Bars on my Bucket List (Part 1)

This is the first in a series where I share the bars on my bucket list. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but it’s a start!

The Artsesian, London

Housed in the Langham Hotel, The Artesian has won best bar in the world 3 years in a row. Aside from a list of classic cocktails there is an opportunity to ‘unfold’ new experiences and ‘explore’ new ingredients on their ‘Unfold and Explore’ menu.


What would I order?

Either a classic martini made with Tanqueray No. 10 and Artesian vermouth or a ‘Camouflage’, Tanqueray No.10, Americano, Carrot, Kombuca and Sandalwood.

The Artesian, 1C Portland Place, London


Bramble Bar, Edinburgh

Bramble Bar and Lounge was the first cocktail bar in Scotland to make Australian Bartenders Magazine Top 20 bars in the world in 2008, but is now recognised as one of the best bars in the world. In spite of Scotland being the birthplace of whisky, Bramble Bar boasts a great collection of gin (yay!).


What would I order?

Stepford Sister – Beefeater Gin, St Germain liqueur, Amaro, fresh lemon juice and sugar

Bramble Bar 16A Queen Street, Edinburgh


White Lyan, London

White Lyan, rattled the industry when it first opened as it only serves cocktails with house made spirits and ingredients (no brands here) and all are batch made, in advance. Sceptics wondered if it would survive without the support of the big brands, but not only has it thrived, another venue, Dandelyan was recently opened at New Mondrian Hotel.

The cocktail list has some familiar drinks but with a White Lyan twist, while some cocktails are completely ‘out there’. A ‘Bone Dry Martini’, for example, is simply, vodka and bone!

© Jamie Lau
What would I order?

A Southside Royale – Mr Lyan Gin, mint, lemon cacao butter, sparkling wine.


The Dead Rabbit, New York

The Dead Rabbit won Best American Cocktail bar this year at Tales of the Cocktail Awards and is one of the world’s Top 50 bars. It’s based on the old Irish-American tradition or bars and features craft beers, bottled punch and whiskies of the world.

Mixed drinks are split into different categories; fresh, fiery, sharp, strong, low-spirited, bitter, ambitious and cultivated, and as expected there is a strong emphasis on whisky cocktails.


What would I order?

Steamboat – Green tea-infused Tanqueray Gin, lime, pistachio, eucalyptus, cream, egg white

Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street, NYC.

(Dead Rabbit has published its own cocktail book.)


Please Don’t Tell, New York

One of the most famous hidden bars in New York, Please Don’t Tell (PDT) is accessed via a phone booth within Crif’s Dogs (a hot dog place). You can order food from Crif’s to go with your cocktails!

What would I order?

Probably the PDT Cocktail book from my Gift Guide for Gin-lovers, so I’d be ready to order when I visited!

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Please Don’t Tell 113 St. Marks Place between First Avenue & Avenue A, East Village, New York

Which bars would you put on your bucket list?


1 comment

  1. Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg!

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