Plush Bars, Anyone?

Raffles Hotel – Singapore

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Most people think of bars as sleazy, basement-type joints with booze and cigarette smoke aplenty.  Probably very few would think of these watering holes to be elegant, quiet and  sophisticated venues, hosts to equally fine gentlemen and ladies, catering to the elite, the cream, the rich and famous. And exclusively only to them. But such bars exist, and one may even be near you. The world’s most luxurious bars would include, among many and not in any particular order:

Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The hotel’s bars are the in bars in Singapore where the city’s elite congregate after sundown. The bars are quite sophisticated and stylish but never overblown, with just the right atmosphere for simple, laid-back informal meetings with friends and business associates.

Sirocco, Bangkok. Located atop the State Tower Hotel, the bar is always full come nightfall, although one can visit it for lunch or dinner, either of which can cost some shiny pennies. The dress code alone can set you back something, but it is worth it, particularly at night. The panorama is breathtaking, the ambience perfect. You feel you’re on top of the world, and to be fair, you’re pretty close.

Icebar, Copenhagen. This is inside the Icehotel, a Denmark hotel made out of ice. The bar is always cold –being also made of ice—but the vodka there is a hot issue – it warms the soul. Though not truly luxurious in the sense of the term, the Icebar is nevertheless an amazing one, and the luxury is in its rarity. There is nothing like it anywhere else.

Beaufort Bar, London. It is accepted as the most glamorous in Big Ben’s city with its black and gold motif  of Art Deco. It is sited on a stage where George Gershwin wowed his audience once, and boasts of superb cocktails and champagne. That the venue was once a cabaret gives it a naughty but historical connotations.

Mews of Mayfair, London. Furnished with Queen Anne chairs, leather sofas and antique 18th century glass chandeliers, and offers exceptional lists of cocktails, wine, sparkling drinks and afternoon teas. Includes an art gallery for the art minded to boot.

Condesa DF Rooftop Bar, Mexico City. Admits only 40 persons at a time, exclusive in style from furniture to tablecloth. Affords a unique view of the City.

Penthouse G Bar, Tokyo. Designed by the guy who also designed the ‘Year of the Dragon’ film set. Furnished with black leather and fast lines most admirable for Zojoji enthusiasts. Caters to the rich and the influential, and a ‘must visit’ in Tokyo.

Creators do not always agree on the contents of the lists they make, and this is no exception. While most people would think of ‘luxury’ in terms of furnishings and amenities, other would throw in the rarity and exclusivity factors. After all, anyone with money can buy rich furnishings as much as he wants, but not necessarily always break the social or economic barriers. And isn’t it that the term ‘luxurious’ meant you probably cannot afford it?

 

 

This is a post from Ben at The Waterman Pub, one of the best pubs in Warwickshire serving freshly cooked, modern, British food with a contemporary twist.

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