Bell Tower Bar

A visit to Santa Fe is one of those authentic romantic getaways that stays with you and creates the kinds of memories that grow sweeter with time. Far away from the hectic urban coasts, days at leisure in this high desert town, touring art galleries, visiting ancient adobe churches, watching colorful ceremonial dances at nearby…

BarBarista

  Two blocks up the hill, hiding behind the picture postcard setting of Bergen’s 18th-century waterfront, an equally enchanting landmark beckons, the funkadelic BarBarista. Owner/designer May Vik Medaas reigns supreme over this hospitable saloon decorated with cast-off antique furniture, ’70s rock posters, Japanese parasols, kaleidoscopic light fixtures and other assorted bric-a-brac festooned over every surface….

Salty Dawg Saloon

If you ever find yourself half-frozen and wandering, deranged, in an Alaskan blizzard, pray that you are somewhere close to the Salty Dawg at the very end of the Homer Spit. This legendary dive bar’s own rooftop lighthouse will guide you to the spot. Never was a place more perfect for slamming a heavy door…

The Violet Hour

To experience The Violet Hour, Chicago’s award-winning, landmark cocktail bar in Wicker Park, you must first find the door, camouflaged as it is by the frequently changing artists’ murals that completely cover the building’s exterior. Once inside, the next visual challenge will be following your host to a table. Stay close behind because it may…

Harry’s New York Bar, Paris

  No wine is served at this venerable establishment. “We only serve American drinks here!” the smartly efficient barmen will tell you. Indeed, Harry McElhone’s 1923 watering hole was conceived to appeal to American ex-pats and tourists. The walls are bedecked with pennants from every college in the U.S. and New York-style hotdogs are served…

Harry’s Bar in Venice

  You need only remember two things while visiting Venice: the location of your hotel and the route from it to Harry’s Bar, hidden away in Calle Vallaresso, a few steps away from Piazza San Marco. Leave everything else to chance, after all that is the magic of Venice, no? Opened in 1931 by Giuseppe…

Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium

Walking into this Capitol Hill neighborhood gathering place feels like entering the antiquated laboratory of a gentleman genius. Hundreds of glittering liquor bottles cram the shelves behind the bar all the way to the ceiling. Odd-shaped glassware and archaic drink-mixing apparati add to the charmingly steampunk-ian setting. What’s invented here, anyway? Uber-artisanal cocktails, that’s what. World-renowned mixologist…

Tiki-Ti

This one-of-a-kind hideaway seems like a wormhole back to the Day-Glo colored 1960s and the kookie-sexy exoticism of California tiki culture. Opened in 1961 by Ray Buhen, one of the four barmen who invented the venerable drink concoctions at the original Don The Beachcomber restaurant. Tiki-Ti is as close as you’ll get to the historical…

King Cole Bar

This landmark bar in the luxurious St. Regis hotel off Fifth Avenue is beloved by tourists and Manhattan wage slaves, as well as celebs and the city elite. The place buzzes with merriment every night. The wood-paneled room located just off the lush lobby is dominated by artist Maxfield Parrish’s massive mural depicting Old King…

Raines Law Room

NYC’s sexiest cocktail bar is named for the 1896 NY State law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays except in hotels, thereby producing  a sudden spate of bars with beds upstairs. Raines Law Room in Chelsea is a swank, new-era speakeasy with old style touches starting with its unmarked black door at the bottom…

Little Branch

You may walk by the Little Branch a few times before you realize you’ve found the discreetly marked entrance. And then the doorman may make you wait outside until someone leaves — an indication of just how popular this underground lair is. But get in you must. When finally admitted, down a steep staircase you…

Prohibition Creamery

  When Aspen’s famous J-Bar converted to a soda fountain during Prohibition, the booze still flowed – under cover of ice cream – and the Aspen Crud cocktail, basically a bourbon-infused milkshake, has been a hit ever since. This, plus years of home experimentation of my own, has proven that two of life’s delectable riches…