When I travel, I like to try out the best of what my destination city has to offer in the way of cocktails. This is why I recently sought out Varnish in Los Angeles and Knee High Stocking Co. in Seattle, and why I made a point of going to Harry’s New York Bar and the Bar Hemingway in Paris last year. In fact, I keep a list of interesting sounding bars in various cities that I may visit, just for reference should I find myself there and wanting a drink.
I’ll be spending a week in London soon, followed by a few days in Reykjavík, so it’s time to do a little research on what these cities have to offer.
As a classic cocktail enthusiast, the first bar to come to mind when speaking of London is the Savoy. Home of Harry Craddock and The Savoy Cocktail Book, how could I pass up the opportunity to stop in for a drink? But alas, the Savoy Hotel is undergoing restoration currently and while it was originally scheduled to be completed this year, the reopening been postponed until 2010. So scratch that one.
There’s Milk and Honey, London, counterpart to the NYC location, which is sure to be a good bet. But non-members have to make reservations, which requires a level of advance planning that just isn’t likely to happen when traveling. Lab and Coburg both sound promising, but I don’t really know anything about either of them.
Here I’m a bit lost. I’ve gone a bit of research but most of the places I’ve come up with as being “good for cocktails” in Reykjavík are trendy nightclub spots, which isn’t my style at all. Not to mention, the descriptions I’ve read are more about the “scene” than the quality of the drinks themselves.
Know any great spots in either of these cities? Leave a comment!