As the winter season is well and truly in full swing, what better way to escape the cold then to sit and sip on some of London and New York’s most tantalising tipples in the best bars around town. From classic cocktails to swills with festive flair, all are guaranteed to make those winter nights in that little bit warmer.
The AQUA Nueva located in Mayfair is a Spanish inspired restaurant with a bar, complemented with all the feelings of luxury- a doorman to greet you and a receptionist to take your coat and bag. Inside, the room is dimly lit with an impressive round bar taking center stage and more intimate booths surrounding the edges of the space. The perfect place to impress a date or grab a nightcap, but keep in mind it does not take reservations.
Nico Peratinos, bar manager at AQUA London: “During the festive season people treat themselves to rich foods and with this in mind I have created a unique Christmas cocktail using my favourite ingredients, chocolate and cheese.”
The Duck and Waffle
The Duck and Waffle boasts of being UK’s highest restaurant- an impressive 40 floors up, giving an unparalleled view of the city with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by award-winning architects CetraRuddy, the interior seamlessly integrates modern design with old classics: white marble, rustic metals, and weathered wood. Open 24/7 it is the perfect spot for those looking to keep the night alive long after most of London has gone to sleep.
Bombay Sapphire gin
all slow dripped through coffee
The Glade bar at Sketch, designed by artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu, was created with the aim to emulate an enchanted fairy-tale forest. Inspired by early 20th century stationery the artists hand painted, enlarged, and reversed the image onto the walls. If you’re looking for a place with charm, Sketch is the place to be. The space alone is worth a visit, but the interior is complemented with drinks just as imaginative and memorable.
Jose Cuervo Traditional
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Perfect for those looking to experience a true taste of opulence. Located in the world-renowned hotel, The Savoy, it is a striking place to sip a cocktail and take in the stunning décor. The expert team headed by award-winning bartender, Chris Moore, is certainly impressive: it won the coveted Best International Hotel Bar award at Tales of the Cocktail 2015. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a night of lavishness.
Grey Goose vodka
Galliano L’Autentico Liquor
Louis Roederer Champagne
flavored with a touch of citrus and cardamom
Located on Eleventh Avenue, this bar combines the traditional sleek NYC design with a splash of Southern charm. The menu consists of cocktails organized into four categories: Guzzlers (Light and Easy), Sippers (Not for the Weak of Heart), Nerdy (Late Night Experiments that Worked), and Classics (You Know ‘Em, We Make ‘Em). Opened with the goal of incorporating hospitality with drinking, it definitely delivers. If you’re looking for a casual yet upscale atmosphere this is the place to be.
Gun Metal Blue
lime and cinnamon
The Press Lounge
The Press Lounge offers one of NYC’s most breathtaking and dramatic views of Manhattan. During the summer it is one of the city’s favorite rooftop bars. However, there’s no need to worry about the upcoming cold weather stealing the skyline; the bar’s interior section has walls made entirely of glass. The best views are of course at night when all of the buildings are lit up, but the sunset is also quite beautiful. It’s a great spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view no matter what season it is.
Aval apple cider
The list wouldn’t be complete without a classic Prohibition era style bar. Attaboy is a speakeasy with a nondescript entrance, just a plain door with AB written on it. To enter you must knock on the door or ring the buzzer; a strange but fun method. Reminiscent of old days in NYC, you simply wait for someone to open the door and welcome you in. This place also has no menu, only expert bartenders who will serve you a drink based on whatever you’re in the mood for.
Old Fashioned Christmas Cocktail
Smirnoff No.21 Vodka