Hot New Openings Around the Globe - February 2015

North America

Chicago - The Drifter The basement of this 19th-century building has turned into an ode to turn-of-the-century Chicago. This cocktail bar and live entertainment venue is brilliantly decorated with old world artifacts: circus paraphernalia, glowing signs, old bottles and a vintage till. The cocktail menu is designed and printed on tarot cards, so tell your fortune in a well mixed drink. 676 N Orleans St, Chicago, Illinois CHICAGO..THE.DRIFTER   Chicago - Lost Lake Taking tiki to Chicago, Lost Lake’s booze menu is looking to be a great one. With over 275 rums behind the bar, you can expect an extensive list of both classic and modern tiki cocktails. 3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, Illinois San Francisco - Buffalo Club The latest addition to the Tonic Boys’ list of hotspots - including Tonic, Bullitt and Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem - this place has got a killer booze menu, but they’ll also be serving up pizzas and sharer plates. With communal tables, expect to leave well-fed and thirst-quenched with a new pal or few. 2331 Mission St, San Francisco, California SAN.FRANCISCO..BUFFALO.CLUB.BAR San Francisco - Stookey's Club Moderne The Stookey's team has transformed an ex-military barracks into a nautically-themed bar, sure to be awash with killer classic cocktails. With a focus on seasonal, local and fresh ingredients, the menu is set to change on the reg, but one thing's for sure: the vintage decks and waterside vibes will keep shipmates happy. 895 Bush St, San Francisco, California San Francisco - Devil's Acre A throwback to the days of apothecary elixirs and liquid remedies, Devil’s Acre’s drinks list is 22-pages long and jam packed with booze, faux vintage ads and non-alcoholic (snore) concoctions that are sure to waken the devil in you. 256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, California SAN.FRANCISCO..DEVILS.ACRE   Miami - Bodega Taqueria y Tequila This ex-taco truck now rocking permanent digs on South Beach is boasting explosive flavours and local ingredients inspired by the owner’s adventures around Mexico, but of course, what we’re really interested in is the booze. Venture through the meat freezer or the blue door marked ‘Banos’ and stumble upon their Mexican speakeasy. Nothing can go wrong when you’ve got tequila in one hand and a taco in the other. Probably. 1220 16th St, Miami Beach, Florida New York - Atwood Offering up some fine food, this Midtown East hotspot will be serving classic American grub like crispy chicken with honey or sweet potato mac’n’cheese. If these aren’t enough to keep you there, the craft beer or ‘curated mixology program’ oughtta do it. They’ve got communal tables and bar stools so get ready for some informal boozing and irresistible food. 986 Second Ave, New York, NY NEW.YORK..ATWOOD New York - Mace With roots in NYC’s Boilermaker, this intimate cocktail bar will be home to ex-Experimental Cocktail Club bartender Nicolas de Soto. Each original cocktail will be named after a critical spice in its recipe, so it’s time to get cosy and start sipping. 649 East 9th St, New York, NY New York - Tijuana Picnic The newest project from Acme and Indochine’s team, the old shell of this place has been totally revamped. Now filled with retro decs, vinyl booths and round banquettes, they’ll be serving up a fusion mashup of Mexican and Asian-inspired food. On the booze side, they’ve kept things small and simple. The wine, beer and cocktail lists are short, but won’t leave you disappointed. 151 Essex St, New York, NY NEW.YORK..TIJUANA.PICNIC New York - Suffolk Arms With an English pub exterior you’ll be surprised to find total NYC vibes inside, but it’s the drinks that will keep boozers coming back for more. Shaking up classic staples and modern mixes, the cocktails will expertly blend together current booze trends alongside some more trad versions, and they’ll be shaking up some customised drinks to suit each patron. 296 East Houston St, New York, NY Washington - One Eight Distilling The second distillery to open up in Washington since Prohibition, this one’s gonna be good. Manufacturing District Made Vodka, Rock Creek White Whiskey and Ivy City Gin, their mega tasting bar will be open and guides will take you around the stills as you sip on their goods. You can also expect their products to pop up in bars and stores pretty soon. Win win. 1135 Okie St Northeast, Washington, DC 20002 WASHINGTON..ONE.EIGHT.DISTILLING Vancouver - Prohibition Opening in the vaulted basement of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this 3,000-square-foot bar will be a throwback to the Roaring Twenties with live music daily and speakeasy style interiors. Bartenders will invoke the history of the craft with a menu of bespoke cocktails and housemade bitters. Champagne will be flowing too, naturally, to match the fancy food menu of caviar and pate. 1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver BC V6B 6K3

Asia

Dubai - Amarillo Tapastry Bar As the name suggests, this place is all about Spanish and Latin American vibes, from the food to the booze to the atmos. All airy light colours, this open plan spot on the Lake Level of the Pullman Dubai Hotel plans to be an alternative bar for after-work drinks with a Mexican DJ and a tapas (obv) focussed menu. Deira City Centre, Port Saeed Rd, UAE DUBAI..AMARILLO.TAPASTRY.BAR Singapore - The Refinery In all its three-storey goodness, Singapore’s newest hotspot’s got a yakitori restaurant and a workshop to show off, but it’s the booze we’re here for. The bespoke cocktail bar sandwiched in the middle will be rocking guaranteed killer drinks with ex-Ah Sam bartender Eugene Chua on the job. 115 King George's Ave, Singapore

Europe

London - Ladies & Gentlemen Turning old toilets into hot new bars is totally the new black. This Kentish Town spot is all about good ol’ fashioned drinking, great food and occasional live music. The booze ingredients are seasonal and the mixes are playful, and if you really want to geek out, get chatting to the bartender about their 16-litre copper still propping up the bar. 2 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1N Ladies..Gentlemen (1)

Australia

Melbourne - Bar Exuberante Internationally acclaimed bar vet Matt Bax is back in Oz after taking cocktail bar Der Raum to Munich, and he’s rooting down at rum brothel Bar Economico, where this private cocktail lounge will be hidden. The cocktails will be familiar to Der Raum fans, made by Matt and some of his crew from Bar Americano. 438 Church St, Richmond 3121