It’s always six o’clock somewhere… As the world finally welcomes back travellers minus onerous restrictions, the Independent’s travel team is relishing the thought of getting back to some of the world’s best beers, bars, cocktails and local spirits while trotting the globe. But where to head first – a sunset bar perhaps, or a city rooftop? Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, we recommend a much-needed drink in these venues:
As a flight-free traveller, many of my foreign – and domestic – journeys begin and end in St Pancras station. The home of the Eurostar, which can whizz me to Paris, Lille, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam (plus the French Alps if hopping onboard the TravelSki Express), this majestic piece of Victorian Gothic architecture in north London is synonymous with glamour and excitement in my mind. It’s why one of my favourite drinking spots is the Searcys Champagne Bar on the upper level of the station – for what could be more glam than kicking off a trip with a flute of fizz, to a backdrop of international trains?
The bar got a snazzy upgrade over the summer too, complete with carriage style décor, new cosy booths and a seafood bar offering platters and oysters – though the iconic “press for Champagne” buttons at every table have stayed put. Looking to push the boat out before a special trip? Order The Pancras By Searcys Champagne cocktail (with Grand Marnier, 42Below vodka, peach liqueur and brown sugar muddled with Cuvee Champagne Brut NV) and a decadent shellfish platter groaning with Colchester rock oysters, Shetland mussels, Mediterranean prawns, yellowfin tuna tartare and dressed Portland crab… Helen Coffey
My top city for a cocktail is New York, but as prices are high (make sure you factor in that per-drink tip!) I have a high and a lowbrow option for you. For a swanky nightcap, go for Bemelmans Bar in the 93-year-old Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side. There’s a pianist tinkling the ivories, curious illustrations by its namesake artist on the walls, and that old-fashioned style of cocktail serve where they give you a mini cocktail shaker with a top up amount beside your glass (order a Manhattan for the full experience). Lucy…
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