Whether you want to start the evening with a sparkling aperitif or to end it with a last, excellent drink - here is where you get it.

  • The American Bar

    So-called “American bars” first brought cocktails to London back in the late 19th century. The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel is the last of these left, and can proudly call itself Europe’s oldest cocktail bar. A word to the women: This is a popular place for marriage proposals. And to the men: Jackets are a must – regardless of your matrimonial plans!

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  • The Bootlegger

    This is a well-hidden speakeasy in the centre of town. Owner Prav and his team make a point of personally welcoming every guest and talking them through the selection. Our recommendation: a Smoking Aces with whisky, Angostura bitters and seductively smoky notes. Try to go on a Thursday or Friday, when there is live music from the Golden Twenties.

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Crew tip

“An outstanding cocktail bar without the frills. At "Happiness Forgets" it’s all about the essentials. Which is probably why it ranks among the world’s top ten cocktail bars.”

  1. Happiness Forgets 
  2. 8-9 Hoxton Square, London 
  3. happinessforgets.com

Daniel Staub is Manager Product Onboard & Lounge Services at SWISS. His «The Pouring Tales» blog takes its readers to some of the world’s most exotic and exclusive bars.
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  • Black Rock

    Three men with a shared love of whisky and a tree trunk that nobody knew what to do with: that’s the origin of the Black Rock Bar. Half the trunk now forms the lavish centerpiece of the establishment. While guests can sit along its length and sample some 250 whiskies, the place’s own blend runs along channels in the wood. A genuinely unique experience!

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