Hot Openings Around the Globe: July 2014

The hottest bar openings around the globe in August... you're welcome.



Barrel Proof Super-hot bistro-bar Sylvain’s chief cocktail maker Liam Deegan has branched out to run his own Barrel Proof, in partnership with Sylvain’s own Sean McCusker and Robert LeBlanc. This dimly lit laidback venue has a different vibe though. Focused on beer (70+) and whiskies (150+) from around the globe, whether you’re after cheap shots or single-ounce tastes of high-end Japanese whisky, they’ve got you covered. If it’s cocktails you’re after, to Sylvain with you. Where: 1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 barrelproof.nola


Kitty's Richard Kimmel’s new soul food haunt currently still in preview, remains staunchly under the radar, at least so far. You can only drink here with a dinner reservation, but it's worth it to discover this seriously sexy red lit bar with hot bartenders, and beyond a velvet curtain, a restaurant serving Jewish-cross-southern food to a lucky few. The no digital rule means no phones, no photos and a vinyl-only soundtrack. Nice. Where: 9 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002  Champagne Charlie’s Wine Bar at High Line Hotel  Apparently this is New York City’s first Champagne garden, which begs the question why there hasn’t been one before? On the deck of the leafy High Line Park in Chelsea, it makes the perfect reward at the end of the 13-mile long walkway; a glass of high end Champagne and platter of oysters. Where: 180 Tenth Ave (at 20th St), New York, NY 10011 champagne.charlie.s.the.high.line.hotel.1097503.TwoByOne The Lobby Bar at The Ludlow Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have opened their super-hot Lobby Bar inside the Ludlow Hotel, with the brilliant, bearded bartender Thomas Waugh (of ZZ’s Clam Bar fame) doing his thing to the cocktail menu. This is intended to tease you before the opening of their bistro, Dirty French, later this month. Where: 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002


Patois  Chef Craig Wong, who trained at Michelin-starred Fat Duck, has gone back to basics here with a menu of Caribbean-meets-Asian street food. The drinks have been nicely thought out (a tropical makeover to the classic cocktails) and it looks cool, as it should, being on Dundas West. Where: 794 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1 patois.toronto  


Pinewood Social This brilliantly cool social gathering space covers all your needs from morning through to night, from coffee and cocktails, to karaoke and vintage bowling. While they’ve been open for nearly a year, they’ve just added a new tiki bar to the pool area in a custom Airstream trailer. Thought it couldn’t get better? It just did. Where: 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210, United States  



WC Clapham Clapham’s WC Wine & Charcuterie have opened their cubicle doors in the 100-year-old underground public loos after years of being derelict and dismissed; and people are loving it. Repurposing original features with surprising brilliance - the old attendant’s box is now the framework of the bar - they offer a small but sexy wine list and nicely chosen meats and cheese. Where: Under Clapham Common Tube Station, London SW4 7AA WC.Clapham


Cane & Grain  Rum, ribs, bourbon and beer; we can get on board with that. A former Northern Quarter skate shop and party hangout, they’ve kept the cool vibes with retro posters and cut up skateboards. The top floor is home to Liar’s Lounge, the sister venue to brilliant tiki bar Liar’s Club, which can only mean good things. Where: 49 - 51 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1NA 51 Thomas StreetNorthern Quarter


Platea  In a former grand old cinema, this luxurious four-floor gourmet food court boasts six Michelin stars and a handful of bars serving everything from steins of Agua de Valencia to beautifully presented Sangria. Watch this space for El Palco on the top floor with panoramic views and cocktails by leading Spanish mixologists Diego Cabrera and Luca Anastasio. Where: C/Goya, 5-7, 28001, Madrid platea.madrid2



Potato Head Folk  People were quite excited to hear the popular Indonesian F&B brand Potato Head was coming to Singapore. In an old shop building on the corner of Keong Saik Road, the first two floors are part of hip artisan Three Buns serving casual cocktails on the first floor and American diner style food on the second. Hit up Studio 1939 on the third floor for a special occasion (reservations-only dining), and at weekends, 1939 Rooftop lounge with its tropical tiki vibes is where to be. The decor is quirky and mismatched and the clientele just as eclectic. Where: 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 08943  



Henrietta's Supper Club From the brilliant trio behind our favourite Neighbourhood Bar in Bondi comes this dressed-up English-style gastropub in Darlinghurst with dim lighting and quirky decor. The posh Irish-English fare comes from chef Kim Douglas (of Rockpool Bar & Grill) and the bar is helmed by Harriet Leigh, with a focus on most excellent wine. Bar snacks and drinks served until late. Where: Level 1, 292 - 294 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, New South Wales