When it comes to bar innovation and cocktail creativity, the world looks to New York. This is a city whose venues feature prominently on the World’s 50 Best Bars list year after year. There’s a whole mix of styles and approaches here, from small-cover bars hidden down backstreets to boundary-pushing establishments so popular, people queue round the block to get in.
You’ll see the queue for Double Chicken Please long before you see the venue. New Yorkers cross town to have a casual drink in its Front Room, which serves cocktails on tap, but the hot ticket is one of the 15 reservation-only seats in the back-room Coop. The dark, wood-lined space is dominated by a central bar lit in soft pink neon. Here, mixologists make good on the mission of co-founders GN Chan and Faye Chen to recreate classic dishes in liquid form. The result? Order a Waldorf Salad or Japanese Cold Noodle, and the resulting cocktail will somehow taste exactly like that — but entirely delicious.
Bartender’s choice: A savoury and utterly surprising Cold Pizza, made with tequila.
Tucked away in a corner of Grand Central Terminal, the small brass sign announcing The Campbell gives no hint of the grandeur to come. Occupying the former office and halls of financier John W Campbell, the bar retains the Florentine-inspired architecture of the original 1920s interior, with its painted beamed ceiling, leaded-glass window and enormous stone fireplace. It’s more castle than railway station bar. Creating drinks that live up to the surroundings is a tough job, but The Campbell’s staff work magic behind the marble counter, serving classic cocktails and new concoctions to customers in no hurry to catch a train anywhere.
Bartender’s choice: A zesty, orange-flecked sazerac made with rye whiskey.
New Yorkers have Casa Mezcal to thank for their obsession with the agave-based spirit. Opened by two Oaxacans in 2009, the bar and cultural centre was the first mezcaleria in the city. A painting of farmers kneeling in worship at an agave plant marks the entrance, while the turquoise, fairy-lit cabinetry of the bar seems part altar, surrounded by bottles and a diverse collection of artefacts that includes an accordion and a stuffed turkey. As Mexican music plays on the stereo, happy punters make their way through flights of mezcal or tequila, with plates of rubbed-pork tacos on repeat order from the kitchen.
Bartender’s choice: A potent margarita made with mezcal, the rim of the glass lined with pink peppercorn salt.
Behind the discreet black door to Martiny’s lies a temple to precision. In a red-brick building that was once a carriage house and then a sculptor’s studio, Tokyo-born owner Takuma Watanabe delivers an experience that transcends the ordinary. An
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I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this. Pictures barely do it justice. I was passing through West Texas, having already visited the nearby White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, and figured this would be the easiest time to visit Big Bend National Park. I’d heard from a fellow traveler that it was his favorite park, and he’d been to all of them. With that in mind, I purposely limited how much I’d see of the park before I arrived. I wanted to be surprised, and boy was I.
When The Ritz-Carlton, Naples renovated its beachfront property along Florida’s Gulf Coast, it added the new 14-floor Vanderbilt Tower. The space has 70 club-level rooms, including two-story suites, plus a celebratory lobby bar with a menu starring more than 50 champagnes and sparkling wines, as well as a trio of new restaurants.
Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough and every little obstacle along the way can feel amplified. While many factors can play a part in flight interruptions and delays, a new study by Upgraded Points takes a look back at nearly a decade of historical data spanning 2014 to 2022 to find out which airports tend to have the best and worst track records for punctuality during the holiday season.
In August 1944, the coastal Breton city of Saint-Malo was nearly wiped off the map. The opening scene of the Netflix limited series All the Light We Cannot See conjures the ferocity of the battle: an American squadron traverses the English Channel in darkness, dodges anti-aircraft fire, then releases its bombs on the Nazi-occupied French port.
All INSTO members are committed to assessing the impact of tourism in 11 mandatory areas spanning economic, environmental and socio-economic dimensions. This commitment aligns with the new Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) framework UNWTO is developing, which goes beyond broad indicators such as GDP.
Hotel Lutetia Paris named hotel of the year, Capella voted leading luxury hotel brand, Japan shines as most popular holiday hotspot and Portrait Milano recognised as best new hotel, while Dubai wins multiple airline and airport accolades.
December is upon us and for folks in Miami— or in the art world— that means: Art Basel Miami Beach. From December 6 to 10 (by-invitation private viewings are on December 6 and 7), the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to 277 galleries; 25 of which will be participating for the first time, with two-thirds hailing from North and Latin America. In mediums ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and digital art, some of the resounding themes this year include works that speak to nature, as well as cultural and spiritual geographies.
An earthen circle large enough to contain the Empire State Building on its side. An octagonal earthwork capable of holding four Roman Coliseums. A vast hilltop enclosure overlooking a dramatic river gorge.
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