When we travel one of my requirements is carving out time to slow down and embrace the environment.
For some that may look like a café or pondering through a good book shop.
For me, the search for the most charming bars continues.
Not only enchanted by the spaces themselves but more importantly the intimacy and conversations cultivated.
Whether it be a romantic moment or good fun with company I’m reminded life is about living in the moment.
I have an ongoing list for travels to come but until then, here’s a look back at a few favourites over the last couple of years. I will be sure to update this list as I experience new ones so that you too can embrace the charm!
Prequel & Co Apothecary
For all my Francophile followers, think Paris circa the late 1800’s.
The entrance is a botanical lovers dream and the tchotchke’s - just heaven!
All the cocktails are crafted in real time with a mortar and pestle, crushing herbs and botanicals, with the scent of burning wood and freshly squeezed citrus filling the space.
New York, USA
Pisellino serves espresso and aperitivi alongside dolci and panini in celebration of the classic Italian bar.
Dedicated to the art of drinking, they specialize in wine and cocktails from a collection of amari and vermouth.
The Polo Bar
New York, USA
Ralph can really do no wrong!
Definitely, worth a spot at the bar. Its buzzy and cozy, has great comfort food and is truly chic
at Nine Orchard
New York, USA
New to the lower east side, this is one dreamy space with old world flare.
Originally built in 1912, a former bank that has been lovingly restored.
Mr Fogg's is a collection of truly unique, adventurous and immersive bars transporting you back to the Victorian era.
Each of their locations tells a different story, with whimsical decor and cocktails.
The House of Botanicals is one of my personal favourites.
The Coral Room
at the Bloomsbury Hotel
The vibrant grand salon bar reflects an exquisite country house transported to the city.
The bar is located in one of my favourite boutique hotels.
at Sacher Vienna
The legendary bar sets the tone for savoir vivre with its richly decorated blue brocade walls, plush upholstery and gold framed figure paintings.
at La Mirande
La Mirande’s bar is set in a warm and inviting atmosphere with its 17th century painted ceiling and its working fireplace.
I enjoyed sipping French 75's and indulging in chocolate pot de creme.
Le Bar de la Bastide
at Airelles Gordes
Perfectly Provençal, the bar at Airelles Gordes is what interior dreams are made of.
A calm and intimate atmosphere with authentic furniture and ancient portraits will take you on a journey through time.
at Le Meurice
The famous bar of a thousand stories.
Once a precious secret known only to local Parisians, Bar 228 is now one of the city's most sought-after meeting places.
Deep leather armchairs and discreet conversation, with nightly live jazz.
at the Four Seasons Florence
Whether you’re in the mood for a custom Negroni served from a trolley or a mid-afternoon espresso the light-filled, all-day lounge is the place to be seen.
Loggia Roof Bar
The charm is all in the sunset over Piazza Santo Spirito.
My favourite place to sip on Vin Santo with cantucci.
at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Located on the rooftop of the sea-facing pavilion, this lounge welcomes you from sunset to starlight to revel in the Mediterranean panorama. Nautical decor and chill beats from the DJ set the scene as you discover cocktails inspired by the Riviera region.
One of the best cocktails I have had to date, called "Taste on the Roc" made with gin, pine syrup, basil, lemon juice and an orange blossom foam.
Jerry Thomas Speakeasy
Set up by four Italian bartenders to bring Prohibition-era style to Rome. Low light setting, 1920s jazz, period outfits, secret passwords and, most importantly, classic cocktails properly done.
Bar at The Royal Mansour
Like most things in Marrakech, The Royal Mansour is a journey through your senses.
An invitation to an atmosphere that can be peaceful or sparkling.
Over the jungle flora of Tulum, celebrate the sunset with a drink in hand on the hanging rooftop bar.
Tir Na Gong
A secret door leads to an underground fairytale world.
Enjoy a moment away from the hustle and bustle in a magical place while enjoying
cocktails made from mysterious fruits.