteenth century corridors.
The bars reputation precedes it with its many awards and events being held here. You will not be disappointed.
No 2 Ice Bar, Stockholm
Only a short stroll from Stockholm Central Station is a bar that you could only dream about. The worlds first permanent ice bar, with an ever changing design. As the ice melts it gives the opportunity for the architects to create a whole new ice experience. This brings the element of surprise every time you go amplifying your excitement and enhanceing the sensations, time and time again.
From the bar, the northern lights blaze with a hint of contrasts and colours bringing the conscience alive.
At a cool minus 7 degrees, warm clothes are imperative. Don’t sweat it though – they’re supplied. This bar charges an entry fee, however you will not begrudge the fee when you’re rugged up and enjoying your first drink for free.
If you hold on to your glass after your first drink then the refill price costs 95 kronor instead of the normal price of 125 kronor.
No 1 The Artesian, London
The place to be seen this year in London is only a short stroll from Oxford Circle Station. Known as the Artesian Bar, its relaxed modern oriental feel gives way to a venue that hosts a myriad of styles. Turning up after a day of work on the site is not going to cut it. This bar alludes to the finer cocktail party look. It is open every day of the week meaning it doesn’t matter the occasion its worth the effort
The prices are more expensive than most of your average bars, but you get what you pay for. All alcoholic cocktails are 18 euros and mocktails start at 10. You can buy all of the classics here, but the bar itself commands the astute drinker to try some unique drinks only The Artesian provides.
Exclusive to the Artesian is its use of three of the senses – touch, smell and visual. By providing the rare opportunity to indulge the senses, the bar has certainly provided a new experience for the sagacious person.
Every drink they serve represents a story and stories you will find everywhere. From the panda to the pineapple to the skull drinks they all come in shapes, sizes and quantities unlike any other bar. Its not until you have been there that you truly understand what i’m alluding too.
Its reputation precedes it and having been named the best bar four consecutive years in a row – you won’t be let down.