8 unusual bars that will take drinking up a notch (or two)
Your DIY cocktail may best be enjoyed within the comfort of your home, with some Thai food ordered-in and a bed that isn’t too far away from the bar cart. But, in a room full of new faces and unexplored scotch bottles, a lot more interesting events could take place if you just take a chance on your wallet (and your liver).
From London getting tipsy on liquor that passed the security check, to an Indian bar with historic figures as its patrons, these are the most interesting bars you can count on to have a good time and then some.
Where: BYOC Camden, London
Why: The most happening underground party in London doesn’t store alcohol and yet, the bartender at BYOC Camden will make you some mean cocktails. How? It’s BYOB. Hand over that bottle of Johnnie Walker to the talented bar team and they’ll serve you cocktails, nice and smooth. The unusuality doesn’t stop there— the bar looks like a hidden poker room that uses a restaurant as a front. However, it’s far from that. Still, it isn’t every day you’ll get to feel like a don doing business in a suave watering hole in London.
Where: Havana Club, Abu Dhabi
Why: Havana Club has rightfully earned its spot among GQ’s best cigar bars in the world. It’s close to the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, but Havan Club holds its own when it comes to exquisite interiors. Step in for a night cap or crack a billion dollar deal in the lounge or private room. And, no matter what you’re drinking, make sure that your drink is accompanied with one of Havana’s finest cigars.
Where: GQ Bar, Berlin
Why: With one already out in Dubai, GQ Bar’s sister outpost in Berlin deserves its very own shoutout. Europe’s most stylish and most influential gentlemen have a new bar on the block to make their favourite watering hole. While the building in which the bar sits is historic in nature itself, the interiors designed by iconic fashion maverick Karl Lagerfeld will make your hangover worth your while. So, a trip to Berlin then, yes?
Where: Patiala Peg at The Imperial, New Delhi
Why: If there ever was a location that decided India’s future after the British Raj, Patiala Peg at The Imperial sure played a role. At least, that’s what legend holds; its something you won’t find in history textbooks. Established in 1936, this polo bar is the Indian historic equivalent of the tipple spot where the Fitzgeralds and Hemingway hung out as friends. Decked with portraits of Nehru, Jinnah and others from the Independence era, Patiala Peg will make you think you’re in a time machine.
Where: Joben Bistro, Cluj-Napoca
Why: On the outside, this Romanian bar looks like something out of a fantasy or science fiction movie but on the inside...well, it looks the same. Inspired by H.G Wells and Jules Verne’s most notable works, stepping into Joben Bistro is almost like stepping into the Mad Hatter’s mind. The steampunk decor, the drinks, and everything about the place will want to make you pinch yourself to see whether you’re in your own dream.
Where: Blaine Bar, Paris
Why: Blaine will be your true test to finding out whether you’re worth the secrecy of the speakeasy. To enter this bar, you’ll have to give the man guarding the door a password. If you say the magic words, you’ll be able to step into Paris’ trendiest and booziest haunt. From French cocktails to jazz and blues music, Le Blaine is the kind of a bar where the exclusivity of it all makes it a perfect date night spot.
Where: Deep, Makarska
Why: Deep is one of the rarest gifts to the global F&B industry. This bar in Croatia is located in a naturally-formed cave setting and this is what makes this drinking hole so special. It overlooks the sea while you sip on your cocktail and listen to some of the world’s most famous DJs spinning at the console. That’s right, Deep is a club that goes beyond its local reach; even celebrities are in the know. Handy tip: carry sunglasses and a camera, will ya?
Where: The Church, Dublin
Why: Wash down your sins with a bottle of whisky at the Church in Dublin...at least, that’s one way of doing it. As the name suggests, this majestic stained-glass joint previously went by St. Mary’s Church that shut down and remained like that for a long time. Now,The Church serves as a bar, restaurant and a dance floor for Ireland.
So, until the next interesting bar pops up somewhere around the globe, just Keep on Walking!
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By GQ India