Almost every city in the world has a bar or pub. The hard part is actually choosing which one to go to. Endless online reviews make it even more overwhelming to make a decision. That’s why it’s always best to get a recommendation from someone local instead. So, we asked our Sidekicks to go out and find the best cocktail bars, pubs and taverns in their neighborhoods.
Located inside of a two-story mansion that dates back to 1920, this swanky bar infuses their spirits in-house with tropical fruits. Order one of their creative cocktails then head up to the rooftop and dance under the moonlight.
Opened by Oasis (Yep, that’s us. We have our own members’ club.), this creative space brings together like-minded expats, locals and travelers through art exhibits, tastings and private dinners.
33 by Santi Ortiz
It’s easy to miss 33, as it’s quite possible one of the smallest bars in Barcelona. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in attention to details. Head mixologist Santi Ortiz will blow you away with complex flavors and masterful presentations.
New York City
Travel through time at this bar that’s split into four rooms—each one representing different historical eras. Grab a drink in the JFK room or lounge in the Gatsby Room. There’s no name on the door at this restaurant, which is probably for the best. Even though it’s been around for a few years, it’s managed to maintain its speakeasy vibes.
Prescription Cocktail Club
Impeccable bartending skills and a cozy atmosphere come together to make this lounge unlike any other place in London. They have an impressive list of classic cocktails, but we recommend trying one of the experimental house drinks like the Gin Gin Mule. On a busy night, head upstairs to the second bar that’s hidden behind a bookshelf.
Luciferina is a bar and social club located in a house built during the Porfiriato period in 1876. Industrial touches and contemporary architecture give the space a unique vibe. The elaborate cocktails set the Luciferina apart from other bars, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the famous tarántula venom infused cocktail. Don’t worry, it’ll only make your tongue numb for a few minutes.
Look out at the London skyline while sipping on a classic cocktail. Coq d’Argent sits at the top floor of the impressive No. 1 Poultry building in the heart of the city. It has a meticulously cared for rooftop garden with panoramic views. Our favorite drink is the French 75, created with gin, lemon juice and topped with Möet and Chandon.
After a day of sightseeing, swing by Etablì and wind down with their long list of wines less-known vineyards from Italy and around the world. The mismatched furniture gives Etablì the feel of a cozy living room and there’s even an in-house bakery if you’re in the mood for a snack.