The World's Best Bars

What do all top-notch bars have in common? A bartender who can be called “World Class.” Travel Channel shows you where you'll find the best-of-the-best behind the bar.

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Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel
Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, the Standard Hotel

Rickshaw, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon and Ginger beer. Fill with ginger beer. Serve in a high ball glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky

Raspberry Ricky, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 2 spoons fresh bramble mix and 1 oz sour soda. Pour all ingredients except soda into mixing glass with ice. Shake and pour into tall glass with ice. Add soda. Garnish with raspberries.The bramble mix is made in-house by cooking berries in sugar until the berries make their own juice. This is taken off the flame before the beries break, so the mix consists of whole berries with a sweet syrup.
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Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9

Chanel No. 9,The James New York
Ingredients: A blend of 9 different floral and botanical liquors delicately blended with champagne and 'strawberry pearls'. While Chanel No. 9 is so coveted that we were told the recipe and ingredients had to be kept secret, let us just tell you ' it tastes as beautiful as it looks.
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Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet

Jalisco Gimlet, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz tequila, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup and 1 oz grapefruit juice. Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into martini glass. Top with lime zest. Garnish with grapefruit.
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Melon Mash

Melon Mash

Melon Mash, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Watermelon Juice and Splash of each Fresh Lime Juice & Simple Syrup. Shake and strain all ingredients. Serve in a martini glass.
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The African Queen

The African Queen

African Queen, The Maritime
Ingredients: 2 oz Starr African Rum, 1 oz strawberry puree, 3 mint leaves torn and 2 limes squeezed. To make: Shake and serve in large rocks glass and garnish with lime and mint.
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The Cosmonaut

The Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz vodka, 2 oz Lillet and 1 oz elderflower cordial. Shake all ingredients and strain into martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
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The Cartel

The Cartel

The Cartel, James New York
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila, 1 oz Canton Ginger Liquor, 2 oz Pineapple juice, 1/2 oz Honey Syrup and 4 dashes of Peruvian Bitters. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into rocks glass, garnish with pineapple wedge.
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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz St Germain Elderflower Liquor, 3/4 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, 2 oz Rose Wine and Splash of grapefruit. Build in wine glass, stir with ice, add a splash of soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
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RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion

RARE Fashion, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 2 oz Hendrick's Gin, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 4 slices each of green apples & cucumbers and a Splash of lime juice. Muddle, strain and serve in a glass on ice.
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Fashionista

Fashionista

Fashionista, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Lychee Puree, 1/4 oz Passion Fruit Puree and Splash each of Lime juice & simple syrup. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant, James New York
Ingredients: 1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum, 1 oz Luxardo Amaretto, 1/2 oz Morlacco Cherry Liquor, 1 bar spoon of Pomegranate molasses, 3 oz Coconut Milk(unsweetened) and 1/4 oz Lime Juice. Build in tin, shake with ice, strain into coup. No garnish.
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Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris

Swing Du Paris, the Hilton Fashion District
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice, Splash of lime juice, 2 slices of jalapeno and 10 leaves of cilantro. Muddle, strain and serve in a martini glass.
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Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman

Southern Gentleman, James New York
Ingredients: 2 oz. Johnny Drum Bourbon, 1 oz Sweet Tea, 3/4 oz Honey syrup, Mint, Grilled Frozen Lemon Halves and 2 dashes Orange Bitters. Chill rocks glass, in glass shaker muddle 6-7 mint leaves, build cocktail and stir with ice, fine strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with two frozen grilled lemons and mint bouquet.
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Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch, The Standard Hotel
Ingredients: 2 oz rye whiskey, 1 oz lemon juice, 1/2 oz orange juice, 1 oz simple syrup and Prosecco. Pour all ingredients except Prosecco into mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into tall glass with crushed ice. Add Prosecco. Garnish with an orange twist.
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Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con – Hoboken, New Jersey
Santa-con is so last December. Ditch your red furry Santa suit in favor of something a little more green, and celebrate all things Irish while dressed in full leprechaun garb.
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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I Love the 90’s Pub Crawl – Orlando, Florida
Celebrate your love for the Fresh Prince, Baywatch and snap bracelets by dancing the night away to your favorite 90s hits on this nostalgic pub crawl.
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Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Pub Crawl – Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
Calling all muggles! Your chance to prove that you really ARE a wizard is finally here. This pub crawl is just one event of an entire Harry Potter weekend – complete with a quidditch tournament, costume contests and a total Hogsmeade-themed town makeover.
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Santa Claus Crawl

Santa Claus Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because what could possibly be more holly or jolly than dressing up like good ‘ole Saint Nick and having a drink (or a few) with thousands of similarly decked-out strangers? Santa Claus pub crawls take place all around the world (this one’s in London) but the annual event in Wollongong, Australia is one of the oldest.
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Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl – Reno, Nevada
Pull up your tights, grab your cape and get ready to “save the world, one drink at a time.” You’ll need the stamina of a superhero to survive this pub crawl, which continues until the bars close. Don’t forget your mask-- you’ll want to keep your identity concealed as you stagger home.
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Subcrawl

Subcrawl

The Subcrawl – Glasgow, UK
Glasgow’s circular subway line has inspired a rather unique challenge: buy an all-day pass and get off at each of the 15 stops for a drink at the closest bar. You deserve a serious pat on the back (and probably a cab home) if you make it all the way around. Just to keep things interesting, subcrawlers are required to ride the train without sitting down or holding on, a practice known as “subsurfing.”
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Pirate crawl

Pirate crawl

Pirate Pub Crawl – Florida
Ahoy matey! Why wait for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th — in case you didn’t already know) to talk like a pirate? In fact, why not combine talking like a pirate, dressing like a pirate AND drinking like one, too! This guided pub crawl in Dunedin, FL, even includes a history lesson about the most notorious pirates in Tampa Bay history. Yo ho ho … and a bottle of rum.
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Tacky Christmas Sweater Crawl

Tacky Christmas Sweater Crawl

Tacky Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl – Washington, DC
Let’s face it – that Christmas sweater that Granny got you is way too embarrassing to wear to anything BUT a theme party, so here’s your chance! Helpful hint: the more 3-dimensional, the better, and sweater vests tend to increase the tackiness.
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Zombie Crawl

Zombie Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl – Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
No, this is not a scene out of “Dawn of the Dead,” (admittedly, the makeup was a bit better in the movie). It’s just a zombie pub crawl! Head to Minneapolis/ St. Paul to party like it’s your last day on earth or like you’re already dead.
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Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl – Portland, Oregon
Support the Oregon Humane Society at this annual event that features a pug costume contest and a pug kissing booth. More than 600 pugs are expected to attend this year, along with their humans … who are also allowed to come.
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Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl – London
Work your way around the London monopoly board on this ambitious pub crawl, with 26 stops at 26 pubs for each of the 26 streets featured in the game. Unfortunately, none of the pubs offer “Get Out of Jail Free” cards – so be sure to stick to half pints.
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Pajama Crawl

Pajama Crawl

Pajamas and Nighties – Portland, Oregon
Crawlers are required to wear slippers , bring a pillow and carry a stuffed animal to this comfy-cozy evening, which includes a game of Twister played on a mattress and a pillow fight.
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Snuggie Crawl

Snuggie Crawl

Snuggie Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because let’s face it -- when else will you ever have an excuse to wear a snuggie in public?
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Silent Disco

Silent Disco

Silent Disco Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Participants wear headsets and dance from bar to bar listening to an MP3 player on this seriously wacky pub crawl. You may have Top 40 tracks blasting in your ears, but the rest of the world has no idea -- so prepare to get a few questioning looks. Plan your own silent pub crawl with the help of Silent Storm, a company that specializes in “silencing” events.
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Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280