Get your passport ready and your drinking cap on, because there’s a load of world famous bars out there to explore, and a whole lot of history to be soaked up along the way! From London’s oldest cocktail bar to a 600-year-old wine den, here are BUCKiTDREAM’s top 7 bars you need to visit at least once in your life.
Pull Up a Seat at the World’s Best Bar (New York) If you’re a cocktail fanatic, then you should have Irish bar Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog at the top of your list. Nestled in the heart of the Financial District, this venue has been awarded the ‘World’s Best Bar’ title by the prestigious 50 Best Bar Awards. The bar is named after an Irish American criminal gang from the 1800s, and, in line with its criminal connotations, the bar is also featured in the movie Gangs of New York.
Address: 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004
Travel Back to the 1920s at London’s Oldest Cocktail Bar (UK) On entering the American Bar at The Savoy, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked back 100 years. With its art deco style furnishing and smartly dressed bartenders in white suits, it feels like this place has barely changed since it opened back in the 1900s. The place has survived two world wars, and served the likes of Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway.
It’s also been home to some of the world’s most famous bartenders and is the place where the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book was born. While you’re here, make sure you try the bar’s legendary Hanky Panky cocktail, which was invented by famous female bartender, Ada Coleman.
Address: The Savoy Hotel, 100 Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK
Sink a Bellini in the Spot Where It Was Invented (Italy) Harry’s Bar in Venice is actually more of an Italian restaurant (but we justify its place on the list because it’s the birthplace of many renowned drinks). As well as the Bellini, the bar is also known for its dry martini and claims to be where the carpaccio dish was created, too. People travel far and wide to visit this place, which is so famous the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared it a national landmark back in 2001. The place has welcomed many famous faces through its doors since opening in 1931, from the likes of Ernest Hemingway to Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.
Address: Calle Vallaresso, 1323, 30124 San Marco, Venezia VE, Italy
Kick Back with a Singapore Sling at this Legendary Hotel Bar (Singapore) If you’re going to drink anywhere in this island nation, it’s going to be the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, where the famous Singapore Sling was born. Join city slickers and snap happy tourists tucking into this signature classic. Also, don’t feel weird about everyone throwing their peanut shells on the floor – apparently it’s tradition. The Raffles Writer’s Bar in the hotel lobby is also worth a visit; it’s a tribute to the many wordsmiths that either visited or penned stuff while staying here.
Address: Raffles Hotel #02-00, 1 Beach Road (S)189673, Singapore 189673
Knock Back Elaborate Cocktails at this World-Renowned Drinking Den (France) Little Red Door in Paris, France has a firm place in the World’s 50 Best Bars list, so you know you’re going to find something pretty special. Once you go down the Parisian back alley, you’ll slip through the unassuming gray entrance and meet a red door. Enter through it to find a hip candlelit bar with awesome cocktails from the short and sweet list – all made from fresh, local ingredients.
Address: 60 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
Sip on Frozen Daiquiris at Hemingway’s Favorite Hangout (Cuba) El Floridita in Havana, Cuba has been around since 1817, and it’s where Ernest Hemingway used to swig daiquiris by the bucket load in the 1930s. It’s also where the frozen version of the cocktail was born. So, fitting is the cocktail bars’ self-proclaimed title of “The Cradle Of The Daiquiri.” While in the Cuban city, definitely check out another of Hemingway’s favorite watering holes, La Bodeguita del Medio – allegedly where the mojito was first made.
Address: Obispo, La Habana, Cuba
Drink Wine in the World’s Oldest Wine Bar (Italy) If you’re after old school, Al Brindisi in Ferrara, Italy is your place; come here and drink wine pulled from the dusty rack while soaking up the bar’s rich history. The original bar starting trading here back in 1100 AD, serving laborers sweating it out at the nearby cathedral. Apparently Titian and Cellini used to drink here back in the 15th century, along with Copernicus, who drank here while he was a student. Now that’s what we call retro!
Address: Via Adelardi, 11, 44100 Ferrara FE, Italy