London-born bartending legend Charlotte Voisey is no stranger to a good bar! Here, she shares her ultimate list of the world's coolest cocktail bars.
She’s mixed drinks and run bars in cities all over the world - including Barcelona, New York and Buenos Aires - met with the best bartenders and sipped on the best cocktails.
An award-winning mixologist and a regular on American TV, Charlotte now works as the brand ambassador for William Grant & Son, where she gives new life to some of the world’s most iconic gin and whisky brands.
To celebrate her upcoming appearance at this year’s Top Shelf Boutique Drinks Festival at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Hall in August, Charlotte has put together her ultimate list of the world’s coolest cocktail bars.
1. Boadas, Barcelona
The Boadas is nothing short of legendary. This institution dates all the way back to 1933, when it was established by Miguel Boadas, who brought his bartending know-how from the infamous Floridita in La Havana, Cuba. The bar has since remained in the dexterous hands of the Boadas family, with Martia Dolores Boadas still passionately on the go behind the renowned bar.
Despite being tiny in size and curiously triangular in shape, the place has a magical 1900s vibe, and how could it not? It’s alleged that it was here that Hemingway used to drink his mojitos when in the Catalan capital. It was at the Boadas that I was taught how to “throw” cocktails, a signature technique of the bar, which is somewhere between shaking and stirring, elegantly designed to aerate a cocktail just enough. Note: the bar boasts an impressive line up of timeless bartenders who also happen to make the best Negroni I’ve ever had!
2. The Artesian at the Langham Hotel, London
The three-time winner of ‘World’s Best Bar’, The Artesian is quite literally one of the best bar experiences you could possible hope for. The bartenders at this classic bar know no bounds when it comes to creativity and keeping a flawless level of service. They are widely recognised as leading the avant-garde movement in the bar industry and it’s demonstrated through their unique cocktails. Expect to sip on champagne while your Tiki drink, garnished with Jack Sparrow’s sword, is being prepared.
3. Clover Club, New York City
The ambiance in the Clover Club Bar really can’t be beat, with its genuine neighbourhood feel and top-notch drinks. From the signature Clover Club cocktail made with house-made raspberry syrup to the flavour-packed Willow’s Fizz, every cocktail on the menu is more delicious than the last. This bar has nailed the meaning of true hospitality, and its incredible vintage feel and live jazz music are just the cherry on top.
4. Broken Shaker, Miami
The Broken Shaker is - without a doubt - one of the coolest bars in the country. Not only will you find a mind-blowingly delicious cocktail list, but impeccable service style and a stunning outdoor setting that includes a pool, table tennis and other cute and entertaining games. Located in the Freehand Hotel, the bar offers speciality handcrafted cocktails made with elixirs, syrups and infusions made from garden herbs, spices and fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.
5. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
If you pick the right flower shop in Buenos Aires you’ll be rewarded with one of the best bar experiences. Floreria Atlantico is a downstairs speakeasy, hidden behind a street level florist.
This lively bar is open until the wee hours of the morning, and proves that a good cocktail culture travels fast. The brilliant cocktail menu is divided up into five sections representing Italy, Spain, England, France and Poland.