John Lermayer, global bar legend and all around great bartender, has brought you the neighborhood bar you wished you lived next to. Classy and refined, but with an undercurrent of debaucherous inclinations (hey, it is Miami), this is where to get world class cocktails, epic American chow, and let the good times roll.
237-B 20th St. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Smuggler’s Cove has long been our go-to spot for our dose of rum and tiki, so we were thrilled to hear that owner Martin Cate was putting together a little slice of the Big Smoke filled with the biggest gin collection in the US. Like stepping into another time and place - Victorian London, to be specific - with arched ceilings like a tube tunnel, old school wall paper and pipes running everywhere. With 120 cocktails plus a constantly growing gin list, this is paradise for gin lovers.
600 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
When we heard that Danny Meyer and the Dead Rabbit were joining forces for a new project in Chicago we were pretty excited. Obviously the hospitality is top notch - what else would you expect from the guy who literally wrote the book on service - and the drinks are made by the best in the game. Although housed in a hospital (planning ahead for your liver?), once you get up to the bar itself that’s perched on the 18th floor with a pretty ridiculous view, you’ll settle into this vaguely irish nest and never want to leave.
259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
As if having Jigger & Pony, Sugarhall, etc in their holster wasn’t enough, the crew have gone and pulled a hat trick with Gibson. More of a distant cousin then a sister venue, this time they went for a different angle loading their menu with lobster and oysters and organizing their 30 drink strong menu around moods: Finding Comfort, Forging Friendship, and Sharing Happiness. Expect pretty crazy flavour combos that are meant to keep your palate guessing.
Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089832
After kicking ass and taking names over at the award-winning Nomad Bar, rising star Chris Lowder packed his bags and headed to Seoul and the new Charles H in the Four Seasons. With a pretty impressive CV filled with our favorite NYC hangouts (including Booker & Dax and Amor y Amargo), you know these drinks are ace with a serious nod to the Prohibition-era of speakeasies. Leather booths, metal lattice work, tiles and sexy lighting - plus some of the best service you’ll find in town - is going to make this your togo spot.
The Four Seasons, 97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The second venue from the team over at Bulletin Place (http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/sydney/bulletin-place), it’s nothing like it’s older sister. Oozing of class and a level of comfortably that’s borderline addictive, they’ve really blurred the line between bar and restaurant - creating an environment that will suck you in for hours where food and booze effortlessly merge. Clear the rest of your night, you’re in for the long haul.
Surry Hills, 413 Bourke St, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
Taking a page out of Swayze’s book, this bar is one part Road House, one part vintage game hall (so get your pinball and pool skills at the ready) and one part tongue in cheek humor. Neon signs remind you to not take it all so seriously with slogans like “Normal is so f***ing overrated” and “Happiness is Expensive,”. Everyone here obviously is having a great time, lounging on broken in leather sofas with dented barrel tables and sipping on excellent cocktails. Aiming for the 30-somethings, this isn’t the place to get legless but don’t be surprised if things get a touch out of hand. After all, they do have a stripper pole….
Gentplaats 1, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Despite calling itself a “tribute to a pub” - this is one slick number. The small but evolving cocktail list is inspired by the Cologne's oldest market that is on their doorstep, plus they’ve got rotational seasonal beers and their own house vermouth on tap. DJs rock the vinyl decks playing a mixture of hip-hop, jazz and soul; this dark wooden den walks the line between laid back and high class. Nice.
Sudermanplatz 3, 50670 Cologne, Germany
After welcoming us with open arms at Le Lion - Bar de Paris for years, Bettina Kupsa has branched off to finally do her own project. With an approach to cocktails similar to tapas, her serves - called Chugs - are somewhere between a shot and a full-blown measure meaning you can try everything and retain your dignity. Housed in St Pauli, they like their tequilas here, so get embrace their hospitality and stay for a while.
Taubenstr. 13, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Helsinki - Books & Antiques
Once upon a time there was a kitsch little speakeasy called Books & Antiques. But then came the great flood and the B&A world went dark for a few years. Thankfully, those wet days are behind us and they’re back once again. Head to 100 Dogs and ask if there’s any room - it’s only 20 seats - and snag one if you’re lucky. Also, keep your eyes open in January when they’ll be running a pop up called 100 Ball filled with meatballs and Fernet.
Malminrinne 1, auki ke–la klo 18–01, Helsinki, Finland
Our favorite neighborhood bar Satan’s Whiskers (http://www.barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/satans-whiskers) has opened another bar, this time over in Dalston. They’ve followed the same rules as before with quirky taxidermy, epic old school hip-hop, and delicious classic cocktails but at Sill Stockings there’s a bonus: a serious tequila angle. The team of Milk & Honey veterans really know how to rock our world decor (and drinks of course) wisen with art deco fans, leather booths and beaded Mexican skulls.
80 Dalston Lane , London E8 3AH
Although Jim Meehan might have a thing or two to say about the name, this Scottish PDT shares nothing in common with the legendary Big Apple version. From the same guy who has been busy giving us blurry, tequila fueled memories over at Geribaldies for years, this is another late night number, opening at 10pm. It’s filled with the retro games of yesteryear - PacMan, Pinball and the like so, keeping with the Agave vibes, get stacked with tequila and mezcal while trying to beat Space Invaders.
23b Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RG