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#1 Adrian

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:15 PM

From Drinks International. Odd looking list.

I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.


#2 Orik

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 03:52 PM

From Drinks International. Odd looking list.


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#3 balex

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 05:11 PM


From Drinks International. Odd looking list.


Buddha Bar Posted Image


Yes, wow.

But the Connaught bar is my favourite bar in London so they got something right.

#4 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:40 PM

It's certainly a list you'd get by polling the people they polled (Playboy Clubís Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire USís David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno, etc). Hence the homogeneity and general lack of character - although not, of course, of professional polish.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:57 PM

It's certainly a list you'd get by polling the people they polled (Playboy Clubís Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire USís David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno, etc). Hence the homogeneity and general lack of character - although not, of course, of professional polish.

Have you ever been to Boadas in Barcelona? Because it strikes me as the sort of place that would be to your taste.

Buddha Bar, ha indeed. Drink champagne at Buddha Bar would be my advice, and make sure it's on someone else's dime. I do recall very competent although vertiginously expensive cocktails at the Ritz and the Plaza Athenee.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:30 PM

It's certainly a list you'd get by polling the people they polled (Playboy Club's Salvatore Calabrese, King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, Esquire US's David Wondrich and diamond ice-carver Hidetsugu Ueno, etc). Hence the homogeneity and general lack of character - although not, of course, of professional polish.


Ueno has plenty of character. It's a bit unfortunate that some of that character involves beating his assistant when he's upset about the state of business and the lousy food he had in Taiwan the week before, but his bar is still a highly recommended stop. (but of course even though it's genuinely great, gets hyped above and beyond what might be justified in a city where there are bars offering hundreds of whiskeys and plenty of character)

Drink champagne at Buddha Bar would be my advice




And keep your eye on your drink at all times.

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#7 Eatmywords

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:30 PM

With Stoli as a sponsor I was surprised the list contained as many legitimate entries

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:35 PM

Drink champagne at Buddha Bar would be my advice




And keep your eye on your drink at all times.

But of course. :ph43r:
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 08:47 PM

If I read this correctly, The Varnish in downtown LA is the 22d best bar in the world? Please! There are any number of other bars equal to or better than The Varnish (although I do like it a lot) downtown, in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and elsewhere.

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#10 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 09:19 PM

Walked past Boadas often enough, but didn't know it had a reputation. I don't really think of drinking around the Plaza de Catalunya (although there's a bar a little way down the Ramblas on the right which has a nice sausage plate).

#11 Lauren

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

I've been to only two of the bars on the list, Boadas being one of them (Pegu Club the other).

We loved Boadas - it was low key and made lovely cocktails.

For me, when I look at these lists I scan it looking for the places I've been, and then I decide whether or not the list has merit. Since I liked Boadas a lot, I'll probably use the list as a starting point when I travel to the other cities represented on it.
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#12 Adrian

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 05:38 PM

Drink has no business being on the list despite its excellent cocktails.

I think you need to interpret what I'm saying in a reasonable way.