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The First International PDT Bar Opens in Hong Kong

PDT experience includes the signature ‘secret’ entrance, disguised as an old-fashioned phone booth

Located at the swanky Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong hotel, PDT (Please Don’t Tell), which is voted one of the best bars in the bar guides by patrons, will now open on its first permanent location in Hong Kong.

The PDT Bar Hong Kong’s edition has been recreated to reflect one of New York’s most popular speakeasies, notable for its clandestine phone-booth entrance, gourmet haute dogs and creative cocktails, you don’t have to travel out to taste the similar goodness.

Helmed by Hong Kong’s Mandarin Michelin-starred chef, chef Richard Ekkebus, he has created a list of menu serving up Hong Kong’s version of riff on Crif, using frankfurters made with free-range pork, chicken and beef. For example, the Honkie Dog is made with fried pork combined with sakura shrimp and XO mayo. For fries, the chef recommended okonomoyaki-style tater tots topped with kewpie mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, shredded nori, bonito shavings and scallions.

Wash down with one of the drinks from the list, such as The Big Fan – for example, has a refreshing shandy, made with Cabeza tequila, lime juice, pink peppercorn, guava, and locally produced craft beer Moonzen Fujian Radler.

Seats up to 25 people, the PDT bar features a copper bar top, herringbone patterned wood ceiling and taxidermy to complete the cosy and intimate ambiance. Visionary OG mixologist Jim Meehan, who was named the American Bartender of the Year by groups like Tales of the Cocktail, Drinks International and the James Beard Foundation, has curated new drinks for patrons to enjoy and unwind in comfort. Pick from PDT Hong Kong’s drinks menu, featuring 15 types of cocktails, including a mix of original PDT classics.

For more details, please visit PDT Bar Hong Kong here.

Tale As Old As Time: Austria’s krypt.bar in Wasagasse, Vienna

The counter plate features the European walnut and the lower part of the bar counter features the Sahara noir laurent gold marble in a mirrored pattern. | Images courtesy of David Schreyer

Down the lanes of Wasagasse, Vienna, there are empty street front shops and there’s an ancient heritage building on the location that existed since the late 18th century, in which the building has just been transformed into a cocktail and underground bar, which is quite an aesthetical gem.

BFA and Büro KLK Architects were tasked to convert the spaces within, playing around with the theme “Archeology in a Jazz Club” and breathe life into the venue again where visitors to the bar+club can lounge and chill out at ease.

According to the historical investigations, the heritage building was described as “a semi-legal establishment in the 50ies and 60ies in an era of Vienna’s flourishing jazz scene represented by names as Joe Zawinul or Fatty George.” To retain the old world’s charm, nothing needs to be reinvented but simply reveal the generic “genius loci”.

Due to some strict guidelines concerning the conservation of a historic building, the interior design works embraced a few challenges; the static structure, the ventilating pipes and other additional installations were cladded in gold composites, the krypt.bar sprawled over the long structural flooring made of Italian nero marquina marble and each tile had to be manually laid in a herringbone bond. Moreover, the structures within had to be secured with a load-bearing trussing in-line with the engineering requirements.


Sofa DS- 1025 by Ubald Klug are arranged with the brand-new bean bags by Alexander Wang for Poltrona Frau

But as with all such interior spaces, the whole idea is to bring illumination to the space. Distinct furniture and lighting element such as the Platner arm chairs by Knoll and the candle light designed by Ingo Maurer are placed in krypt.bar to exude an impression as if it was “directly carried out of a museum of international furniture design”.

Leading to the indoor bar lounge, the undecorated brick wall exudes a quiet and deep sense of aura greet the guests upon entering. There’s a mirrored vestibule to a “floating” staircase which was implemented in a contemporary style throughout the design to suggest a touch of “Sunset Boulevard”.

To create a “nearly surreal venue fallen out of times” impression, the interior designers constructed several alcoves, a hidden booth, secret hallways surround the centerpiece along with a small art gallery.


The project was completed in Spring 2017.


Connaught Bar Named World’s Best 2016

The Connaught Hotel in London might just boast one of the finest penthouses in the city, which makes it the ultimate dream accommodation for travelers, but definitely has the best watering hole, the Connaught Bar. Over the weekend the hotel’s bar helped cement its status in the world of luxury hotels, having been named the world’s best bar 2016. Seriously, the bar is so famous that it is just called the Connaught Bar, with nary a thought for the hotel that hosts it.

As part of the “Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award”, the event saw 100 industry experts’ award winners in five main categories. With finalists from America and around the world, the awards recognized the efforts of mixologists, cocktail menus and bars. The event also saw the Connaught Bar walk away with the award for best international hotel bar.connaught_bar_drinks

Located in one of London’s most desirable and fashionable neighborhoods, the bar boasts a luxurious interior and a carefully concocted menu. The bar was designed by David Collins, the man responsible for the interiors of restaurants such as Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, The Wolseley and Gordon Ramsey. Apart from restaurants, the interior designer has also been the creative mastermind behind retail interiors such as Jimmy Choo and Harrods as well as Madonna’s New York and London apartments.

At the Connaught Bar, guests can look forward to plush leather seats amidst 1920s inspired décor as they sip their cocktails. Yes, because people with class sip… Surrounded by silver leaf walls decorated in pink, pistachio and lilac, bartenders in spiffy suits, white-gloves, crisp white shirts and black vests serve up some interesting concoctions. From the Mulata Daisy, made of eight-year-old rum, creme de cacao and fennel seeds to the Sakura that is created with Pear Williams EDV, cherry blossom liquor and plum wine, the cocktails promise to give you that tingly feeling.connaught_bar_bartenders

Other winners include:

Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole (New York)

American Bartender of the Year: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

Best International Bar Team:American Bar at the Savoy (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

International Bartender of the Year: Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Happiness Forgets (London)


World’s best bar: The Artesian in London


For the fourth year in a row, London’s The Artesian bar has been named the world’s best watering hole in the world.

At the World’s 50 Best Bars awards, the bar attached to the luxury Langham hotel in London maintained the title it has held onto for the past four years, thanks to elevating cocktails to a multi-sensory experience.

At the bar’s helm are mixologists Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale.

The latest menu called “Surrealism,” was inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Les Diners de Gala” and involves cocktails which are served in giant copper ant structures; lit aflame; and spritzed with perfume.

The top 10 list is dominated by London which took half of the top spots.

Here are the top 10 bars according to the World’s 50 Best Bars list:

1. The Artesian, London
2. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York
3. Nightjar, London
4. Employees Only, New York
5. American Bar, London
6. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
7. 28 HongKong Street, Singapore
8. Happiness Forgets, London
9. Connaught Bar, London
10. Black Pearl, Melbourne

For the full list visit http://bit.ly/worlds50bestbars.

ant coktail London Chameleon Crystals Snake Charmer

The Jane Antwerp

The most beautiful restaurants and bars of 2015

The Jane Antwerp

A restaurant converted from a church into a temple of high gastronomy in Antwerp has been named the most beautiful dining destination for 2015.

Food lovers who likewise appreciate good design may want to bookmark The Jane restaurant in Belgium, after it was named the Best Overall Restaurant at the seventh edition of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London Thursday night.

The Jane church restaurant

Diners at The Jane will recognize its past as the chapel of a former military hospital in the architectural skeleton of the building, with its second-story balcony, soaring stained glass windows and towering dome.

But in place of pews, saints and crucifixes, the Dutch designers at Piet Boon hung an illuminating skull from the ceiling; inserted window panes featuring plates of drumsticks, hardboiled eggs and smiling sunflowers; and replaced uncomfortable wood benches with leather sofas and chaises.

bar space at The Jane

And where once priests worshipped upon the altar, chef Sergio Herman — who helmed the now shuttered, triple Michelin-starred restaurant Oud Sluis in the Netherlands — cooks in a glass-enclosed kitchen.

Other big winners at the RBDA include Australia’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. for Best International Bar, and the Tom Dixon-designed Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel in London, which won the title of Best Overall Bar with its green marble bar and flamingo pink, leather banquettes.

The Jane restaurant

Less than a year after opening, head bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana also snagged the title of International Bartender of the Year for his botanics-inspired concoctions at the industry event Tales of the Cocktail.

At the seventh edition of the awards, a panel of judges made up of chefs, hoteliers, designers, editors and general tastemakers looked at more than 860 submissions from 70 countries.

Dandelyan at The Mondrian

Recognizable names include Marcus Wareing, Yannick Alleno and Martin Kemp, among dozens of others.

Food and beverage spaces eligible for consideration include ships, airports, museums, food trucks, pop-ups and traditional dining establishments.

Dandelyan at The Mondrian London

Here are the international category winners:

Australia and Pacific restaurant: ACME, Sydney
Australia and Pacific bar: Archie Rose Distilling Co., Sydney
Middle East and Africa restaurant: Geales, UAE
Middle East and Africa bar: Tasting Room, Tel Aviv, Israel
Americas bar: Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Toronto, Canada
Americas restaurant: Hueso, Guadalajara, Mexico
Europe bar: Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Europe restaurant: The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
Asia restaurant: Raw, Taiwan
Asia bar: Toranomon Hop, Tokyo

Archie Rose Distilling Co

The Dead Rabbit in New York named world’s best bar

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry

Irish-American tavern The Dead Rabbit, where cocktails hearken “the golden age of American drinking” when the streets of New York were overrun by riotous Irish gangs, has been named the world’s best bar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans over the weekend.

Since opening in 2013, the accolades have been pouring in fast and furious for the Water Street bar in New York, where cocktails like Scarlet Lady and Gold Digger — developed after meticulously researching 19th century recipes — allow tipplers to time travel via combinations of Irish whiskey, bitters, sherry and bitters.

The Dead Rabbit

Helmed by a pair of Irish men, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the bar is divided into two spaces: the Taproom, an informal pub on the ground floor that serves craft beer, bottled punch and whiskey; and the Parlor, where mixologists tell the story of 19th century clergyman and reformer Lewis Pease through a narrative of 64 different cocktails.

Because at The Dead Rabbit, recipes are developed to center around a story and protagonist, not just a combination of ingredients.

The Dead Rabbit bar

The same could be said of The Artesian at The Langham hotel in London, which was named best international cocktail bar at Tales of the Cocktail.

Like the Dead Rabbit, drinks menus change seasonally under new themes. Earlier this month, The Artesian launched “Surrealism,” a menu inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Les Diners de Gala” in which cocktails are served in giant copper ant structures; lit aflame; and spritzed with perfume.


For instance, ‘Heaven is for Sinners’ is a fermented drink made with Zacapa 23, Furikake, pineapple, mango, tonka and Saison and is served  in hot, molten stone to represent volcanoes in Guatemala.

Winners are voted on by a panel of 100 international experts.

Winners from the 9th edition of Tales of the Cocktail:

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dead Rabbit, New York
World’s Best Bar: Dead Rabbit, New York
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Amaro di Angostura
Best International Bar Team: 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore
International Bartender of the Year: Ryan Chetiyawardana, London
Best International Cocktail Bar: The Artesian, London
Best International Hotel Bar: Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Best International Restaurant Bar: Blind Pig at Social Eating House, London
Best New International Cocktail Bar: Dandelyan, London

Del Maguey Mezcal

Top 10 most trendy alcohol bar brand in the world

Del Maguey Mezcal

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal topped the World’s 50 Best Bar Brands report 2015, which polled 100 of the top bartenders around the world.

Mixologists from their sister ranking, the World’s 50 Best Bars, were asked to name the best-selling and top-trending brands behind their bars.

In addition to 38 respondents from the top 50 list, editors also solicited the input of nominees who made the top 100 list.


Founded in 1995, Del Maguey is 100% certified organic and handcrafted by local producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, who employ the same ancient, indigenous techniques used before the Spanish conquest.

“Bartenders tell us they love the range’s multitude of single-village mezcals and different agave types, and are happy to take them down naked or chasing a beer,” write editors of the World’s 50 Best Bar Brands.

Del Maguey managed to trump bigger well-established brands like Tanqueray and Beefeater Gins which round out the top three spots.

Rum and gin were the most popular spirits on the top 10 list, each taking four spots.

The majority of respondents hailed from bars in Europe (52 percent) followed by North America (20 percent) and Asia (13 percent).


Here are the top bar brands:

1. Del Maguey, mezcal
2. Tanqueray, gin
3. Beefeater, gin
4. Plantation, rum
5. Tapato, tequila
6. St. George, gin
7. Bacardi, rum
8. El Dorado, rum
9. Havana Club, rum
10. Monkey 47, gin

Hotel Jerome Aspen bar

The 10 best hotel bars of 2015

Hotel Jerome Aspen bar

Editors at CN Traveler have released their picks of the best hotel bars of 2015.

If you find yourself in Arles, France, editors advise checking out the Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus (pictured below), for example, where Picasso used to clinks glasses with Matador Dominguin.

Grand Hotel Nord Pinus bar

When in Singapore, editors advise following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and taking a seat at Raffles Singapore’s Long Bar, birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling.

Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Here are the best hotel bars of 2015, according to CN Traveler:

Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole, Italy
Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus, Arles, France
Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Das Stue, Berlin, Germany
Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
La Mamounia, Marrakech
Raffles, Singapore
Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
Halekulani, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Aman Canal Grande Venice bar


Ice Hotel Church Jukkasjärvi

Watch the new Ice Hotel bar being built

The 25th Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, has opened its doors and the establishment has released a video showing the building of the bar.


Titled “Booom!”, the ice bar features a central block of crystal designed to look like it has created splashes of snow on the walls. Designed by Italian sculptor Maurizio Perron, Bulgarian architect Viktor Tsarsk and Dutch designer Wouter Biegelaar, the bar forms the centerpiece of the hotel.

This year’s  displays hand-carved rooms by 42 artists, in addition to an ice church, the bar and a majestic Aurora hall theater.

The 5,500-square-meter hotel is constructed every year from 1,000 tonnes of Torne River ice and remains open until mid-April, when it melts into its surroundings. For more information see www.icehotel.com.

Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage 2004

Dom Perignon Bar Opens At Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton

Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage 2004

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Montreal has become the first in Canada to open a luxury DOM PERIGNON Champagne bar.

Located in the hotel’s Palm Court, the sleek, dark champagne lounge serves Rosé and Brut Dom Pérignon by glass and bottle.


Dom Pérignon has also set up home in select Bulgari hotels, including the Bulgari Tokyo-Osaka which became the first hotel in Asia to open a Dom Pérignon lounge bar.

Meanwhile, at its sister hotel in Berlin the Ritz-Carlton launched an innovative drinks menu inspired by fragrances from Giorgio Armani, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Annick Goutal, Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain.

Locals looking for a chic place to sip champagne, as well as guests of the tony hotel in Montreal, can visit the bar Thursday to Saturday evenings.

The bar will begin to open nightly beginning next summer.


London bar The Artesian named the best in the world


London hotel bar The Artesian at The Langham was named the World’s Best Bar at the 8th edition of Tales of the Cocktail festival.

Bartender Simone Caporale also snagged the title of International Bartender of the Year, while The Artesian scooped up two more awards in categories such as Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team.

Under the direction of head bartender Alex Kratena, the upscale lounge elevates cocktails into a sensory, artistic and gastronomic experience that has included everything from opium incense to inflated pillows, smoke and mirrors.

Other major international winners at the event include 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore, which took the title of Best International Cocktail Bar;

The Aviary in Chicago for World’s Best Cocktail Menu; and The Dead Rabbit in New York, which took the title of World’s Best Drinks Selection.

Digidiva cocktail

The Artesian has launched a new cocktail menu under the theme “Unfolding and Exploring,” that includes gemstones, larch, leather mushrooms and parsnip. Cocktails are designed to unfold throughout the drinking experience.

The ‘Will of the Woods’ is described as a liquid forest, made with Glenlivet, Vermouth, larch, mushrooms, citrus and honey, served in a wooden drinking bowl.

And the ‘Selfie Compatible’ is a vaporized cocktail that contains Ron Zacapa 23 Floc De Gascogne, Verjus, Beer and Bitters.

leather aged cocktail

The Artesian is also the reigning champion for the second year running on the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

Fragrances bar

The ‘Fragrances’ bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Fragrances bar

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is offering a new drinks experience based on fragrances and memories, “the first bar dedicated to the art of cocktails in combination with the world of perfume and aromas.”

Fragrances from Giorgio Armani, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Annick Goutal, Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain were used as a jumping-off point for the hotel’s bar manager Arnd Heissen, who created the concept.

Fifteen of the cocktails are arranged as an exhibit with their ingredients and spirits on display. And the presentation of the drinks is equally creative, incorporating a range of appropriated objects including bird houses, a wooden shrine and a meter-long bamboo stick.

Fragrances bar Ritz Carlton Berlin

There are also matching snacks so the ‘Macaron Énorme’ with vanilla and raspberries is paired with the ‘Signorina’, a cocktail inspired by the fragrance of the same name by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Along with perfume house Frau Tonis Parfum the hotel is also offering a Luxury Perfume Weekend with a fragrance workshop, champagne, canapés and exotic fruits in the perfumery at Checkpoint Charlie, and more of Heissen’s cocktails in the evening. A heady mix, we’re sure!

Fragrances bar Ritz-Carlton Berlin

Pestana Rio Atlantica

Beer hotel opens on Copacabana beach for World Cup

Pestana Rio Atlantica

Beer brand Budweiser will be taking over a five-star hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, where the company will be throwing soccer star-studded events along the iconic Copacabana beach.

For four weeks, Copacabana landmark the Pestana Rio Atlantica will carry the Budweiser banner in a major marketing campaign during the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world.

The Budweiser Hotel by Pestana will unfurl the red carpet the day the games open on June 12 and feature DJ Nicky Romero.

Throughout the tournament the hotel will host marquee events attended by Brazilian soccer heroes such as ‘Bebeto,’ ‘Dunga’ and ‘Cafu’ and French player Lilian Thuram.

Popular for its rooftop pool and sweeping views of the beach, the hotel also features outdoor and indoor bars.

Budweiser Hotel by Pestana

Colin Peter Field

The Ritz Paris takes up residency in the Connaught

Colin Peter Field

This spring Ritz Paris’s Bar Hemingway is taking up residency at The Connaught Bar in Mayfair, London from April 7-13, 2014.

Top mixologists, Colin Field of Bar Heminway and Agostino Perrone will create a specialized drink menus in each of their own styles.

In addition to trying out new cocktail recipes, the duo will also collaborate on new drinks for clients.

Forbes magazine named Field the world’s greatest bartender twice, while Perrone was named the world’s best bartender at the influential mixology event Tales of the Cocktail in 2010.

Field has helmed the Hemingway Bar for 18 years, where he also created a signature cocktail he calls ‘France in a glass,’ made with Calvados, apple juice and mint and topped with champagne.

The Ritz Paris closed in 2012 for renovations and will re-open in 2015.

The Connaught Hotel London


Will pay-per-minute cafés work?

The pay-per-minute café concept continues to spread throughout Europe, following the opening of what is thought to be London’s first coffee shop to charge for its time instead of its drinks.

Ziferblat, a Russian chain with 10 outlets in Russia, has opened a branch in London’s chic Shoreditch neighborhood, where customers can relax for £0.03 per minute.


Customers take an alarm clock upon entering the café, note the time and then present the clock at the till when they want to leave.

Meanwhile they can help themselves to free snacks, cookies and coffee from the espresso machine.
The café’s relaxed policy stretches to its décor, which features mismatched furniture items and a piano for customers to play (potentially a risky strategy).

“Each Ziferblat guest becomes a sort of micro-tenant of the space, responsible for it and able to influence its life,” says the company on its website.

Pay-per-minute cafés seem to be taking off in Europe of late. In addition to Ziferblat’s London location, there is the AntiCafe in Paris, which charges customers either €4 or €3 per hour for drinks, snacks and wifi. Clients are also free to bring their own meals.

Anticafe Paris

In 2013 the Slow Time Café opened its doors in Wiesbaden, Germany, operating on the same principle.

It seems coffee shop lovers everywhere are taking to the concept of being able to relax in an establishment without worrying about pricey drinks or clock-watching waiters. The trend originally comes from Moscow, where the number of ‘anti-cafés’ which charge by the clock is growing steadily.

10kg can Petrossian caviar

Caviar and champagne bar opens at LAX

French caviar house Petrossian opened a bar at the Tom Bradley International Terminal last week for passengers with gourmet taste buds and deep pockets.

10kg can Petrossian caviar

Menu items include a caviar martini garnished with a caviar-stuffed olive, caviar deviled eggs, hand-sliced smoked salmon, a smoked trout platter and caviar flatbread, reports The Los Angeles Times.

For those who absolutely can’t tolerate plane food, Petrossian also offers carry-on picnic packs that run between $205 to $1,582 which can be consumed in-flight.

According to the Times, the most expensive “Caviar in the Air” package includes top-shelf Tsar Imperial Kaluga caviar, creme fraiche, toast points, and smoked salmon in an insulated bag.

cognac cellar

The World’s Best Cognac Bars

cognac bar

The best cognac bars in the world can be found in London, New York, Paris and Singapore.

That’s according to Bernard Hine in an interview with trade publication The Drinks Business, who rhymed off a list of his top favorite cognac bars around the world.

Cognac brand Hine is the brandy maker to the Queen, and this year celebrates its 250th anniversary.

1. The Coburg, The Connaught Hotel, London

Hine names The Coburg for its choice of XO Cognacs, an historic cocktail list that includes the Alexander, the Sidecar, the Sazerac, and for salads, sandwiches, and tapas created by Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze.

2. Annabel’s, Berkeley Square, London

Described as “one of the most elegant private members clubs in the world” Annabel’s offers a selection of XOs from Courvoisier, Hennessy, Hine, Martell and Remy. The private members club also offers a Hine Cigar Reserve.

3. Champany Inn, Linlithgow, Scotland

A 20-minute drive from Edinburgh, the inn boasts a bar and cellar which Hine describes as an “Aladdin’s cave of drinkable treasures.” The inn itself is described as a collection of historic 16th-century stone buildings.

4. Corse Lawn, Cheltenham, UK

Hine expresses a little favoritism here and cites a hotel acquired from within the family dynasty, as the Corse Lawn hotel is run by his cousin’s son. Set in the Cotswolds countryside, the lawn of the inn is the perfect place to enjoy a post-dinner cognac, he says.

5. Le Baudelaire, Hotel Burgundy, Paris

The five-star hotel hidden in the heart of Paris offers an extensive collection of cognac in a luxurious environment with Michelin-starred fare nearby.

6. Brandy Library, New York

Hine heaps praise on this bar in Tribeca describing its selection of cognacs, whiskies and rums as one of the most extensive in the world. Staff are also described as highly knowledgeable.

7.  Churchill Bar, Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, China

Hine calls the capital city of Guangdong province “THE” cognac city in China, and the five-star Ritz-Carlton the place to get it, for their experienced staff, luxury surroundings and selection of brown spirits and cigars.

8. Raffles, Singapore

It’s a 19th century colonial-style hotel that is an icon in Singapore and boasts a bar program that includes a martini bar, writer’s bar that pays tribute to the writers who’ve stayed and drunk at the hotel, and the Bar and Billiard Room which houses two billiard tables from the 1870s.

9. L’Essille, Bassac, France

Described as a lovely retreat in the Charente countryside, the hotel and restaurant also hosts a grand tasting with cognac houses who present their cuvées to sommeliers around the world.

the connaught hotel london

Nikki Beach

Cannes Film Festival: Pop-up venues

Nikki Beach

Several temporary eateries and ad hoc hangouts will be popping up along the Croisette during the annual Cannes Festival (May 15-26). Here’s a quick list of where to go to see (stars!) and be seen:

Nikki Beach

Keeping up an annual tradition that’s been going strong for over 10 years now, Nikki Beach will be back on the sands of the Grand Hôtel by day and taking over the roof of Cannes’ JW Marriott by night.

Location: 45 & 50 La Croisette – Cannes


3.14 Beach: Villa Schweppes

From May 15-26, festivalgoers can enjoy the solarium, the jacuzzi-equipped R&R corner and various organized events. From 5 PM Villa Schweppes will be holding concerts and DJ sessions. Official movie screenings are also on the agenda. The venue will be open to the hoi polloi daily from 10 AM-5 PM.

Location: Hôtel 3.14 – 5 rue Einesy – Cannes


VIP Room

Jean-Roch’s VIP Room will be gracing the Croisette for the 13th year running, at the JW Marriott Cannes. Only about 2,000 handpicked guests will be admitted each evening.

Location: JW Marriott Cannes – 50 La Croisette – Cannes


Gotha Club

The general public is welcome by day at the Gotha Club on Palm Beach again this year. At night, the club will admit only about 3,000 carefully selected guests.

Location: Palm Beach – Pointe Croisette – Place Franklin Roosevelt – Cannes


Magnum private beach

Some privileged invitees, movie stars, journalists, and showbiz celebs get to bask in the sunshine on Magnum private beach and make their ice cream dreams come true: that is, they get to mix their own fantasy desserts at the bar. At nightfall, live and canned music will perk up the venue.

Location: Boulevard de la Croisette – Cannes

Grey Goose Bar

In the gardens of the Grand Hôtel in Cannes, the French vodka brand will be setting up a bar where festivalgoers can sip cocktails from May 15-24. VIPs only will enjoy a special musical ambiance emceed by Mattias Mimoun with a lineup of international artists and DJs, whose identities are still a secret….

Location: Grand Hôtel Cannes gardens, 45 Boulevard de la Croisette – Cannes


Château du Cercle

This year once again the Château du Cercle will be welcoming members, partners and garden-variety festivalgoers alike. A great many stars of the silver screen will be meeting up at this short-lived venue. Last year the “Moonrise Kingdom” soirée was held here.

Location: Le Château du Suquet – 35 rue Louis Périssol – Cannes


richard Branson shaped ice cube

Virgin launches Branson-shaped ice cube

richard Branson shaped ice cube

In order to celebrate the airline’s new in-flight bar, Virgin Atlantic has decided to create custom ice cubes in the shape of Richard Branson‘s head.

The bar will also incorporate a raft of additional innovations including the fabulous new champagne coupe glass, enhanced mood lighting and a new seating system to facilitate the most comfortable social experience in the air.
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