Today’s bars are designed to allow customers to lounge and hang out. The featured bars here, in which some have bagged home multiple awards, have a great history where VIPs and celebrities made their presence there. It is critical that bars need to be designed to look its best and most luxurious, but aesthetics are not always all about what would attract the crowd. The bars that we are about to present have interiors that come alive, allowing its occupants to savour the fancy drinks and cocktails served. If you can’t appreciate expensive drinks, at least be inspired by the interior design! So read on and find out.
1| Subsix in Maldives
Just a stone’s throw away from the private jetty, enter this clam-inspired cosy bar via a dramatic three-tier staircase and be overwhelmed by the interior setting decorated with shells suspended from the ceiling, a huge chandelier as centrepiece in the shape of a coral and other beautiful decorative to exude a sense of an ocean and reefs around you. The bar is filled with gorgeous, natural elements together with modern furniture that sets against the undersea backdrop. While the bar offers a great selection of innovative cocktails inspired by ocean life such as Harbor Reef, which is made of rum, fresh lime balanced with crème de cassis and topped with ginger ale that is easy to drink yet refreshing and palatable. Tang Breeze exudes a hint of vanilla essence mixed with a balance of fruitiness from the fresh passion fruit and the dryness from the champagne, and Jasmine cocktail has a surprising hint of jasmine along with a delicate combination of aromatic gin and bitter sweet Campari with a touch of fresh lemon, which all the drinks seem perfect to start the night off or as the sun sets.
2| Artesian in London
Artesian launches an innovative menu each year to offer new experience to guests. The mixologists will explore unusual ingredients, including ash, gem-stones, larch, leather mushrooms and parsnip to concoct a drink that is coded according to character and depth with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails listed together. Perhaps the drinks here aren’t cheap but they are probably worth the try. As a winner of multiple accolades and awards and even bagged home Polignac Best Bar in Europe Award, guests will also be inspired by the bold and coveted interior that looks as good as all its classic and innovative cocktails. Even the ice here is special – produced using the very latest technology, making it last longer and your cocktails cooler.
3| Atrium Bar in Melbourne
Located in Melbourne beneath a stunning mirrored fifteen-floor canopy, this majestic-looking lounge exudes a sophisticated and elegant ambiance, befitting the ambient destination. The Atrium Bar on 35 is said to serve the best Champagne, signature cocktails, boutique beers along with fine wine. Here, discover a creative cocktail menu that promises bountiful, balanced, respectful of flavour and soul. Try the all-time favourites such as Mojitos, Manhattans, Classic Martinis and New York Sours to Tiki Cocktails of simple yet powerful combinations, taking its visitors back to the 40’s and 50’s.
4| Blue Bar in New York
One of the best and iconic hotel bars in Times Square, New York, this upscale bar established in 1933 has constantly been reinventing itself to stay modern and creating drinks that will delight thirsty revellers. Whether you are simply having a quick drink or staying on to enjoy a perfectly poured cocktail, the Blue Bar makes a great place to lounge and unwind after work or with colleagues, and at the same time, relish the rich history and subtly lit ambiance. The signature drinks here include ‘Martini – Diamond Bader & Garrin’ at a staggering sum of $15,000, in which the drink is topped with a diamond from the jeweller Bader & Garrin.
5| Rumpus Room in London
The Rumpus Room at Mondrian London has reopened on March 31 following a complete refurbishment in 2017. Curated by London based designer Jacu Strauss, the new and innovative look of the bar encompasses the transatlantic essence that runs throughout the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the backdrop of incredible city views over the London skyline and River Thame at this upscale bar located on the 12th level. It’s the place to kick-start a merriment, have small bites and enjoy the sumptuous drink concoctions and groove to the live music entertainment from the 5-piece band as well as live DJ set from the bar’s resident DJ. A carefully designed drinks list from Head Barman, Idris Conti, will befit the bars relaxing atmosphere serving up delicious cocktails, such as: R.I.N elixir, made with celery and absinthe drops, citrus, rice, tea and apple shrub; Bombay sapphire gin and tonic water; and Farmer’s Punch, made with Falernum, maraschino, citrus, Amero Averna and Garmana 2yo Cachaca.
6|American Bar at The Stafford London
The American Bar at The Stafford London is an institution in its own right where every available wall and surface is crammed with an intriguing collection of artefacts, knick-knacks and signed celebrity photographs donated by patrons and guests over the years. Soak up the history of one of London’s most notable cocktail establishments and enjoy a signature cocktail, created by head mixologist Erik Rychnavsky with each relating to a special The Stafford London story.