Hot New Openings - December 2014

THE AMERICAS

Los Angeles – Lost Property Bar This is a new whiskey bar on Vine & Hollywood from Crossroads’ Jeremy Lake. The craft cocktails are divided into type - citrusy, refreshing, aromatic – and they have 50 different whiskeys on the menu. The vibe is brooding old school with dark wood and leather booths. Fancy the look of some of the antique clutter lying around? Help yourself! It’s lost property after all. You can also claim your own bottle if you’re thinking of becoming a regular. 1704 N. Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 NO.LOST.PROPERTY Los Angeles – Barrel & Ashes From the chef at French Laundry, this Studio City kitchen-bar does the likes of slow-smoked ribs and brisket along with mescal cocktails and craft beers. Picnic tables or counter seating keep things relaxed. 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 Miami - The Crown Room Located in the newly-opened Thompson Miami Beach hotel, Cuban Julio Cabrera is the star bartender in attendance here, which means things should go down pretty smoothly. Cigars on the patio and shelves lined with books give this bar a classic feel. Hit up Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape or the 1930s House bar, both part of the hotel, if you find yourself hungry. 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 NO.THOMPSON.000 Miami - Miami Beach EDITION If it’s anything close to the London EDITION or indeed any of Ian Schrager’s iconic hotels, then it’s going to be pretty damn special. It launched just in time to be the party spot du jour for Miami Art Basel. Bar offerings include: the elegant beachside Ocean Bar overlooking the Atlantic; the Matador Room, the hotel’s main restaurant and bar, recalling the glamour of old Miami; and for party times either the Havana-inspired Tropicale outdoor nightclub or the Studio 54 style micro club downstairs. Overwhelmed by options? Push on through. 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 New York - Pier A Harbor House A giant cocktail and raw bar run by the guys behind Dead Rabbit? In. With a 28,000-square foot space expect several different types of bar all under one roof. There will be cocktails, naturally, including a Dark & Stormy on tap, an oyster bar and an epic seafood selection. Eventually, they’ll add a coffee bar, a fine dining restaurant, and, when the sun comes out, the waterfront seating will be mega with views of Lady Liberty herself. 22 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 NO.PIERA New York – MACE The team behind this spot is mega. We’ve got Greg Boehm (Boilermaker) and (Louis 649) at the helm, and Parisian Nico de Soto of Experimental Cocktail Club behind the bar. That’s all we know for now, except they’re also running a month-long holiday pop up, Miracle on 9th Street, if you can’t wait any longer. 649 East Ninth Street, New York, NY 10009  

EUROPE

Antwerp – Bijou, Balls & Booze Ben Belmans is to thank for much of the booze-related brilliance happening in Belgium right now, including this place. BBB is rethinking how we drink cocktails by serving in 60-percent smaller glasses than usual, keeping prices down and encouraging a tapas-style drinking experience. We’re into it. Graaf van Egmontstraat, 2000 Amsterdam - Americano Bar & Kitchen From the team behind the brilliant Franklin Bar & Kitchen, this new hotspot overlooking the Amstel has New York-style Italian food in the restaurant, as well as a cocktail bar with equally tasty bar snacks. They serve both classic Italian and New York Italian-inspired cocktails. The after dinner limoncello on the house is damn tasty, too. Amsteldijk 25, 1074 HS Amsterdam NO.AMERICANO Amsterdam – Mercato Campari This is a pop up cocktail bar and bitteria from none other than Campari, in association with Amsterdam’s other big launch this month: the Americano Bar & Kitchen. It’s only open until December 15th in its current form, but it’s due to blossom into a fully-fledged 400-square metre bar-restaurant in 2015. Until then, enjoy a Negroni, an Americano or one of their incredible selection of vermouths. Ten Katestraat 117, 1053 CC Amsterdam Manchester - Crazy Pedro's Part Time Pizza Parlour The Liar’s Club is Manchester’s pimping tiki party basement, where the rum flows and the good times roll. Now you can refuel upstairs in Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour with whacky pizzas; think hot dog topping and fried chicken and waffle – which apparently works wonders! Get the party started with Frozen Margaritas and mescal and stay until 4am if you can’t make it downstairs to party in its naughty sister. 55-57 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BQ NO.PEDRO El Cartel Mexicana  Exactly what everyone has come to expect from the guys behind Bon Vivant – slick service, bangin’ food and a dull headache the next day. A rainbow of frozen margaritas that actually taste like Tequila, 3 different flavours which change daily, as if the guac’ wasn’t reason enough to hit them up. Watch out for the cacti – they’re pokey and they’re at ass height. 64 Thistle Street, Edinburgh  Madrid – The Library The cocktails are classics with a twist created by the very talented  Ramón Parra and his team. The Kenzo-designed interiors are elegant yet cosy, with a soundtrack of sophisticated jazz vinyl in the background. This is a contender for our new favourite Madrid hangout. Plaza Alonso Martínez, 2, Madrid, Spain Paris – Le Syndicat Translated in English to The Union, this is an organisation dedicated to the defence of forgotten French spirits… how brilliantly French. Located in the 10th, it’s designed by Sherry Butt’s Sullivan Doh and Romain Mouellic with a speakeasy style hidden entrance. Once inside, they’re busy reimagining the classics using homegrown alternatives, as well as offering vintage cognacs, brandies and Armagnac to taste, and – incongruously – rocking out to a hip hop soundtrack. 51 Rue Faubourg St Denis, Paris, France   NO.SYNDICAT

ASIA

Dubai – Reign We know little about this spot except it will offer Franco-Japanese fine dining, and you’ll be treated like royalty. Fine by us. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hong Kong – Rummin’ Tings The Fatty Crab gang are doing things Caribbean style in this awesome Wyndham Street bar. Bring on the jerk chicken and ‘Double Dutty’ and some seriously strong cocktails, which is what it’s all about really. They’ve got one of Hong Kong’s best collections of rum here to please the pirate in you. 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong NO.RUMMINTINGS Manila – The Palace This is the biggest thing to happen in Manila nightlife for a long time, as in quite literally: it’s huge. An entertainment complex in Uptown Bonifacio at The Fort, it’s pretty flashy with a VIP style nightclub and red carpet launch. But we’re interested to see what will happen in The Revel Room, The Brewery and the Light Café, yet to open. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig   Tel Aviv – The Norman In the heart of ‘White City’, Tel Aviv’s UNESCO heritage site, this boutique hotel will be home to a beautiful 1940s colonial style Library Bar, giving guests a quintessentially English cocktail experience. Make friends quickly for a chance to check out the rooftop infinity pool. 23-25 Nahmani Street, 6579441 Jaffa-Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel NO.THENORMAN

AUSTRALIA

Sydney - The Powder Keg Headed up by Grant Collins - the man behind Potato Head in Singapore and Ku De Ta in Bali - this will sate Sydney's gin enthusiasts with 120 different gins available (one of the largest collections in Sydney). They'll have G&T on tap, and will run the Ginstitute for locals to learn how to make their own. There will be cocktails, and light bites too, notably G&T sorbet to finish things off. 7 Kellett Street, Potts Point 2011, Sydney, NSW, Australia