Life is too short for lousy drinks. SWISS Product & Lounge Manager, Daniel Staub, knows what he’s talking about. His blog «The Pouring Tales» offers insights into the best bars in the world. The Travel Guide reveals his favorites.

#1 Chicago: Lost Lake

  • Paul McGee is well known in Chicago in the bar concept world. His latest tiki bar project, Lost Lake, is the finest and the most innovative that I’ve ever seen. The interior is perfectly matched to the cocktails. A must for all tropical mixture fans!

    3154 West Diversey Ave. lostlaketiki.com

Chicago has much to offer

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#2 New York: Maison Premiere

  • Step into this bar and you’re back in the 1920s, welcomedby elegantly attired barkeepers and hosts. Located in the hip Williamsburg neighbourhood, Maison Premiere features an interior that’s harmonious right down to the tiniest detail, an enchanting little garden and the finest raw bar. Oh, yes: and amazingly creative cocktails!

    298 Bedford Ave. maisonpremiere.com

Off to New York

#3 Hamburg: The Walrus

  • Not far from the legendary Reeperbahn is where you’ll find this modest-looking cocktail bar, which is run by a collective of artists and mixologists. The simple but warmly lit interior, the good music and the wonderful cocktail creations could keep you there some time. It’s a meeting point for young locals at weekends, too.

    Wohlwillstrasse 47 thewalrusbar.de

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#4 Frankfurt: Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup

  • You don’t often sit as close to the barkeeper as you will here: but doing so is a genuine delight. Sven Riebel has created a gem of an address – not for nothing was The Tiny Cup named Germany’s Best New Bar last year. And Sven is not just an excellent mixer; he’s a wonderful host, too.

    Mainkai 4. sevenswans.de

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#5 Singapore: Operation Dagger

  • At the entrance, there’s little indication of the bar behind. But if you’ve seen the logo on the website, it’s one you’re sure to remember. This is a genuine lab with a bar in the look of an Aesop shop. And design fans are sure to delight in the sheer range of creativity inside.

    7 Ann Siang Hill. operationdagger.com

Singapore: the Switzerland of Asia

#6 Moscow: Delicatessen

  • No word can describe this bar better than its name. Both the food and the drinks (Pedro Manhattan!) are outstanding! The décor is a cross between bistro and gastro pub. Well worthchecking out – as indeed is the nearby Mayakovskaya subway station. Don’t miss either!

    Sadovaya-Karetnaya ul. 20. delicatessen.fb

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#7 London: 69 Colebrooke Row

  • A small and cosy cocktail bar in the heart of fashionable Islington where mixologist Tony Conigliaro develops all his creations in his in-house lab. So visitors are guaranteed to enjoy cocktails they’ve never had before.

    69 Colebrooke Row. 69colebrookrow.com

London calling

#8 Athens: Baba Au Rum

  • Thanos Prunarus, eine Koryphäe in der internationalen Barwelt, hat es mit viel Hingabe und Liebe geschafft, eine unprätentiöse Bar im Herzen von Athen zu eröffnen, in der man sich sofort wohl fühlt. Die hervorragende Musik und die flüssigen Köstlichkeiten runden jeden Athen-Besuch aufsFeinste ab. Probieren Sie den Four Seasons Gathering!

    Klitiou 6. babaaurum.com

Athens: the City of Gods

Thanos Prounarous and the art of mediterranean cocktails