Top 10 most exciting bar openings of 2016

18th January, 2017 by Annie Hayes

A London whisky den kitted out with a 185-year-old tree trunk and a Hong Kong hangout by famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese were among the hottest new bars to open around the world last year.

We reveal our top 10 most exciting bar openings of 2016

More than any other year, 2016 proved that a cocktail can be made by the bartender, but inspired by the chef. Experimenting with texture, vapour, aromatics and form has become commonplace behind the bar – but the focus is on not on drinks alone.

Take postmodern tiki paradise Pagan Idol in San Francisco, which is decked out with thatched tiki huts and smoking volcanoes, or Sydney-based post-WWII themed speakeasy Kittyhawk, named after the US fighter plane.

Last year also witnessed the rise of the multi-purpose bar space: hot-desking, coffee-making, cocktail-creating snack spots which have all occasions covered – from brunch through to date night.

Click through the following pages to discover our list of the world’s hottest new bar openings of 2016.

One Response to “Top 10 most exciting bar openings of 2016”

  1. Amy says:

    Pagan Idol is a cool looking bar but their drinks are pretty poor quality. Definitely one of those places folks only go because it’s close to their work and not because it’s anything special.
    Ask folks who are into great cocktails and quality spirits what their opinion is and you get a lot of the place has style but no substance to their drinks.

    Try Pacific Cocktail Haven up the street. Their “tiki” drinks blow Pagan Idol’s out of the water.

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