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Lifestyle: the top 3 bars in the world

by Simon Lazarus
12 March, 2013
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Top 3 bars in the world

Having staked out the best steakhouses, Lifestyle contributor Simon Lazarus now holds a glass up to the world’s finest bars

We all enjoy the finer things in life. But if you want to drink your way to the top then check out some of the greatest cocktail bars the globe has to offer.

From cosmos to caipirinhas, cocktails are certainly on everyone’s lips. With the list as tall as a Long Island Iced Tea it’s certainly been thirsty work narrowing down the final three!

Now that’s worth drinking to.

 

New York: Press at Ink 48

Ink 48, New York

One of the Big Apple’s funkiest hotels, INK 48 could even be the ninth wonder of the world. Situated on 11th Avenue, take a trip up on the elevator to the 17th floor where The Press Lounge is waiting to awaken your senses.

The wraparound vista takes in everything from the Chrysler and Empire State to Manhattan. On a clear night you can also spot the Hudson basking in the twilight. So what about the tunes? Subtle so as not to be in your face and light enough to blend in perfectly with the trendy 30 something crowd.

Since its inception back in 2010, it has fast become one of the top spots to be seen at and has been recognised by a host of critics such as The New York Magazine who christened The Press Lounge as New York’s “Top New Rooftop Bar.”

It’s no wonder Frank Sinatra named this great city twice!

 

Shanghai: Cloud 9, Grand Hyatt

Cloud 9 in Shanghai

You may just be on Cloud nine after a visit here. This glam spot is located in the uber swanky Grand Hyatt, which is famed for being the tallest hotel in the world.

Once you reach the dizzying heights of the 53rd floor, you can stop and listen to a collection of songs emanating from the elegant Piano Bar, while the stunning Patio Bar can be found on the 56th floor of the iconic Jin Mao building.

However if you really have a head for heights, you’ll need to venture another 30 floors to reach the jewel in the crown.

Floor 87 is home to Cloud 9 which is perched quite literally among the clouds. Look below and see the whole of Shanghai unfurl before your very eyes. There is also an outdoor deck on the 88th floor where you can look out at the splendour of Shanghai’s magnificent skyline.

Check out the extensive collection of champagnes, clever cocktails or sip on one of their incredibly simple but well executed martinis.

Trouble is, you may not want to come back down to earth again.

London: The Artesian, The Langham Hotel

Artesian at the Langham Hotel
This should definitely be one on the hit list if you are visiting London. The Artesian can be found inside the modern Langham Hotel, formerly a BBC building where 78rpm records were stored. The hotel has been delivering has been receiving plaudits of late for operating one of the best rum bars in the capital.

Stunning interiors are coupled with an excellent drinks choice that features too many to list. Nonetheless some of the highlights include the aptly titled Alice in Wonderland which incorporates Bombay Sapphire alongside peach meringue and lemon juice.

There is also an extensive selection of whiskies, cognacs and a dedicated cocktail map which can help you plan your drinking route according to your tastes. Even the ice is unique and is made using cutting edge methods to ensure your drinks remain colder for longer.

One thing you won’t receive is a frosty reception.

 

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Simon is a published journalist in the UK, US and Europe on a range of topics and currently has a number of clients in different sectors for whom he produces content on a weekly basis. Topics include travel, property, food, lifestyle, finance, hi-tech and business.

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