Hottest bar openings in September 2021By Kate Malczewski
Last month, a host of new venues opened in cities around the world – here are the ones we can’t wait to visit.
As autumn’s cooler weather takes hold of the northern hemisphere, bar openings are heating up.
In September, London welcomed two stunning new hotel bars. Meanwhile, New York gained a long-awaited outpost of the UK-based steakhouse Hawksmoor, and San Francisco saw the opening of a highly inventive globe-trotting-themed drinking den.
Read on for our pick of the latest openings in Las Vegas, Glasgow, London, New York City and beyond.
Want more new bars? Check out our top openings from August.
Peyote, Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ hybrid shopping centre and event space Fergusons Downtown has a new oasis in the form of Peyote, a Palm Springs-inspired restaurant and bar.
The space features ample outdoor seating on a patio decked out with succulents, where guests can enjoy open-fire cuisine and sip on a variety of inventive serves. The cocktail list offers drinks inspired by fire – like El Camino, a mix of joven mezcal, Alpine Preserve liqueur, passion fruit purée, lime-agave sour and smoked sea salt – and unexpected options like Tea for Two, a large-format serve with a choice of vodka or Tequila, Organic Mixology Meyer Lemon & Ginger liqueur, fresh lemon juice, white peach purée and cold-brewed Earl Grey tea.
Hawksmoor, New York City
After years of planning and an 18-month delay due to Covid-19, UK steakhouse chain Hawksmoor has finally opened its New York City outpost.
The restaurant is located in the historic United Charities building near Gramercy Park, and serves up all the signature drinks and dishes of its overseas counterparts. The food menu emphasises impressive cuts of steak, while the cocktail list offers many of the serves that have become favourites at Hawksmoor’s London locations, including Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew and the Full Fat Old Fashioned.
The Red Room at The Connaught, London
There’s a new venue in London’s thriving hotel bar scene, tucked away in The Connaught. The Red Room is the hotel’s fourth drinking den, joining the acclaimed Connaught Bar, Coburg Bar and Champagne Room.
The décor is themed around a selection of red works by artists Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Ti-a Thuy Nguyen and Trina McKillen. Meanwhile, the drinks selection revolves around wine, with impressive vintages available by the glass thanks to a new Coravin system. In signature hotel bar style, two trolleys have been custom-made for a touch of wine-pouring theatre, too.
The cocktail menu also draws inspiration from the world of wine – director of mixology Ago Perrone has developed a list of six wine-based cocktails. Drinks called ‘Red’ and ‘White’ are the bar’s signature serves, and the list will rotate seasonally.
Arc Inspirations-owned bar chain Manahatta has extended its empire with a seventh site in Birmingham, joining locations in Leeds, Manchester, York and Harrogate.
The New York-themed bar has an emphasis on sharer cocktails and party classics such as the Espresso Martini and Pornstar Martini. Meanwhile, the food menu features a brunch, a new offering for the chain, with American dishes such as fluffy pancakes and bagels. In the evening, guests can choose from classics like steak frites and fried chicken.
Abandon Ship Bar, Glasgow
Hospitality group Macmerry 300 opened Abandon Ship Bar in Dundee in 2019, and has now built on the concept with a new outpost in Glasgow. The 80-cover restaurant and bar is inspired by street art, with neon signs and leather booths in pastel pink and blue. And the operator has big ambitions to build an empire, with a forthcoming location in Covent Garden and a total of 10 sites planned across the UK.
Traveler, San Francisco
Bay Area restaurant and events space 25 Lusk has welcomed an adventurous new bar concept, Traveler.
The drinking den plans to completely revamp its décor and menu every six months to showcase a different globe-trotting destination. Mexico is the first country in the line-up, accompanied by an extensive list of aguas frescas, fermented drinks and creative cocktails such as Where the Maguey Grows, with mezcal, aloe, oregano, blanc vermouth, lemon and aquafaba – not to mention a menu of tacos and bar snacks.
Ginger Lily, London
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has launched its first European outpost in London, and the new hotel is home to Ginger Lily, a bar celebrating Singapore’s cocktail culture.
The 71-cover space claims to offer the largest selection of by-the-glass fizz in the city, and features an extensive 120-bottle collection of rum curated by bar manager Francesco Putignano, a veteran of Seabird at The Hoxton Southwark.
Putignano’s cocktail menu takes advantage of the venue’s rum and Champagne stores, with drinks such as Gold Milk Punch, a mix of Havana 7 rum, Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, Vermouth del Professore Rosso, vanilla, lemon, bitters, cinnamon and nutmeg; and Sparkling Sage, with Mount Gay Black Barrel, honey, sage and Champagne.
Hospitality group D&D London has set up shop in Stratford, debuting a new alpine-inspired bar and restaurant called Haugen.
Naturally, the food menu is a cheese lover’s dream, with a selection of fondues and show-stopping raclette-topped dishes. Cocktail enthusiasts have plenty of choice here too, with a list of both classics and signature serves – many of which incorporate schnapps for a true après-ski vibe.
The Bourbon, London
East London has been graced with a new dive bar thanks to the opening of The Bourbon. As its name suggests, the venue has a major focus on Bourbon, with a back bar of more than 40 expressions. Its selection includes some real corkers: George T Stagg 2019, Van Winkle 12 and Pappy Van Winkle 23 are all on offer, as are a selection of cocktails, wines and American beers. Hungry customers can order from a barbecue-focused menu.