Cheers! Hi ! Yamas! Better freshen up your toast because bar-hopping just went global.
Each year, the British cocktail obsessives of an aptly named organization – known as World’s 50 Best Bars – hunt down the most ambitious and creative bar schemes on the planet, creating a handy checklist for alcohol-loving travellers.
In September, they crowned 32 international cities as the “best cocktail destinations” in the world, including Goa, Rome, Nairobi, Bogotá, Sydney…and, of course, good old NYC. But with numerous bars making up each of these scenes in each of these cities, it’s hard to know where to start on this somewhat sloppy trip around the world.
Fear not: we’ve done some of our own research and picked our favorite bars to try in some of the world’s most beautiful cities from their list.
start at home
Perched above the winding streets of downtown is one of New York’s best-kept cocktail secrets: Overstory (ranked #34 overall by Top 50). This 64th-floor Art Deco gem offers spectacular 360-degree views from its terrace, but the real action takes place inside, where bar manager Harrison Ginsberg’s cocktail menu and hospitality program eclipse the view. Our favorites — like In The Clouds ($24; whiskey, tea, champagne, clarified milk) and the Golden Bird ($24; rum, coffee, turmeric, pineapple) — reimagine classic cocktails with innovative execution.
Next, head to the Lower East Side to enter the surreal Double Chicken Please (ranked #6 globally). Co-founders GN Chan and Faye Chen serve sandwiches and draft cocktails up front, while the back lounge is reserved for Wonka-esque culinary flavors. The mango sticky rice ($18; rum, mango, sticky rice, pu’er tea) and red-eye sauce ($18; whisky, coffee butter, wild mushrooms) stand out.
A bueno buzz
There is energy in the streets of Buenos Aires. Resplendent colonial facades provide the backdrop, while the clink of fernet glasses and sizzling meats on the parrillas are the soundtrack. For a classic pre-cocktail asado experience, head to Don Julio (14th of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants — yeah, they do that too) or Germán Sitz and Pedro Peña’s Japanese-inspired parrilla, Niño Gordo .
For cocktails, head to CoChinChina in Inés de los Santos (#42), where the programs complement the beautifully designed surroundings. Try the Blend de Los Buenos ($7; mixed Argentine vermouths) or the Chulita ($8; dissolved cherry and eucalyptus candy gin mixed with juices).
For over 50 top action, head to punk rock band Tres Monos (ranked #27).
Play the hits
In Mexico City, culinary delights are around every corner. Go to Enrique Olvera’s Pujol (#3 of the world’s 50 best restaurants) or fill your face with delicious tacos. When it comes to cocktails, you can’t miss Licorería Limantour (#4 Best Bar), which boasts back-to-back “Best Bar in North America” awards and a spot on the Top 50 list since 2014. Try the Margarita al Pastor ($11, with mixed tacos and pineapple).
What’s old is new
Do-it-yourself architecture, old and new, stuck on top of each other gives Athens a dreamlike quality and a feeling that there is mystery around every corner. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across the Clumsies (ranked #19) and Baba au Rum (#20), just 300 feet apart. Try the sentiment and one of the emotion-inspired cocktails at the Clumsies ($11) or the eponymous Baba au Rum ($11), a delicious umami-laden daiquiri variation.
simply the best
Head to Barcelona to experience ‘World’s Best Bar’ winner Paradiso, which serves interactive drinks designed to grab attention before language. Lasers (On Fire, $32), supercooled components (Supercool Martini, $14) and edible “vellum” (Legacy, $16) are a marvel, but across town, Sips by Simone Caporale (ranked n ° 3) offers a very different experience. .
Sips inspire contemplation. It is showing versus telling. Its dim lighting, stunning techniques, incredible cocktails and perfect hospitality will take your breath away. The cocktails all aim for perfection. The Mil Fulls ($16) is topped with discs of ice that sandwich lemon leaves to provide the ideal distribution of oil.
The Heliodora Daiquiri ($16) starts with shaved grapefruit ice topped with Cuban rum, lime and sherry, transforming the cocktail into a Hemingway daiquiri as the ice melts. There’s a never-diluting negroni ($16), a mosaic ($16) based on the works of Antoni Gaudí, and a cocktail performance of the fruit in Frida Kahlo’s garden ($16). Totally delicious and delicious.
New York Post