The World’s Greatest Hotel Bars – Part 2: Europe

In the second part of our guide to the world’s greatest hotel bars, we move on from the tropical lounges of South America and the skyscraper drinking dens of Asia to a little closer to home: Europe, starting right here in good ol’ Blighty. Read Part 1 here.

Coburg Bar at The Connaught, London

The bar’s iconic wingback chairs got a reprieve, but in 2008 this staple of the London hotel bar scene got a dazzling makeover courtesy of India Mahdavi. Their menu still reads like an Encyclopaedia Booztanica with 49 essential selections, some which go back to the 18th century. Carlos Place; Telephone: +44(0)20 7499 7070.

Bar Hemingway, Ritz Paris, Paris

The prices are enough to make Papa Hemingway put another shotgun in his mouth with some tipples at a wallet-emptying 40 euros, but when those drinks are blended by international mixing legend Colin Field, all is forgiven. 15 place Vendôme; Telephone: +33 1-43-16-33-65.

The Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

A relative newcomer to the list of Europe’s esteemed hotel bars, this young whippersnapper opened its doors in 2004. It's been a bona-fide hit since then, teaming up all manner of Hungarian sausages and hams with the country’s traditional favourite: pálinka ( fruit brandy). Roosevelt tér 5-6; Telephone: +36 1-268-6000.

Hassler Bar at Hotel Hassler Roma, Rome

Get yourself up those Spanish Steps, and reward yourself by ducking into this wee bar. A historic location, it’s the perfect spot for a cheeky aperitif whenever the mood might take you. Campari and soda is a local favorite. Princess Diana went ga-ga for their Bellinis, which tells you all you need to know to visit or avoid like the plague. Piazza della Trinità dei Monti 6; Telephone: +39 06-699-340.

O2 Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow

If Russia’s new-found opulence took solid form this bar would be it. A rooftop destination sporting a glass dome, sushi bar, and a breathtaking Moscow view. Outdoor parties until the wee small hours in the summer, restorative vodkas served in ice in the winter. Take your pick. Tverskaya Street 3; Telephone: +7 495-225-8888.

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