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Five worldwide watering holes that are a cut above the rest

Sometimes a great bar can turn going for a drink into an art form. Metro found five of the world’s best bars.

Sometimes a great bar can turn going for a drink into an art form. Metro found five of the world’s best bars.

Universally recognized as the most laidback bar on the planet. The bar, owned unsurprisingly by Basil, sits on stilts overlooking the Caribbean and is unbelievably cool. On any given night you are just as likely to find yourself drinking with a supermodel or a St. Vincent road-sweeper. The UN should move its HQ here. Basil says: “The bar is a leveller, whose mantra is to live in the moment as Basil does and enjoy the wonders of life.”
And I think we can all drink to that.

New York
It makes you realize what every self-respecting bar needs is hundreds of gold-plated skulls adorning the walls. This SoHo New York bar has a revolving door celebrity clientele and is frighteningly cool. But not in a laid-back Basil’s way — in Manhattan “you better be beautiful, rich and thin” kind of way. But if you can face it, it’s a genuinely amazing place to sample NYC high life. (http://www.goldbarnewyork.com)

Fabled Left Bank hangout of the Parisienne inteligensia for 100 years. Sartre and De Beauvoir were among the generations of artists and writers who have sipped here. Today it’s richly decorated belle époque interior still draws artists, journalists and writers and the history lends the bar a special atmosphere.

This little bar, described as a “supper club,” is a fabulously decadent burlesque hangout full of basque-clad women, fire-eaters, snake charmers and... Well you get the picture. The tables are very ’30s Hollywood but the cocktails are bang up to date. Roxy Velvet’s Murder! night is definitely not to be missed. A fabulous, sexy, funny night out.

The most happening bar in what is currently the world’s hippest capital city. The “champagne on the rocks” will throw you a little, but the feeling of exclusivity coupled with a hyper-good vibe will have you wanting to stay drinking cocktails forever more.

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