Top 10 new cocktail cities in Europe

13th April, 2011 by Marinel FitzSimons

Bucharest, Romania

Not many people would consider Romania a hot nightlife location, associating it rather with Dracula and communism, not exactly a winning combination for a top notch cocktail culture. In reality the city has been going from economic strength to strength over the past decade, with one of the strongest growth rates in Europe. The city is a hotchpotch of different styles as a result of a dictatorship with a penchant for Western architecture (which earned the city the nick-name of ‘the Paris of the East’) and extensive war damage that resulted in new modern buildings popping up in the middle of medieval squares. Similarly, the culture is a highly colourful mix of traditional Romanian and international, with a strong jazz and Blues scene there. As the city strives to assert its presence on the European nightlife landscape, its cocktail bars are particularly sought after, with some really exciting bars, some of which go above and beyond the standard call of the performance aspect of making cocktails, including costume accessories, and one bar that even boasts a young Russian girl squeezing lemon into your mouth with her teeth. Clearly what all cocktails have been lacking…

Top bars:

Déja vu (Bälcescu Boulevard), Avantgarde (Str. Luigi Cazzavilan 24), Fratelli (1-3 GLODENI Street, Bucharest 2)

2 Responses to “Top 10 new cocktail cities in Europe”

  1. Gintleman says:

    Wow… Krakow and Valencia are in the list, while Madrid isn’t.
    Really hard to understand. In Madrid you can have some of the best cocktails in Europe, and without any doubt, the best gintonics. In we strongly recommend some bars for you: De Diego, La Reina Gin Club, Pel’s Pet, O’Clock.

  2. Marinel FitzSimons says:

    We tried to compile a list of up&coming places, rather than established capitals – but thanks for the tip! Always good to have information about good bars! Thanks for your input!

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