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Top Five Places to Grab a Cocktail in the Hamptons

Top Five Places to Grab a Cocktail in the Hamptons

Europeans may jet to Ibiza and the French Riviera to break out their bikinis and beat the summer heat, but for Americans, the Hamptons are the country's most posh playground, serving up everything from gorgeous beachfront homes to unbelievable nightlife. While the luxurious Long Island locale may move a frenetic pace during the summer, there are still plenty of places to unwind with friends and a well-mixed drink. We've compiled our favorite low-key locations to enjoy a summer sip below.

Known for its retro surf shack décor, Montauk's Surf Lodge has also earned a following among the area's elite, thanks to its flavorful drinks, food, and laid-back vibe. With an extensive wine list and summer favorites from sangria to the locally-themed Montauk Storm, afternoon cocktails often turn into an all-day experience at this waterfront wonder. If the perfect summer drink is your personal white whale, set your sights just a few miles down the road to the delightful Moby Dick's. Full of ship-themed modern rustic décor, and serving up glasses of perfectly-chilled rosé to thirsty patrons, this charming restaurant and bar is an ideal place to beat the heat just steps from the beach. In equally unpretentious Amagansett, the social set congregate at the world-rewnowned Stephen Talkhouse, which has been serving up cold drinks and creative performances from some of the world's most famous names in music for nearly half a century. If your afternoon lacks action, saddle up to the bar at this  Hamptons hotspot — you never know which famous faces might show up.

When it comes to summer style, nobody does it quite like Southampton. The elite enclave boasts two of the most brilliant cocktail curators in the area — Southampton Social Club and Nammos Estiatorio. The former has been a nightlife staple in this posh part of town for many years, thanks to its eclectic crowd, inventive menu, and, of course, its delicious drinks. In addition to wine and beer, Southamption Social Club offers a wide selection of sippables, from the Lemon Ice, which combines prosecco, grapefruit vodka, and lemon sorbet, to summer staples like mojitos and margaritas. At Nammos, the wide array of Greek dishes may bring you in the door, but once you've taken a peek at their cocktail menu, you'll want to stay until closing.

While the Hamptons have certainly cornered the market on the unique combination of natural beauty and modern accommodations, it seems that developers in New York City aren't far behind in the adoption of this mix. At new Chelsea condominium tower 500 West 21st Street, residents won't have to choose between luxury and landscaping, thanks to the building's forest-like surroundings. The brainchild of Rees Roberts + Partners landscape design, the building's exterior garden is as lush as it is eco-friendly, with 40-foot trees and a wide variety of flowers and shrubs beautifully surrounding the upper perimeter of the building.

If the long summer days may have left you parched, the Hamptons are replete with places to wet your whistle. Whether you're looking for live music, hoping to see Hollywood players, or just want to enjoy the great outdoors, cocktail in hand, the Hamptons have it. 


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The Clandestine Cocktail Bars of Paris

The Clandestine Cocktail Bars of Paris

Contrary to popular belief, Paris isn't all red wine and red meat. Instead, a number of super cool and super hip bars are popping up all over the City of Light and the best part is most of them haven’t even been discovered yet. So sit back, grab your poison of choice and get ready to explore the best cocktail bars that Paris has to offer.

Experimental Cocktail Club

Put down the mojito and step away from the caipirinha, because there’s a whole world of cocktails out there! The Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris’ super trendy Montorgueil district is the place to head to expand your cocktail boundaries, with exciting concoctions on offer every night of the week. The club has more than a dash of New York chic about it, with black leather lounge sofas, exposed brick and deep beams and, as a result, is the hip hangout for those in the know.

37 Rue St-Sauveur, Paris, 75002       experimentalcocktailclub.com

Mon-Wed: 6pm-2am / Thurs: 6pm-3am / Fri-Sat: 6pm-4am

Candelaria

At first glance, you might assume that Candelaria is simply a delicious looking Mexican-inspired eatery (we’re not denying that part!), but you’d be overlooking the sultry cocktail den that resides further in. Head towards the back and you’ll be greeted with a modern and colourful bar, filled with quirky mosaics and laid-back revellers enjoying cocktails by candlelight. Enjoy a margarita or three in the chilled out atmosphere but get in there quick – this is a small place that’s making a big name for itself.

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Some of the Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

Some of the Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

Bartenders in New York have a reputation of being experts in cocktail crafting. Cocktail bars in New York are ever competing to see which bar gets to pour its customers with the best stuff. The bars are a place where you can get both old timely drinks and the hush vibes. The first thing you need to think about when planning a trip to the Big Apple is finding a hotel in NYC (in Sweden they say hotell New York) that suits your budget. Then you need to make a good online research and find out which are some of the best bars that you want to visit. To help you out with that below is list of some of the best cocktail bars in New York City that you should consider as your next libation destination.

Pouring Ribbons

Housed at 225 Avenue B, second floor, this cocktail bar is owned by some of the top bartenders in the city. Run by Toby Maloney, Alchemy Consulting, Jason Cott and Troy Sidle, there is no doubt that the Pouring Ribbon is a talent powerhouse. The cocktail bar is found on top of a famous liquor store and this dose provides its customers with a refreshing dosage of unmatched unpretentiousness. The décor of the bar doesn’t seem to make any references to the usual vintage speakeasy trend. Pouring Ribbons largely focuses on the experience of its guests with a two scaled cocktail menu; spirituous to refreshing and adventurous to comforting. You can try their Closing Bell – Palo Cortado, Appelton Reserve Rum, Penunsula Sherry, Green Chartreuse and Batavia Arrack.

Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog sits on 30 Water Street and is one of the newly established cocktail bars in the city. While New York City seems to comprise numerous speakeasies nowadays, this bar seems to take its visitors to earlier periods as it reinterprets tipples dating back to the 19th century. The main floor of the bar serves craft beer and classic drinks while the more genteel attractive lounge upstairs offers cocktail seated service. The cocktail menu offered by this bar is quite handsome and the booklet menu has over 70 mixed drinks ranging from juleps to cobblers, daisies and fixes, all of which have been researched painstakingly and history has never been as awesome as in this bar.

Evelyn Drinkery

The Evelyn Drinkery is yet another bustling scene in New York City for cocktail parties. The cozy haunt features a spacious attractive backroom and has several categories of drink menu. The spiked phosphates are otherwise referred to as boozy, long drinks, egg creams, twisted classics and house cocktails. Craft beer and daily punches are yet other liquid offerings that you can find at the Evelyn Drinkery. It is one of the best cocktail bars in NYC to go for a date especially if you try their NYC cream that includes cacao milk, 1796 Santa Teresa, seltzer and chocolate syrup.

Attaboy

The Attaboy bar continues the common trend of a bartender becoming a bar owner. Formerly known as the Milk & Honey, Attaboy was opened recently by Michael Mcllroy and Sam Ross, who were both Milk & Honey veterans. Top-notch cocktail drinks are available on request and the bar actually has no menu as such. With louder music and brighter lighting, the Attaboy doesn’t require guests to make a reservation.

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Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

Best Cocktail Bars in NYC
The Pegu Club

New York City appears on millions of people’s lists of places that they want to visit and very few are disappointed when they finally make it there. I was lucky enough to take a city break there a few months ago and there is so much to see and do, you almost have to make a decision on whether you have time to sleep at all during your stay. One of my favorite activities though was visiting some of the best cocktail bars in NYC and, believe me, there are plenty of them. Below are some of the best that I found that are definitely worth a visit if you should find yourself in NYC any time soon.

The Pegu Club has to receive a mention on any list of the best cocktail bars in NYC because, as well as delicious cocktails that are carefully and expertly made, you will find spending an hour or two here a really interesting experience. Some of the best cocktails to try here are the Tantris Sidecar, the Earl Grey MarTEAni and the Gin-Gin Mule. They also have lots of lovely nibbles available, too, so you will be able to enjoy plenty of different cocktails without the risk of falling off of your bar stool.

The 1920s speakeasy played a prominent part in American history and visitors to NYC will be able to experience just what they were like with a visit to the Flatiron Lounge. The décor is art deco and it contains an original bar from 1927. The music is jazz and the drinks will make your mouth water just by reading their titles. For something a little different, get one of the expert cocktail makers to mix you a Lychee and Lemongrass Fizz or a Hibiscus Swizzle. One thing that makes this one of the best cocktail bars in NYC for me though is the fact that they have a regular event called the nightly flight (in Denmark we call them flybilletter). These feature 3 mini cocktails based around a central theme or specific ingredient and are a great way for those new to cocktails to dip their toe in the alcoholic water.

And lastly on my list of the best cocktail bars in NYC is Please Don’t Tell or PDT, as it is better known. You enter the bar through a phone booth that is attached to a hot dog stall and straight away you feel like an extra in a James Bond film. When you get into PDT you will find an elegant bar with a cocktail menu, which changes with the seasons. The menu has been created by Jim Meehan, who has a reputation as one of the best mixologists in the city. If you visit in the autumn try the Witch’s Kiss cocktail that includes ingredients such as strega and tequila and comes together to create something truly unique. Of course, while you are here, you should really partake in one of the famous hotdogs that are produced next door, because they are the perfect thing to soak up the delicious alcohol you have just been enjoying.

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