10 Fabulous Cocktail Bar Recommendations!

Sometimes I get approached by brands for collaborations and they want me to write about something I don’t really care about, like dating apps or gambling sites or whatever. So I don’t work with them because life’s too short to do stuff you don’t want to do. But when Travel Republic were all like, “you wanna write about holiday cocktails, hun?”, you can bet your bottom dollar I said yes.

Because chilling out in a cool bar in a new city with a Margherita in hand is one of the best things ever, am I right?

Anyway, Travel Republic has this new guide out, all about where to drink iconic cocktails in the fabulous cities they’re known for. You know, like a Manhattan in NYC or a Mojito in Cuba, the real famous ones. (Literally just writing that has made me crave a mojito…)

Well I helped them out with a recommendation for their guide on where to get a delicious Panther Milk cocktail in Barcelona, as well as another fabulous bar to try out whilst you’re there. It also includes tips from some of my fave bloggers so def go check it out! You can see the full guide over here, y’all.

Can Painxos, Barcelona

And I figured whilst I was at it, I would give you a couple more recommendations based on awesome bars and delicious cocktails I’ve tried on my travels…


One of my favourite bars in Amsterdam is Hannekes Boom, especially in Summer when you can sit out on the terrace overlooking the water. The bar is full of antique furniture, is covered in fairy lights and has a casual, easy-going vibe.


Fairly new on the scene, The William Vale is a gorgeous 22nd-floor rooftop bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline! The cocktails are expertly concocted and the decor is chic and luxurious. What more could you want from a bar?

Also give Berry Park in Brooklyn a go for a more casual atmosphere, with lots of fairy lights and great mac and cheese.

Rooftop Bar - The William Vale NYC


It’s a well-known one, but one of my fave places for a cocktail in London is Dirty Martini. They have a tasty little happy hour as well as delicious Raspberry Martinis. They’re banging.

I also really like the Bourne & Hollingsworth cocktail bar off of Oxford Street, the chintzy wallpaper and cocktails in teacups are all so kitsch, I love it!


A secret 1920’s speakeasy bar that you access through a telephone box in a hotdog shop? Yep you read that right; it’s The Marble Ring in Birmingham, Alabama. Enjoy a ‘Fire In The Asylum’ cocktail on the terrace and try to spot the naughty silhouettes in the wallpaper…

Bottega Cafe is also a great shout if you’re looking for dinner with your cocktails. Try the Hemingway drink, it’s so good!

BOTTEGA - Birmingham, Alabama


You’re meant to have Singapore Sling at Raffles, but who can be bothered to get all dressed up for an overpriced cocktail that you can only afford to have one of? Instead go to local dive bar for one! I tried one in Boat Quay – honestly it’s not my favourite but has to be done when in Singapore!


If you’re after cocktails with live music in Bangkok, head to Brown Sugar on Phra Sumen Rd. Focusing more on Jazz music, this place is as hipster as it gets in this city with art exhibitions and poetry readings in the bar.


You have to try a Hurricane cocktail in New Orleans, it’s essential. And one of the best places for it is d.b.a on Frenchman Street. Listen to a live brass band and dance the night away in this lively part of the city.

New Orleans French Quarter

Hope you like these recommendations and don’t forget to check out the Travel Republic guide to holiday cocktails! Do let me know if there are any others you’d recommend?

Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @HeelsInBackpack!


Total Blogger Transparency: This post is sponsored by Travel Republic but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I wouldn’t play you like that, shorty.

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