One of the traits of a good city is the number and quality of its watering holes. The vibrant city life is incomplete without its variety of pubs, where old friends gather, and new ones are made over good liquor and friendly banter. Speaking of which, we’ve picked out our list of top Lounge Bars from around the world. Known for brilliant concoctions, a fine ambience, and great food – here are a few Lounge Bars you must visit in this lifetime.
- The American Bar, London
The American Bar at Savoy, London is recognized as one of the best Lounge Bars ever. And the fact that it claimed the coveted #1 position on The World’s 50 Best Lounge Bars list only reinforces its position. The 127-year-old bar also has its fair share of history. It’s known to have served Neil Armstrong his first alcoholic beverage – the Moonwalk cocktail to be precise – after his return from the moon in 1969. The American Bar is home to a range of mind-blowing cocktails. In fact, The Savoy Cocktail Book has a range of classic recipes that are considered an important reference in the universal bar industry. If you’re looking for a fair bit of history and intelligent concoction – The American Bar is quite the place for gentlemen and ladies.
- Dandelyan, London
If you haven’t considered going to the Dandelyan yet, it’s recent honour as the World’s Best Cocktail Bar in the 2017 Spirited Awards should be reason enough. Dandelyan is a mix of adventure and innovation, elegantly presented in the world of hard liquor. It adheres to a botanical theme, serving rare root & plant-infused drinks by one of the world’s greatest mixologist – Ryan Chetiyawardana a.k.a Mr. Lyan. Think sunflower and chocolate vermouth or a bergamot peel with lavender liqueur. As if the concoctions weren’t good enough, the fact that Dandelyan is located in London with a splendid view of the Thames should be an added reason to hit up this place. Raise a toast – to new adventures and quirks!
- The NoMad Bar, New York
Ah, New York – the city of dreams and good liquor – quite the combination. Situated on the bustling Broadway in Flatiron District, it’s proximate to the popular Madison Square Park and subways. The NoMad bar was ranked #3 on The World’s 50 Best Lounge Bars list in 2017. This much-loved bar has been making news and winning hearts since it opened in 2012. The interiors consist of dark wood panelling and heavy curtains, rendering a rich and aristocratic look that’s very Instagram worthy. And then, of course, there’s a wide range of drinks – some of the finest in the world.
- The Dead Rabbit, New York
Another one with a top spot in The World’s 50 Best Lounge Bars list, this bar is located a short distance from the Wall Street and usually sees a huge influx of customers from the financial world. The bar draws plenty of inspiration from Ireland – the land of its two founders. It has a huge collection of brilliant Irish whiskey – and by that we mean roughly 145 kinds that are used to create about 72 cocktails. The interiors are done tastefully, paying homage to Irish culture. The down-to-earth, no-airs atmosphere adds to the beauty of this brilliant bar where folk get together to drink good whiskey, enjoy a heartfelt conversation, and enjoy the night.
- Manhattan, Singapore
Manhattan has been listed in The World’s 50 Best Lounge Bars list and continues to retain its spot as one of Asia’s leading Lounge Bars. This aesthetically done bar reveals marble floors and glass elevators with velvet drapes and Chesterfield sofas – looking absolutely picture perfect. The very elaborate menu can leave you spoilt for choice, and the experienced staff of mixologists is sure to serve you drinks that’ll surprise your senses. This classic spot is like a page from The Great Gatsby – where comfort and style meet the world’s best concoctions.
And that sums up our list of five best Lounge Bars in the world. But you don’t necessarily need to be in New York or London to enjoy a haute experience. Kaze Club situated on the topmost floor with a brilliant 360-degree view is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed evening, as you bond with friends over fine liquor. Alternatively, you can also host an evening soiree at the Midori lounge – the garden club located on the ground level. Because at Phoenix Kessaku – you’ll never fail to indulge in fine experiences.