European bars to visit in 2020

18th November, 2019 by Lucy Britner

Europe has long been home to some of the best bars in the world. Tireless innovation keeps the region’s watering holes fresh, exciting and relevant.

Once again, London has treated the world to a huge raft of new bars in 2019 – from chic hotel spots to dreamy drinking dens, the city has it all. Highlights from this year’s crop include Vestal Vodka owner William Borrell’s Camden‐based Ladies & Gentlemen, Homeboy from Irish duo Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith (formerly of Callooh Callay and London Cocktail Club) and a new one from the Venning brothers – Top Cuvée.

One of the biggest stories of the year was the hotly anticipated new incarnation of Dandelyan from Ryan Chetiyawardana, which re‐opened its doors in March, in the form of Lyaness.

Meanwhile, Hacha came along in May, courtesy of Diageo Reserve luxury Tequila ambassador Deano Moncrieffe – and, unsurprisingly, the bar centres around all things agave.

Following on from the opening of Fare last year, 2019 has seen its share of all‐day, multi‐functional venues, including Serata Hall in London, Margot in Belfast and Sheffield’s Ambulo – an interesting all‐ day concept from Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders and the folks behind Sheffield bar Public, which was one of our top picks last year and it hasn’t disappointed.

Looking out across Europe and Chetiyawardana struck again, this time in Amsterdam with Super Lyan. In Barcelona, Moe Aljaff and AJ White’s “five‐star dive bar” Two Schmucks reopened its doors in June after an extensive refurbishment. Staying in Barcelona, Lilith & Sons also came into being in 2019; it’s the work of three industry friends and definitely one to look out for down the line.

Click through the following pages to discover Europe’s top bars to watch in 2020.

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