LOOKING FOR THE WORLD'S
BEST COCKTAIL BAR?
Are you looking for the world's best cocktail bar? If you thought idyllic interiors, dazzling dance floors and luxury locations were what made a brilliant drinking bar, then you better think again! Post-war tube stations, swim-up caves, ancient caverns and quirky ruin pubs are just a few of the hangouts you’ll want to add to your boozy bucket list after you’ve browsed some of the world’s best watering holes below – better still, we’re sure you’ll find your natural habitat in here somewhere!
PK COCKTAIL BAR, SANTORINI
The idyllic island of Santorini is renowned for its spectacular seascapes and if you’re after that famous sunset shot, PK Cocktail Bar serves up jaw-droppingly beautiful views. Located in Fira, PK is Santorini’s most popular drinking establishment thanks to its excellent service, fascinating history and stunning location, not to mention the tasty tropical cocktails on the menu too! Better still, Greece tops our 2017 holiday hotspot list, so you'll be in great company!
JELLYFISH BEACH RESTAURANT, DOM REP
You’ve got every excuse to stay put on the soft white sand when you visit Bavaro’s beach club, Jellyfish. This two-story restaurant is located on one of Punta Cana’s picturesque stretches and serves up breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters and swaying palms that line the beach. Walk through the tropical hut to the beach area and relax on a palapas bed awaiting a cool cocktail - for more information we've rounded up all you need to know about Punta Cana resorts, all you have to do is pack!
DECK 5, BERLIN
You don’t have to sacrifice a day at the beach during your city breaks to Berlin, as located on the 7th floor of the Schönhause Allee Arcaden Mall you’ll find a rooftop bar serving up a superb selection of food, cocktails and sand! Listen to chilled-out music and soak up wonderful views as you sink your toes into soft white sands – visit at sunset and watch as warm orange hues slowly blanket the city. If you're in the mood for a city break but don't have much time, discover the top day trip city breaks in Europe - perfect for a little 24-hour getaway!
THE DEAD RABBIT GROCERY AND GROG, New York City
New York City’s Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is a classic combination of cocktail lounge and Irish Pub – and has recently been crowned as the world’s best bar. Playing homage to the 19th century Irish-American gang, this Manhattan joint tells the tale of what once was – a bit like a boozy history lesson if you will! You’ll find something to suit every taste here; on the ground floor the tap room has a comfortable Irish pub feel complete with a sizeable whiskey list and the best Guinness in New York while the parlour room located on the second floor serves all things mixed, with enough cocktails to keep you going until morning. So take a seat and get ready for an afternoon of serious drinking!
BUZA BAR, DUBROVNIK
If you like to live life on the edge, Buza is sure to meet all your expectations. As you tour the old town and wind your way along the ancient city walls, you’ll spot a small hole that pierces the stone – duck through and you’ll be met by spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and this quaint cliff-top bar nestled within Dubrovnik's cliffs. You’ll find flocks of people perched on tables at the edge of the cliff with a cocktail in hand and looking out over the glittering waters, there are ladders attached to the rocks too so you can take a dip whenever you feeling like cooling off.
This vintage tube-themed bar transports its visitors back to the war period, thanks to its authentic underground carriage décor, ticket booth upon arrival and quirky staff in character – watch out for the ‘train guard’ manning the door! Located in an abandoned WW2 air shelter, history lovers should definitely stop for a cocktail in Cahoots – which could be served up in anything from a clock to a vintage train sign.
EL FLORIDITA, CUBA
This legendary Havana bar, El Floridita, is crowned as The Cradle Of The Daiquiri and once you’ve sampled a glass of the good stuff, you’ll see why. As soon as you step foot in this classy cocktail bar (regularly frequented by Hemingway) you’ll be met by smart waiters in waistcoats, plush décor and an atmospheric history of a by-gone era. Watch as well-dressed locals step out of classic, brightly coloured cars and into the bar for a Daiquiri Frappe, El Presidente or Cuban Manhattan in honour of the main man himself.
SZIMPLA KERT, BUDAPEST
If you’re looking for a hip Hungarian watering hole, Szimpla Kert should be your first stop. Dive into one of the many derelict buildings in Budapest and you’re probably entering an atmospheric corner that’s awash with quirky bric-a-brac, graffiti covered walls, flashing street signs and funky furniture hanging from the ceiling – or in other words, a traditional ‘ruin pub’. Once an old factory, Szimpla Kert was the first to be converted into a huge open-air cinema and pub, which plays host to live-music concerts, theatre shows and other cultural events. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, Szimpla also hosts the city’s best farmer’s markets so you can sample the local produce while you’re here.
PELICAN BAR, JAMAICA
If sipping rum cocktails served from a rustic wooden bar built out at sea floats your boat, then Floyd’s Pelican Bar is the perfect place for you. Located in Parottee Bay on the south coast of Jamaica, this unique drinking spot is by far the best in the Caribbean and once you take the 20-minute boat ride to reach it, you won’t want to go back. Driftwood, palm fronds and coconut tree trunks are what made the bar a reality back in 2001 after fisherman Floyd Forbes had a dream about a bar out at sea, but it’s just as enticing on the inside as it is on the out, with the interior decor covered in relics from around the world – so don’t forget to bring something special to leave behind! If you're searching for a Caribbean break but not sure where to stay, we've rounded up the 8 best Caribbean Islands so you can pick the perfect escape.
The Cliff, Barbados
Want to celebrate a special occasion? Enjoy a memorable meal on the torch-lit decks of The Cliff, Barbados, as the sun sets behind you and stingrays swim up to the restaurant at the edge of the sea. For more blue skies and clear waters, check out our guide to the eight best Caribbean islands.