There’s always a six o’clock in some place… When the globe is finally welcoming returning travelers without any limitations, The Independent‘s traveling team is savoring the prospect of returning to a few of most renowned drinks, beers, cocktails and local spirits as they travel across the globe. What is the best place to start? maybe a bar at sunset or perhaps a rooftop bar in a city? From all the gin establishments across all over the globe, we recommend an essential drink in these places:


As a traveler who does not fly most of my international travels – as well as domestic – start and end at St Pancras station. It is the home of the Eurostar that can take you through Paris, Lille, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam (plus the French Alps if hopping onboard the TravelSki Express), this stunning part is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture in north London is synonymous with excitement and glamour in my head. This is the reason one of my favorite drinking spots is Searcys Champagne Bar located on the top level of the station. For what’s more glamorous than beginning a journey by sipping a glass of bubbly and an impressive background of trains from around the world?

The bar was given a fresh revamp in the summer and features carriage-style interiors, comfortable booths, as well as an oyster bar that serves oysters and platters, but the famous “press for Champagne” buttons on each table remain there. Do you want to take the boat out for an event? Take a drink at the Pancras Cocktail by Searcys (with the Grand Marnier brand, vodka 42Below brown sugar and peach liqueur mixed by Cuvee Champagne Brut (NV) and a delectable seafood platter that groans in Colchester oysters from the rock, Shetland mussels Mediterranean shrimps as well as yellowfin tuna tartare. decorated Portland crab… Helen Coffey


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New York

My favorite city to enjoy cocktails would be New York, but as the prices are quite high (make sure to factor in the tip per drink!) I’ve got both a high as well as a less expensive alternative for you. If you want a glamorous night out try Bemelmans Barin the 93-year-old Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side. There’s a piano playing ivory, a witty illustration by the artist who is named after it that hang on its walls. There’s also the traditional style of serving cocktails that includes the mini cocktail shaker and an amount to top it up beside the glass (order the Manhattan for the ultimate experience). Lucy Thackray

If you’re looking for a cheap NYC drink or a vibrant cocktails like tiki, Trailer Park Lounge located in Midtown is a great place to have fun. The walls are adorned with old advertisements and highway signs. Elvis photos and plastic palm tree. Americana fun. LT


In Prague it is not often further than 10m from a bar, and I am a fan of each. However, the terrace at The Hotel U Prince, with its views of Prague’s Old Town, has to be the best option: excellent Pilsner beer, more pictures. A glass of Staropramen that is 400ml costs 99 crowns (PS3.70). The sunset is at 5 pm and will be extended to 5.42 pm by the closing of February. Simon Calder


The Budapest Ruins bar is an essential bucket list item and not just a place to drink. The old buildings’ shells are transformed into pop-up bars with road signs, fairylights and bric-a-bars adorning them These bars are lively and a great spot to meet people who live nearby. You can find them within areas like the Hungarian Capital’s Jewish Quarter: my tip is Szimpla Kert, an enormous, rambling drinking hole that is crowded with lively people. LT

Porto and Lisbon

Portugal offers a myriad of great waterside spots to relax with alcohol The bars on the Douro in Porto or along the Tagus in Lisbon and scattered across the Atlantic coast immediately spring to your mind. However, last year I found another place that was more atmospheric in the rooftop bar of the Casa do Turismo in Setubal the charming port that is about an hour south of Lisbon by train. I’m drinking chilled white port, Please. SC


Everyone is in search of every year the lost at Translation Bar in the hotel of Tokyo (in the Park Hyatt hotel); although it’s big-screen popular, it’s also echoing however it’s not the prettiest or it’s a little boring all around. A prettier, smaller and more edgier is the Mandarin Oriental’s bar that is a sleek cube that offers stunning views of the skyline and listen to a gentle in the water inside. LT

You should also check out Tokyo’s small whisky-specific cocktail establishments my favorite one was the Bar High Five situated in a boring office building located in Ginza. It’s best to contact the hotel or your host for directions specific to your location however it’s a worthwhile experience. LT


The majority of tourists who visit Brussels are satisfied with a drink and a stroll through the gabled guildhalls located in the Grand-Place. But a five-minute stroll south will take you to the charming triangle-shaped Place de la Vieille Halle aux Bles and the Le Coming Soon. The name is inspired by film, and the inside is filled with pictures of the celluloid characters. You can also sit in the square, grab local beers and make your own story. SC


The harbour in Bodrum in the Turkish Bodrum city Bodrum is stunningly beautiful and has served as a hub of the Eastern Mediterranean for centuries. Nowadays, it’s a place of peace, offering a safe shelter to a variety of vessels including pleasure craft and fishing vessels. From all of the cafés on the quaysides, my personal favourite is the one that houses the Mariners Association, just beneath the castle. SC