Swankiest Cocktail Bars in The UK and Europe

April 28, 2017

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Bobby Gin. Courtesy of the venue.

It’s Friday night! Whether you’re heading out for a sophisticated post-work drink or are celebrating the weekend, here are the spots around the UK and Europe that should be on your must-try cocktail list.

Bobby Gin. Courtesy of the venue.

Starting off in Barcelona, let’s get one thing cleraed up: it’s a common misconception that sangria is the national drink of Spain, but in actuality, that designation goes to gin. At Bobby Gin, it’s all about the G&T – there’s a massive selection of different bottles on offer that can be spiced up with aromatics, florals and citrus, and are served in goblets the size of goldfish bowls.

Ocaña. Courtesy of the venue.

At Ocaña Apotheke – yes, that does mean pharmacy in German – drink list Mario Greenfield curator brings a bit of Berlin to Barcelona with his cocktail that are akin to an alchemist’s creations. Try the Clever Club (pomegranate, raspberry, lemon, egg white, Porto wine, mezcal) or the The Ranglum (Wray Nephew Overproof & Gosling’s Black Seal rum, apple butter, house Falernum, citrus and bitters).

Worship Street Whistling Stop. Image courtesy of the venue.

Over in London, Worship Street Whistling Stop in Shoreditch is one of the most inventive bars in Londontown, combining Victorian atmosphere and contemporary style, . The craft concoctions here are made nearly scientifically, and the menu comes with its own glossary. Go for the Like a Gentleman (Tanqueray Old Tom, foraged turf, silver birch, truffle fat washed bitters) for something aromatic or the smokey Indian Summer (Talisker 10, kala namak saline, amchoor, naga chili lemonade).

The Hide.

In South London, The Hide has award-winning bartenders shaking up tipples exclusively made with locally sourced ingredients, like the South East Story – made with London Distillery Company Spring Heeled Jack rye, cherry syrup and Square Root Hackney cola – and they serve tasty bar snacks until 11pm.

Faust. Image courtesy of the venue.

Moving right along to Paris, is your dream to sip a cocktail while admiring La Tour Eiffel? Then make your way to Faust‘s Euphorion Cocktail Bar a chic, stunning space underneath the Ponte Alexandre III. Order up your poison of choice and revel in the atmosphere.

Lockwood. Image by Haleigh Walsworth.

Though Lockwood is an all-day dining spot, the subterranean bar is all rock and brick with a staff that’s always friendly and a crowd that’s always cool. Plus there’s a Sriracha Bloody Mary to be ordered.

Green Door. Image courtesy of diephotodesigner.

In Berlin, Green Door is a decidedly grown-up bar. You have to ring a bell to gain entry, and once inside you’re transported into a slick, retro-style space with just a touch of kitsch. The drinks take a bit of time to be crafted, but your patience will be handsomely reward. Your order? The Old Cuban, made with gold rum, Angosturra bitters, lime juice, simple syrup, mint and sparkling wine.

The Bar Marqués. Image by Jessica Shea.

Another speakeasy-style spot is The Bar Marqués, which lies in the basement of a tapas bar, but is reminiscent of a Colonial Era gentlemen’s club with leather stools, plush armchairs and a fireplace. High-quality bespoke cocktails can be created for you by the mixologists, with nothing more to go on than a feeling. Really.

Caffè Bohemian. Image by Livia Hengel.

Looking for Belle-Èpoque flair when in Rome? Caffè Bohemien will do the trick. It’s more funky than slick, but you’ll be won over by the sumptuous drapes, patterns and colors of the décor – it ultimately feels like you’re in someone’s private library. As for the tipples, sip on the smoked whiskey sour with orange and ginger.

The Jerry Thomas Project. Image via Gourmet Traveller.

One of the Italian capital’s premier watering holes is The Jerry Thomas Project, where you’ll need a reservation and a password. The compact size of the Prohibition Era-inspired joint only adds to the clandestine feel. For a true Roman drink, go for the Monsieur Negroni (gin del Professore a la Monsieur, vermouth del Professore Rosso, homemade bitters).
For more great insider recommendations in the UK and Europe, pick up The HUNT: UK and Europe Cities Boxed Set on gatehousepublishing.com and get a free tote bag with your order!



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