28th October 2018 | India
On an vacation and wish to visit the best pub in the town? Do not worry, LA POLO lists down the top 10 pubs in the world for you.
What is a good pub or a bar?’ Everyone has a different definition of a good pub or a bar. For some, a great cocktail is enough to keep them coming back for more. For others, the ambience of a place would do everything. Some would like a crowded place while others would want a place which is not crowded at all. It’s not necessary, a good place to drink for one would be a great place for others too. Drinks are not the only factor for a good bar. The essence of a bar depends on every small thing from a bar stool to the ice and washrooms.
Each and every small thing that most of the pubsignore, matter. Some pubs might have a good drinks list but their tap handles would be disgusting. Some might have great barstools but the glassware won’t be good enough.
These are some of the World’s best inns and lounges handpicked by LA POLO.
1. Dandelyan, London
Dandelyan, one of the most innovative bars in the list, is the winner of the World’s best bar Award. If being the best requires meeting the highest standards, Dandelyan has been surpassing those standards every year. Dandelyan seems to have mastered all the measures of a brilliant bar experience. Created by multi-award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, Dandelyan has been successful in bringing a neighbourhood vibe to the glamour of Mondrian London. The bar manages to be high-end but accessible. The second instalment of “The Modern Life of Plants” menu sees the deep-digging team embark on a liquid exploration of the human adaptation of plant and animal life in food systems. The sound of the late 70s and early 80s rock music makes the bar completely irresistible.
Complementing the imaginative cocktail creations, Dandelyan’s striking interiors were designed with flair by legendary British designer Tom Dixon. A sumptuous, Art Deco-inspired space that references the luxury cruise liners of generations past. Dandelyan boasts lavender-hued leather banquettes, velour lounge chairs, and an assortment of mirrored tables against a backdrop of green walls. The ‘Wyld Tea’, Dandelyan’s alcoholic take on afternoon tea is a must try. A bar that many occasions of the day makes you come back again. Those who want to drink a fine cocktail in peace and luxury, then you definitely need to pay a visit to Dandelyan.
2. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York City
The former world's best bar, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & grog, is a classic bar and is meticulously thought through. It's an Irish bar and the best of its genre. An unexpected gem in the financial district of New York City, The Dead Rabbit is a busy pub and is crowded most of the time. It's a cocktail bar with some of the tastiest mixed drinks around. It's a brand steeped in narratives. The comic book menus, books, merchandise and self-titled whiskey will totally attract you. The bar is owned by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. A bar which is the most suited for people who are on the go, The Dead Rabbit is the most popular bar in the lot.
The cocktail menu is organized by the four seasons, making the seemingly overwhelming choices a little bit easier to whittle down. Providing the best Irish Coffee and Guinness in New York, the bar has some Hollywood history to it. Some scenes from the "Gangs of New York" were filmed at the bar. The Moby Dick: Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, Power John's Lane Irish Whiskey, Pale Cream sherry, fig, elderberry, lemon, Orinoco bitters, vanilla, and vanilla soda are the best from the lot here. If you're on the go and want to enjoy everything in a limited period of time, this busy bar is made for you.
3. Connaught bar, London
Inspired by the English Cubist and 1920s Irish art, The Connaught bar has a classic without being old. Located at Carlos Palace, Mayfair, London, the bar will be celebrating, its 10th anniversary this year. The Mayfair hotel bar’s glitzy Art deco interior, five-star service and quiet yet confident cocktails have a timeless feel and make it one of the best drinking destinations in the world. Lead by master mixologist Ago Perrone, cocktails served here have an essence of uniqueness. Offering one of the best martinis in the world, the famed trolley wheels its merry way across the Connaught floor. Textured walls in platinum silver leaf and a cool grey bar set a stylish tone.
Designed by Late David Collins, The Connaught bar is infused with a relaxed, inviting energy. The bar’s just launched anniversary menu is one more reason to pay a visit to the bar. The Innovative yet classic bar is famous for its first house-distilled artisan gin. Quietly shaken (never stirred!), the Connaught Martini Trolley is not to be missed. Some of the best from its classic collections are - With hints of lavender, coriander, cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, vanilla, and liquorice, this isn't your neighbourhood bar martini.
4. Manhattan Bar, Singapore
Inspired by the Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking, Manhattan’s charm comes from a perfect balance of impeccable American hotel-bar inspired service. Manhattan Bar resembles a grand hotel bar, modern yet classic with a touch of old New York glamour and sophistication. One of the best bars in Asia, the Manhattan Bar is about as regal as it gets. The glorious soft furnishings and Chesterfield armchairs add to the beauty of the bar. The purpose-built ‘rickhouse’ contains more than 100 small casks, each with a different cocktail inside. The Manhattan bar is a quiet, comfortable place to enjoy your whisky. The place is famous for its American Whiskey.
American Whiskey Embassy is a collection of more than 200 rare bourbons, ryes and craft whiskeys. A luxuriously designed bar, Manhattan Bar provides classic and forgotten cocktails, artisanal spirits and classic whiskeys. The drinks are crafted from the world’s first-in hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients, accompanied by gourmet bar bites.
5. American Bar, London
The American Bar at the Savoy in London is a palace to mixed drinks. The bar carries a 130-year old tradition of serving the great and the good. American Bar, London holds a special position in the drinks industry. The American Bar, London is the oldest serving cocktail bar in Britain, welcoming guests for its popular ‘American-style’ drinks since 1893. Each cocktail has been inspired by one of the portraits and the story behind its subject, including celebrities such as David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor, Dudley Moore, to name a few. The creative and innovative cocktails like ‘The Googly’ and intense shots like ‘The Horror Quartet’ are some of the highlights of the classic bar.
The American Bar is located in the Stafford Hotel, which makes sense considering each of their cocktails is based on a story that took place at the inn. Each drink is presented in beautifully crafted glassware on top of a bespoke coaster that’s designed like the shutter of a camera. A pianist playing the best of American Jazz entertains guests every evening. The Seabiscuit—Gordon Sloe gin, Cherry Heering liqueur, fresh blackberry pineapple juice, and grenadine topped up with soda water are some of the recommendations.
6. ATTABOY, NEW YORK
A five-year-old bar, Attaboy is one of the finest cocktail bars in New York. The bar which replaced the iconic Milk and Honey bar, Attaboy is the most important bar of the cocktail renaissance. It’s a brave venue which takes over space formerly occupied by the influential and much-loved Milk and Honey. Sasha Petraske’s iconic creative cocktail bar has relocated to bigger premises near Gramercy Park, and in its place comes Attaboy, a new cocktail den which is the brainchild of Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy, two former bartenders from the original M&H.
The bar blends the meticulousness with an easy vibe - no rules and no menu. Once you're in the bar, a bartender will ask you about your cocktail preferences and come back with a perfect bespoke drink or the classic. The attention to detail of every aspect of service is something which is passed from Milk and Honey bar. Reservations are no longer required to secure a table at Attaboy.
7. The Clumsies, Athens
The Clumsies has it all, from coffee to homely-but-refined Greek food to leading-edge cocktails. With three floors, the bar draws in crowds all day. The team behind this beautifully put together this space strongly believe that an all-day bar should be warm and welcoming and The Clumsies feels just like a place you’ve been visiting for years when actually you’re visiting it for the first time. The interior spaces are drenched in daylight all day and the ambience changes as the day progresses. The Clumsies is a place where you don’t need to pick a particular time to go. Just visit the bar, whenever you feel like.
The creatively designed bar is the brainchild of two bartenders - Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis. Backed by three local businessmen, The Clumsies now has a global standing. The Clumsies is an Athens bar, filled with loyal locals, but this team is always looking for ways to improve and has just opened a fermentation room in its basement. The service is personalised and somewhat formal here.
8. The Old Man, Hong Kong
The Old Man is just over one year old. A bijou bar, The Old Man is stylish, classic and inspired by American Novelist Ernest Hemingway and his love for a good cocktail. The intimate establishment impresses both with its drinks and decor. It’s no secret that booze was Hemingway’s life-blood, as much for himself and his fictional cohorts. He was a sophisticated drinker and a lover of the fine spirits and a true connoisseur. The Old Man pays tribute to Hemingway with a striking portrait of the writer, made with materials left over from building the venue. The portrait watches over the end of the bar.
A menu of nine experimental cocktails has been made by combining Hemingway’s favourite ingredients, spirits and culinary flavours by the Head Bartender Agung Prabowo, who co-founded the venue alongside Roman Ghale and James Tamang. Each creation offers twists hardly seen before with out-of-the-box libations.
9. Atlas, Singapore
A grand lobby and bar, ATLAS graces the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic building, Parkview Square, in the historic Bugis neighbourhood. ATLAS just takes your breath away. The highlight, for the drinks-minded, is a gin tower that houses a whopping 1,100-bottle collection. Forming the heart of Parkview Square, ATLAS is a celebration of the 1920s rich culinary and beverage traditions. Discerning guests at ATLAS can enjoy its dining and drinking throughout the day and deep into the night in a truly memorable setting. A showcase of extraordinary European cuisine is the highlight of the bar. Beverage highlights include elegant European cocktails and one of Asia’s finest collection of gin, spirits and champagnes.
Banker-turned-bartender Sim Sze Wei will stir a house Martini, for which champagne vinegar turns out to be an inspired ingredient. The rarest gins and whiskies are available at ATLAS. A 7400sq ft Art Deco jaw-dropper is one of the finest looking bars in the collection.
10. Floreria Atlantico, Bueno Aires
Like many of the best interpretations of American bar concepts, Floreria Atlantico brings its own history and culture to beer. Based near the docks of Buenos Aires, it tells the story of the immigrants who arrived in waves from the Old and New Worlds. The bar’s decor and drinks continue the narrative of telling the stories of American bartenders who bought the culture of cocktails, the English and the Dutch with their gin, the Italians with their Amari, the Cubans with rum. You’ll find the doorway to Floreria Atlantico through phone boxes, bookshelves and a florist.
Aline Vargas and Renato Giovannoni’s Floreria Atlantico is the Best Bar in South America. A liquid homage to the richness of immigration, Floreria Atlantico is a unique and historic bar.