Barcelona: Banker’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental

Tucked inside one of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, the Banker’s Bar is a sophisticated and unique cocktail den. The entryway and ceiling are fashioned from original security boxes, a design feature hinting to the building’s past as a bank. Offering ample indoor and outdoor seating, the bar has become a destination for […]

Ancient Greek Firewater: Crete’s Locally Distilled Spirit

Tsikoudia, commonly referred to as “raki” or “Greek firewater” has come to be known as the national spirit of Crete. A distilled liquor made from grape skins and other remnants from the wine making process, Cretan raki, which lacks the anise flavor of the Turkish variant, typically ranges between 40% and 60% alcohol content. The […]

Montreal’s Gogo Lounge: Psychedelic Culture

A kitschy throwback to the psychedelic culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Gogo Lounge is a popular late nite bar along the bustling St. Laurent Boulevard. The front lounge is filled with a rainbow of colored, plastic hand-shaped chairs. The retro accents continue as you enter further into the bar, with lit up orange, lime […]

Bartini at W Montreal

A small alcove tucked away at the end of the hallway past the main reception area, Bartini is the property’s only W owned bar on the premises. A backlit blue bar and luminescent white glow from the seating area shine through the floor to ceiling glass panels that enclose the bar space. With only four […]

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