It’d be rude not to stop by for one drink…
One of the best parts about travelling the world is stumbling upon a hidden gem, free of tourists and packed with locals.
It makes you feel as though you’re really becoming a part of the city, and discovering what it really has to offer. Whether you’re sharing a drink with a local, a friend or a long-lost traveller like yourself, we’ve picked out 23 of the world’s best bars to drink at before you die. From some of the cheapest and most cheerful, to sophisticated venues, these drinking holes are sure to entice you in for a cocktail…or two.
1. Delirium, Brussels, Belgium
With over 2000 beers available on the menu as well as a bar dedicated solely to absinthe, Delirium is the place to go when visiting Brussels. It’s old-school rustic charm will have you thinking you’ve been transported back in time.
2. Blue Frog Lounge, Mumbai, India
This is without a doubt the grooviest bar you’ll ever venture to as you drink while the lights change shades with the music. With a club, restaurant, sound stage and recording studio under the one roof, this place oozes cool with its modern take on the 60s.
3. The Ice Bar, Quebec, Canada
Complete with a snow floor, engraved ice columns, tables and bar, this place melts every year and is rebuilt when the cooler months come around. No need to worry about your beer being warm here, all drinks are served chilled.
4. H.R. Giger Bar, Gruyere, Switzerland
The interior of this bar is creepily cool and will make you feel as if you’ve been transported back to gothic times.
5. Hotel Edelweiss, Mürren, Switzerland.
A breathtaking outlook over the mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, this bar is as much worth visiting for its views as it is for its beverages. And with an outlook like this, it’d be rude not to have at least a couple…
6. Rick’s Cafe, Negril, Jamaica
With unspoiled views, Rick’s Cafe has been open since 1974 and has become the place to go for a drink and good time in Negril, Jamaica. The bar sits over a 1.5 acre property complete with a pool for all patrons to have a swim if they are not up for the challenge of jumping off the rock face.
7. Cave Bar More, Dubrovnik, Croatia
One half of Hotel More, the Cave Bar More is illuminated with fairy lights creating an eerily cool setting. If you find it too claustrophobic, just step outside and enjoy the gorgeous view over the Adriatic sea.
8. The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Open for over 160 years, The Temple Bar is an institution and has become a landmark in Dublin. Filled with locals and tourists, the old classic pub is one not to miss if you happen to be in the Irish capital.
9. Sketch, London, UK
More is more at this London bar and restaurant, with an overwhelming amount of blush pink. However don’t be off put by its retro interior, the wine list is as modern as it is extensive and is sure to provide a wow factor for any guest.
10. The Hemingway Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
Taking one look at this place it’s easy to see where the pub got its name. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, The Hemmingway Bar oozes English charm and specialises in the famous writer’s drinks of choice; absinthe, rum and champagne.
11. The Ivy Pool Bar, Sydney, Australia
Enjoy the Ivy Pool Bar on a beautiful Summer’s day and swim in the pool with a cocktail in hand. Come back after sunset and enjoy the rooftop as it turns into a much classier venue. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a rave, head downstairs to the Ivy’s night club, Pacha.
12. Ink48, New York, USA
Perched above the buzzing nightlife of New York, Ink48 is a must-do, if not for its people-watching opportunities and the stunning city backdrop, then for the second-to-none cocktails shaken and stirred by some of the world’s best.
13. Sky Bar, Bangkok, Thailand
Sky Bar in Bangkok is one of the highest bars in the world and is sure to delight. The view from the bar takes in the city’s eclectic mix of old and new and is reflected in their cocktail menu, featuring contemporary spins on the classics.
14. The Leopard Lounge, Cape Town, South Africa
People come from all over the Cape to settle in at the Leopard Lounge for a drink. Live music occurs every Monday to Friday, but do not fret if you can only make it here on the weekend. If the view isn’t a distraction, the bronze leopards draped over the luxurious cigar lounge will keep you entertained.
15. Kapital, Madrid, Spain
Whatever you’re into, Kapital is guaranteed to impress. A seven-story establishment, each floor’s atmosphere is entirely different, with a high-class rooftop, cocktail bars and floors dedicated to hip hop, golden oldies, salsa, dance and karaoke. The piece de resistance is the night club on the ground floor that will ensure you never forget this night.
16. The Lounge at NOBU, Honolulu, USA
As part of the Nobu group, The Lounge is renowned for its Japanese style with South American influences. Known for its perfect service and innovative new flair, it is undoubtably one of Hawaii’s sexist places to grab a drink.
17. Far Out Beach Club, Ios, Greece
This place draws a fine line between pool party and bar, and is sure to delight those that are keen for an afternoon of sun-baking and dancing. Far Out has seen some of the world’s hottest DJs perform as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
18. Le Bonnie and Clyde, Pigalle, Paris
Despite the name and dark corners, this cellar bar at Le Bonnie and Clyde is an easy-going and friendly place to start the weekend in Paris, or if you feel so inclined, finish it with a licence that extends to 6am! NOW we’re talking…
19. Radio Rooftop Bar, London, UK
This striking bar is the latest to the upmarket international hotel chain ME. With sweeping views of the city, you can take in all of London’s most notable landmarks; St. Pauls Cathedral, the Shard, Houses of Parliment and Big Ben with a cocktail in hand.
20. Baxter Inn, Sydney, Australia
If you’re looking to escape the crowd, then Baxter’s is for you. Famous for its whiskey (over 350 kinds) and smooth jazz, the underground bar makes a mean cocktail and provides impeccable service. Enter via a dingy door in a back alley before climbing the stairs down into this delicious dungeon.
21. iKandy, Dubai, UAE
Sitting on the clean white couches under the palms at iKandy, you’ll be excused for thinking you’re in Miami. Their cocktails are famous around the world, and enjoying one on the rooftop as you enjoy the view is an absolute must.
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