Best/Cool/Interesting Bars by City

With many WSO members being avid drinkers, I figured it might be insightful to have an idea of bars worth visiting in different cities so when one is there (for business or pleasure) one has a decent idea of where a good night starts or ends. I'll kick off (spoilers)

My top 3 for London:
-Evans and Peel Detective Agency in Earl's Court: a bit far from the City, Mayfair and Canary Wharf but this speakeasy has great drinks and is an interesting experience. The door outside says 'detective' agency and when you enter, down the stairs there's a guy (the detective) sitting at a desk. You have to come up with a 'case' for him and he'll quiz you on details for 1-2 minutes. Then he pulls a books from a bookshelf, the wall turns around and you enter a secret bar. Pretty cool

-Bar at The Aethaenum Hotel on Piccadilly: simple bar that stands out with an incredible collection of whiskies.

-The Alchemist near Liverpool Street: pretty unique cocktails (made in beakers or with smoke etc) that are actually good and not just cool to look at.

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Apr 24, 2018

Also London, not been to your recommendations so I will be sure to check them out. A few I know;

Gong at the shard is one you should try at least once. Its at the top of the price range and you pay for the view, but also the presentation for the cocktails (PS18-20 range)

Aviary and Coq d'Argent are great rooftop locations for the summer (PS13-15), plus the balcony at OXO tower is great and when I went they had a nice menu of Martinis through the ages.

I've also heard the Connaught's bar is meant to be great, and I seem to recall it was ranked in the top few best bars in the world for this year, the only other London bar ahead of it being the American bar at the Savoy.

Jamavar, an Indian on Mount Street in Mayfair, also have really good cocktails - but the food is better.

Apr 24, 2018

Oscar Wilde in NYC. Terrific Victorian cocktails

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Apr 28, 2018

Very good insight from you guys, surprised!

In London I would also add:
- Aqua at The Shard/Soho
- Radio Rooftop (at ME, The Strand)
- The Golden Bee (coool!)

Cheers

Apr 28, 2018

I would love to get suggestions for San Francisco!

Apr 28, 2018

And a good one for NYC as well

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May 3, 2018

IMO:

  • local edition
  • rickhouse
  • pagan idol
  • dirty habit
Apr 29, 2018

Maison Premiere in Williamsburg next to Marcy ave. by the M train. Feel like the 1920s.
https://maisonpremiere.com/ Pianos right next to NYU
http://pianosnyc.com/

Apr 29, 2018

Anyone been to Dan's in Adams Morgan (DC)?

lol - we used to get hammered here ... pregame before hitting up the clubs ... great dive bar

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Last updated: Mar 5th, 2018 | By: Andrew Wiseman
Dan's Cafe is a dive bar in the truest sense of the word. Not a cafe at all, the place is a time warp - owned by the same family for many years, it seemingly hasn't changed in decades. That's kind of appealing in Adams Morgan, where even the popular, older bars change every few years and most places are constantly trying to find a new angle to get people to come in.

But not Dan's. The staff is unfriendly at best, everything is dingy and yellow, the fake plastic bricks are peeling off the walls and dim old beer signs hang from the ceiling. It looks like an abandoned building on the outside; I was shocked the first time I saw it was an actual, operating bar.

So why do I like it? It's got character. It's not like anywhere else and is cheaper than almost any bar in the city. Beer flows freely and "mixed" drinks are interesting: they'll give you a small bottle of booze, a can of Coke or juice, limes and a bucket of ice and you make them yourself - for $12. If you want shots, they mix them in a squeeze bottle and give you shot glasses and you go to town. You don't see that very often.

When I'm in the mood for a hilarious, cheap, and often crowded and sweaty time, this is the spot. I always take visitors there and we have a blast.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 2, 2018

Dear god Dan's cafe is something else. Serve drinks out of squeeze ketchup bottles or w/e

May 3, 2018

Place is dope, have about $20 worth of their ketchup bottles in my pantry.

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Apr 29, 2018
dr_mantistoboggan_MD:

Place is dope, have about $20 worth of their ketchup bottles in my pantry.

lol I don't know when they switched to ketchup bottles....hahaha wtf

It used to be plastic pints of cheap liquor.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 4, 2018

I blackout every time

Apr 29, 2018

Cloud 9 Cafe in the Grand Hyatt, Shanghai, is always worth mentioning. Breathtaking views.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 29, 2018
Isaiah_53_5:

Cloud 9 Cafe in the Grand Hyatt, Shanghai, is always worth mentioning. Breathtaking views.

Bar Rouge in Shanghai.

Apr 29, 2018

Anyone know cool bars in Singapore?

Apr 29, 2018

For Singapore, my favorites are:

  • Atlas Bar
  • Manhattan bar (Sunday brunch is killer!)
  • The Other Room ( for a quick drink)
  • 28 Hong Kong St (after-work drinks)
  • Auld Alliance (for the whisky cconnoisseur)
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Apr 29, 2018

you are a saint

Apr 30, 2018

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Don't break yourself on the way to making yourself

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Apr 29, 2018

I second Oscar Wilde in NY. The whole area around the Ace Hotel is pretty nice. The Breslin on the same street is excellent (if busy). They make a great lamb burger. Wilfie and Nell in the West Village is great as a spot to hang out while waiting for a table at Mary's Fish Camp. I think Mary's makes the best lobster rolls in the city. Smith and Mills on Greenwich and N. Moore is great. That whole street is pretty useful, actually. Across the street is Laconda Verde, which makes excellent cocktails (there is an attached lobby bar as well). Bubby's is right there, and the Brandy Library is also on the same street, so you can easily walk to a couple great spots without losing your buzz or fucking up your date with a long Uber/cab ride somewhere. The Parlor has a decent bar scene, though it's private. As does Ludlow House, Soho House and The Norwood, but they're all private.

In London, I second The Connaught Bar. There are actually two bars in The Connaught Hotel. Both are excellent. The one in the front to the right when you first walk in the primary entrance is quieter, well lit and better for business drinks. The namesake bar in the back is the more famous of the two. They make some excellent drinks. Their Bloody Mary is great and served with a celery seed foam. I don't like Bloody Mary's, but theirs is worth trying. They also will make you a martini table-side if you order the 'Connaught martini'. You get to pick the bitters and the gin or vodka. It might be worth the 30 pounds if you've never had one before.

Speaking of table-side martinis, Dukes Hotel in St. James's has a great bar. They make all the martinis table side in frozen heavy crystal glasses. If you are not a regular, you need to go early, and you're likely to be placed in the back room if you get a seat at all. Still, the drinks are excellent. Right around the corner is The American Bar at The Stafford Hotel. If I go to one, I generally go to the other as well. It's a different vibe from Duke's, but still great. The Stafford has one of the best courtyard drinking spots in the west end, and the interior decor is interesting. Dukes also has a courtyard and a cigar lounge. The courtyard is outside the front door, but the cigar lounge is in the center of the hotel, and you have to ask to be seated there. They'll even bring you drinks from the bar so you don't have to leave.

If you're in St. James's, there are loads of private member's clubs in the area. All of them have bars, but none are that great if I'm honest. I suppose it depends on what you're into. 67 Pall Mall is a nice wine bar, but you have to go with a member. The members clubs in Soho like Soho House and the Groucho are much more fun (they're also like a block away from one another). LouLou's and Annabel's are both great in the west end. LouLou's in particular is excellent as is Shoreditch House if you are in the East.

Assuming you can't get into any of those given you need to be a member or go with one, I'd check out the Little Black Door in Marylebone. Some of my friends launched the Little Yellow Door in Notting Hill a few years ago, and it was a success. The Little Yellow Door was meant to only last a year, but stayed open a bit longer. The Little Black Door is exceedingly difficult to get in, but if you can, it's significantly better than most bars in the city. It's also quite close to Chiltern Firehouse, which is great for late-night drinking. There are two bars at Chiltern. The one in the restaurant isn't the one you want to go to. You want to go to the Ladder Shed, which is the hotel lobby bar. In all likelihood, you won't get in if you just show up, but if you are polite and respectful, the hosts may sort you out. There are a lot more celebrities in the Ladder Shed than just about any other place I know in London, so it's a pain to get in. That said, the drinks are great and they make some unbelievable fried chicken with a dipping sauce that I'm craving right now as I write this. They pride themselves on their cocktails, and half the bartenders are Italian. It's better to sit in the back room if you can. There is also a smoking room through the back of the toilets in the basement which is actually pretty fun to hang out in.

As for other bars in NY or London, I think it's best to plan a routine in specific parts of the city. Travelling all over the place while inebriated is a pain in the ass. For instance, if you feel like hitting on rich women in the Upper East Side, I'd check out the bars at The Surrey or The Mark. They're both in the mid 70s essentially on the corner with Madison. The Surrey has a rooftop bar which is great in the summer. The Mark has two bars, one in the front of house to the left when you first walk in the lobby and the other further back in the restaurant. Whichever one you choose, you can also get your shoes shined when you take your inevitable trip to the bathroom. The shoe shine guy is there later than you'd think, so you can take care of at least one errand while drinking.

If you have to begin your evening in Midtown (as so many must), I'd check out the bar at the Iroquois Hotel. In terms of craft cocktails, you're not going to get any better than that in Midtown. And right across the street is The Royalton. They have a nice lobby bar. The benefit of these places is simple--they're close to a lot of people's offices, so you can get people to agree to meet for a drink after work more easily. Along the same lines is Keens Steakhouse on 36th and 6th. It's old school, and the bar serves fried shrimp as a free bar snack.

If you're in London, aside from The Connaught, the hotel bars at The Savoy, the Langham and The Goring are all excellent. The Goring is probably my favorite. They have a green in the back garden on which you can play croquet. I never do that, but it's not a bad idea. They used to serve great deviled eggs as a starter, but for reasons that surpass understanding, took them off the menu. I think the drinks are less interesting there than the decor and the company. If you're going to be loud, obnoxious or poorly dressed, you're not going to be allowed in to just about any place I listed thus far.

That's probably enough for some of you young monkeys to get drunk in style. Every place I listed is expensive for a reason, so keep that in mind. And a final note about The American Bar in London. There are two--both are great. The one at the Savoy makes better drinks, but has a piano player, so if you don't feel like listening to that sort of music, you can either go to the other bar in the Savoy (the American Bar is up the stairs to the left when you walk in, and the Beaufort Bar is down the stairs to the left through the lobby) or take my advice and go to The Stafford.

You are all welcome.

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Apr 29, 2018

Good color! Which ones of these are date-friendly destinations? Something where a couple can sit and talk.

Apr 29, 2018

Almost all of them.

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Apr 24, 2018

this is awesome

Sep 13, 2018

We would get along great

Apr 29, 2018

Moscow

  • Mandarin Bar (personal favorite)
  • Mendeleev Bar (underground secret bar, entrance is inside a noodle restaurant)
  • Mercedes Bar (last floor of Hotel Ukraina, panomaric view of Moscow)
  • Korobok (#1 Bartender in Russia works here)
  • O2 Lounge
  • City Space Bar & Restaurant
  • Moskovsky Bar
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Apr 29, 2018

Heading to Moscow this summer. Thank you!

Apr 29, 2018
JacobMoore8:

Moscow

  • Mandarin Bar (personal favorite)
  • Mendeleev Bar (underground secret bar, entrance is inside a noodle restaurant)
  • Mercedes Bar (last floor of Hotel Ukraina, panomaric view of Moscow)
  • Korobok (#1 Bartender in Russia works here)
  • O2 Lounge
  • City Space Bar & Restaurant
  • Moskovsky Bar

Which ones are for the younger crowd and which ones are for business people? In general, what's the social scene like?

PS. Thinking of visiting Russia this Fall - I left with my parents while it was still the USSR so I want to check it out

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Apr 29, 2018

All of the bars on the list are swanky, none will be filled with rowdy college kids. That being said, I'm a college kid myself and I prefer these kind of bars, but every time I go, me and my friends are the youngest. I can't advise on bars for only young people as I don't go to those myself because they're usually trashy, and I bet you aren't particularly interested in them either.

Apart from your typical upper-middle/upper class family and serious business people, every expensive place in Moscow will have the following characters:

  • "Papiki" aka Sugar Daddies, looking to spend their illegally acquired wealth in the 90s on 18 year old girls from Novosibirsk.
  • "Mazhori" aka Rich Kids, they have more money than you. Children of "Papiki". They have a liking for Hublot and Rolex watches, Philipp Plein clothes, and Mercedes-Benz and BMW cars. They have been popping champagne bottles in the best clubs in the world, from Moscow to St. Tropez since they were 16.
  • "18 year old girls from Novosibirsk", modern day hunters that move to Moscow looking for "Papiki" or even better, their sons "Mazhori", to capture and lock down for a guaranteed good life.
  • "Banditi" aka criminals, every scary Russian story involves them. All "Banditi" are "Papiki", but not all (most) "Papiki" are "Banditi". The worst are Hachs/Hachiki, people from the Caucasus region (Dagestan, Chechnya, Armenia, Georgia). They're a big reason as to why Russia hasn't moved past its 90s image. They're animals, they literally grew up on mountains with goats. They will try to intimidate you if they sense weakness. I'm not saying they're all bad, a close friend of mine is Armenian. But as my other friend likes to say: "est kavkazcy, a est hachiki" (there are people from from the caucasus, and then there are Hachiki). If you live in Moscow, you know what I'm talking about.
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May 5, 2018
JacobMoore8:

Moscow

  • Mandarin Bar (personal favorite)
  • Mendeleev Bar (underground secret bar, entrance is inside a noodle restaurant)
  • Mercedes Bar (last floor of Hotel Ukraina, panomaric view of Moscow)
  • Korobok (#1 Bartender in Russia works here)
  • O2 Lounge
  • City Space Bar & Restaurant
  • Moskovsky Bar

Mandarin Combustible correct?

Most of these while flashy are going to be more touristy/expensive and more for wealthy Russians not the more 'fun' kinda crowd. Mendelev is the exception.

I'd try Klava in Patriarchii Prudi, or Gypsy/Rolling Stone on the Island for starters. Strekla good for a drink or tow as well.

Keep in mind nothing starts until after 12pm in terms of late night places!

Apr 29, 2018

Mandarin Combustible, yes.

Touristy isn't a word I would use to describe that list of bars. Expensive? Yes, and there's a reason for it.

I haven't heard of Klava, but I can speak of Gipsy and Rolling Stones. Gipsy is fun, if you're into rap, pop, and hipsters. Not my kind of vibe. Rolling Stones is for broke college kids who didn't get into Gipsy or Icon (another club nearby). Anyhow, these are nightclubs, not bars. I've heard good things about Strelka though.

Apr 29, 2018

Shot in the dark, but as I'm seeing a lot of Euro's post, do any of you guys have bar recommendations for Paris? Got a trip coming up soon.

Apr 29, 2018

I'm American, but lived in Paris for a couple years. I assume you don't speak French, so going to some of the more interesting bars might be difficult. That said, the guys at The Little Red Door in Paris make some great drinks and at least a couple of them speak English. Club Silencio is great, and while it's a members' club, it sort of turns into a nightclub around midnight, and I think you can book a table even if you're not a member.

There is a great bar on the rooftop of the Hotel Raphael by the Arc du Triomphe. They have a lobby bar as well which is nice enough, but the rooftop bar should be open by the time you go there next month. If it's not, you can walk right next door and have a cocktail at The Peninsula. There are two bars in the hotel. The views from the one attached to the restaurant are better, but the lobby bar is my preference. They have a completely moronic table set up, though, that doesn't allow for very many people to be in the bar at once, so you should get there early or expect to sit at the bar.

If you can't get a table there or the bar is too crowded, you can walk a couple blocks to to the Sir Winston which has a surprisingly decent crowd and decor given how touristy the area is in general. If you're in the area, you should probably check out the bar at the Georges V (The Four Seasons). It's maybe a 10 minute walk around the Place de l'Etoile to get to the hotel. The bar is through the lobby to the right. They generally have live music via a pianist in the lobby. You can sit in the lobby and get served food and drinks if you want or sit outside in the courtyard, but the alcoholic in me likes the bar the best. The crowd is more touristy than anything else, which is true at the Prince de Galles next door as well (though that bar seems to have more locals).

If you were looking for after work drinks, you could start at any of those places, and then move to the Plaza Athenee, which is maybe a 3 minute walk from the George V. If you're new to Paris, I would recommend checking out the bar at the Hotel Costes. The crowd there tends to be quite good, and there are loads of other great bars in walking distance. When I go, since I don't live there any longer, I like to stay at Le Burgundy which is close by.

Enjoy your trip.

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Apr 29, 2018

Dude, I can't thank you enough. I will start looking into all of these.

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Apr 29, 2018

Went to Evans and Peel's a couple weeks ago. Really nice place!

Apr 29, 2018

They have another one called 'the pharmacy' or something like that in Kensington

Apr 29, 2018

Pearl oyster bar in west village is a favorite. Freshest oysters in the city, and the lobster roll is insane. Also great spot to pregame, and just get some bomb seafood in general. Sparrow and sable are equally awesome if you're in the Chi. Sparrow is right next to the Hang Uppe, so if you're trying to rage post cocktails, great spot. Sable just straight up has the best drinks in the city. On the pricier side, but you won't regret it. Lastly, Clermont Lounge in ATL is a place everyone should experience. It's an old school strip club, all the strippers are retired strippers, and the place is rowdy all fucking night. I shit you not, one stripper picked up a beer can from my hands with her tits and proceeded to crush my beer with them. I was in awe, her tits had the power of a car crusher...and she didn't let up, kept crushing dudes beers with her tits all night. I tipped her a fifty spot just out of pure respect for her talent. Anyways, just a few places off the top of my head.

Apr 29, 2018

Killing Kittens in NYC is great for BDSM

Apr 29, 2018

Hong Kong

loads of really cool bars to hit. Highly recommend going to Lan Kwai Fong (LKF). Its basically an area where Hong Kong PD gave up trying to police it so they just said fuck it heres 5 blocks where you can party in the streets 7 days a week. Tons of expats from around the world go there too so talk about the ultimate in networking events lol

  1. Ozone Bar (Worlds highest bar)
  2. FoxGlove
  3. wooloomooloo
  4. Volar
  5. Dragon-I
  6. Premium Sofa Club (great for chill house music)
  7. Buddha Lounge (that one go to bar that every city has that stay open till 10 the next day)
Apr 29, 2018

This thread has great potential.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Apr 29, 2018

If people attached pictures of their party nights at some of these bars it would really be the cherry on top of the sundae

Apr 29, 2018

lmao if only. Our assess would be toast by HR come monday morning.

Apr 29, 2018

I'm more of a dive-bar guy (and only 22) so I'm a big fan of Iron Horse in New York. Right by Wall Street, $2 beers at all time of day/night and scantily clad bartenders that perform some interesting tricks for a couple bucks. Best place to go after work while you're waiting for the rest of your boys to get out of work and load up on cheap booze.

The Crown is also a hidden gem, right near Chinatown and has the panoramic rooftop view of New York. Best view I've ever seen of the city. DJ also plays a dope playlist of mixes from old school NY rappers. Love hearing Biggie and Mobb Deep at the bar.

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Apr 29, 2018

If you're ever in London, the London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus is a pretty good dive-bar.

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May 3, 2018

Based on your rec I went down today. I can confirm there are $2 beers and $7 watered down shot and beer. There are a bunch of 6s and 7s who do tricks(no not those tricks), for a fiver. I witnessed a thick booty lady in lingerie hola hoop 3 different hoops all while balancing a full corona on her head. If you like throwing quarters at strippers, this is your place.

It's the same theme as The Patriot and Nassau Bar.

Apr 29, 2018

For a 10 spot they'll take one of your buddies on that swing overhead and give them a swinging lap dance. Really wholesome stuff.

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Sep 13, 2018

Major 2nd on the Crown, I go all the time

Apr 29, 2018

Philz Coffee - Menlo Park, California

The one in the Facebook campus is probably the best by far.

Apr 30, 2018

Chicago.

Probably too many to name whole city has an alcohol problem.

Paris/UG for the club. Richards might actually be a mafia joint. Celeste for a classier crowd. Aviary for fancy drinks. Ceres at the board of trade is popular for the after work crowd.

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May 4, 2018

There is no "might" about it. Richards is definitely home to some made guys.

May 4, 2018

Add the Milk Room at Chicago Athletic Association to the list. Longman & Eagle has an unreal whiskey selection and a Michelin star, though their mixology seems a bit lacking. I'll also second the recommendations for the Aviary (the best cocktails in the city) as well as Celeste.

May 8, 2018

This is a pretty douchey/lazy list tbh unless you're 35+, then these make sense (with the exception of Celeste). Never posted on here before, but have to steer everyone in the right direction here so here are some of my favorites:

River North:
- Clubs/Aggressive Bars: Underground, Celeste (Disco bar), Untitled (Thursday night burlesque), El Jefe, Joy District (Roof), Henry's (Downstairs), Freemont, Paris, Bottled Blonde
- Bars: Streeters, Three Dots and a Dash, Bub City, HQ Beercade, Stout

West Loop:
- Clubs/Aggressive Bars: The Mid (would only go for a good dj), Ronero (upstairs), Federales (at night)
-Bars: Pizza Parlor, Federales, G-Cue, Ace Hotel (rooftop), St. Lou's, Moneygun, The Dawson

Old Town:
- Clubs/Aggressive Bars: Beaumont's
- Bars: Burtons, Lady Gregory's, Fireplace Inn, Pour House, the Vig

Lincoln Park:
- Bars: Lotties, Kirkwood, Zella's

Division Street:
- Aggressive Bars: Hopsmith, Mothers Too, The Hangee Uppee
- Bars: The Lodge, Butch McGuire's

Wrigleyville:
- Aggressive Bars: John Barley Corn, Deuce's
- Bars: Slugger's, Old Crow

Logan Square/Wicker:
- Aggressive Bars: Slippery Slope, East Room
- Bars: Emporium, Lost Lake, Whiskey Business

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May 9, 2018

Second the majority of this list. Also agree with the breakdown of aggressive vs casual bars.

Apr 30, 2018

Haha a lot of douchey spots on there. Basically just a river north list.

I'm old enough to remember when Josh worked the door at Paris.

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Apr 30, 2018

Houston:

Casual:
-Kirby Ice House
-The Owl Bar
-Little Woodrow's (Chain but some locations are cool... I like the Rice Village one followed by Hot Dogs at YoYo's... If you wanna rage/bar hop the one in midtown is better).

Not fancy, but more upmarket:

-Stone's Throw
-Anvil
-Reserve 101

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May 4, 2018

Thursday nights at Armandos, anyone?

Sep 11, 2018
sasquatchTX:

Thursday nights at Armandos, anyone?

Ha, you and I have probably rubbed shoulders once before!

Apr 29, 2018

Another that comes to mind for London is BYOC (bring your own cocktail). They have a few locations around London and the concept is simple. You bring your own bottle of spirit, pay PS25 per person for a 2 hour session, and they make your cocktails with their own chasers and mixers.

I went with two friends and out of a bottle of gin, we got 5 (strong) drinks each. Good bar for groups

Apr 30, 2018

Here are my suggestions on London bars

The Gibson - Between Shoreditch and Clerkenwell
The Luggage Room - Mayfair
The American Bar at the Stafford Hotel - Mayfair
The Coburg Bar at The Connaught Hotel (Straight into the right)
The Connaught Bar - The Connaught Hotel ( Behind the stairs next to the loo)
The Nickel Bar at The Ned- meat market for singles - City
The Dovetail - Great Belgium Beer Place - Clerkenwell
The Oriole - Smithfield Meat Market
Dandelyan - Great Cocktails - Next to OXO Tower
Discount Suit Company - Great Drinks! - Aldgate East
Madison - Rooftop of One New Change- Good after work, view of St Pauls.
Scarfes Bar - Holborn
Reverend J W Simpson - Fitzrovia
Artesian Bar - The Langham
Chiltern Firehouse - Marylebone
Bar Boulud - Mandarin Hotel Knightsbridge

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Apr 29, 2018

I second the vast majority of this list. I forgot about Scarfes Bar in the Rosewood Hotel. It's a bit crowded at times, which is somewhat remarkable given the size of the place. The decor is excellent. It's a good suggestion for meeting a barrister after work since it's close to the Inns of Court. It's also walking distance from the London School of Economics, so if any of you students have some cash to burn, check it out.

May 5, 2018
brotherbear:

I second the vast majority of this list. I forgot about Scarfes Bar in the Rosewood Hotel. It's a bit crowded at times, which is somewhat remarkable given the size of the place. The decor is excellent. It's a good suggestion for meeting a barrister after work since it's close to the Inns of Court. It's also walking distance from the London School of Economics, so if any of you students have some cash to burn, check it out.

That Rosewood bar is really cool, second it (er, third it I guess? :)) Love the Connaught bars too.

Has Berner's Tavern been mentioned yet? Love that place, should be on any London list.

May 1, 2018

Anyone have any suggestions for Boston? Looking to up my bar game, really only frequent the sports ones.

May 3, 2018

Envoy Hotel Rooftop, Yvonne's

May 4, 2018

Lolita Tequila Bar is new and looks like a great after work beers spot
Clery's in south end personal favorite

May 4, 2018

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May 4, 2018

Big fan of Carrie Nation's lounge/speakeasy

Sep 5, 2018

So here is some stuff I (a lifelong resident) like...
Favorite Clubs: Royale, Grand, Bijou
Other Decent Clubs: Icon/Venu, Whiskey Saigon
Nicer Bars: Envoy Rooftop, Precinct, Yotel Rooftop, Clery's
Fun As Fuck Bars: Coogs, Tia's, Lolita's, Greatest Bar, Harp, Bell in Hand
Favorite Summer Spot: Colonnade Rooftop Pool (buy a cabana)

Honestly, it's Boston. There are bars everywhere that often fill up. Go somewhere and get absolutely sent.

Dayman?

May 2, 2018

anyone have suggestions for dallas?

Apr 29, 2018

On a semi-regular basis, the Four Seasons in Las Colinas hosts a week-long retreat for Mary Kay or L'Oreal saleswomen.

Who cares about the bar--you'd have to be a mutant not to get laid.

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May 3, 2018

Hottest bar in Dallas right now is Bottle Blonde and Backyard in Deep Ellum. Both are owned by the same company out of Scottsdale. Summer 17 was all about Happiest Hour, but the babes have migrated.

May 5, 2018

Heard good things about the ginger man.

May 9, 2018

Yup. Saw a certain famous golfer at Backyard a few weeks ago.

May 3, 2018

Mr Fogg's Residence in Mayfair

May 3, 2018

For any Lisbon (Portugal) visitors, here is my insight:

  1. Park Rooftop (the one in the image)
    Great view over the city and bridge, while sitting on comfortable seats. It's in Chiado, one of the main areas to visit in Lisbon. Don't worry about it being exterior, there isn't such a thing as bad weather in Portugal.
  2. Pensao Amor
    An alternative bar that was adapted from a former brothel. Very cool and filled with tourists in Cais do Sodre, an area to go out.
  3. Bairro Alto
    This is not a bar but a zone to go. Its filled with bars everywhere and just cool to walk around from bar to bar, drinking around

Feel free to PM for any additional questions

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Apr 29, 2018

Went to Lisbon for the first time a few weeks ago - Bairro Alto is incredible!

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May 3, 2018

Glad you liked it!! You guys must find this place super cheap!

Also, beer in "Arco do Cego", a nice park to chill at, costs 50 cents

May 3, 2018

I think I went to Park Rooftop (it looks like the one I went to, on top of a car park?), it was a cool bar with good views, but it was so packed, you couldn't move at all, which was quite a shame.

May 3, 2018

Yup, it's on top of a car park haha
When did you go? Like season/month?
It depends, as the place is probably already on TripAdvisor and other websites like that, and must thus be packed like you said.

If you return to Lisbon send a PM and I'll give you some more local places.
Like the other comment, next time go to Arco do Cego, for beer at 50 cents, or Joker, a bar decorated with a fuck ton of movie/series props and arts.

May 4, 2018

Has anyone mentioned the New York Beer Company in NYC yet? I bet that quite a few would like the stock market theme.

Made ya look

May 4, 2018

Great post! Looking forward to visiting some of these establishments (e.g. Moscow).

May 4, 2018

Any recommendations for LA? Super spread out but always down to try new places.

May 4, 2018

A couple for London that haven't been previously named:

7 Tales - Clerkenwell
Burlock - Marylebone
The Ship - Wandsworth

+1s for The Dukes Hotel and Scarfes Bar

If you want a pub with an incredible beer selection, good outdoor seating and a damn good Sunday roast, check out The White Horse on Parsons Green. I make a point to go every time I'm in London.

Barcelona (used to live there):

Xix Bar in Poble Sec is the best Gin bar I've ever been to.
Bar El Tomas in La Sarria has the best tapas in the city.

New York:

Mother's Ruin - SoHo
BlackTail - Battery Park
The Churchill - Kips Bay

+1 for Oscar Wilde

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