Are you tired of the local bistro or bar? Do you feel like an adventure, getting away and a new experience somewhere that’s original, mysterious yet welcoming? Part treasure hunt, part return to childhood, the places selected by Cityoki in the three great cultural capitals, Paris, London and New York, will not leave you indifferent.
Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde (The bar at the end of the world): the epitome of a geek bar! Well located, not far from the Place du Chatelet, The Dernier bar avant le fin du monde provides several types of geek ambiance, from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. You choose which universe you want to sit in and then open the Kraken Tribune to find the current menu. You can eat and play a board game at the same time, with friends or with the people at the next table. 19 avenue Victoria 75001 Paris
Ice bar at the Kube: the Ice Bar at the Hotel Kube is the only permanent ice bar in Paris. The ice decor is completely renewed every year. There’s no drinks list and everyone has the same: three fruit juice-vodka cocktails and vodka shots, all at the same price – 25€ per head. To maintain the beautiful decor and give the full experience, the Ice Bar is kept at a temperature between -15° and -20°C. At such temperatures frozen sessions are limited to 25 mins. But don’t worry; you can borrow the necessary gloves, hats and quilted jackets from them. 5, Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris
The Roof Gardens: The Roof Gardens harks back to the legendary hanging gardens of Babylon. The name doesn’t lie – the bar is on the roof of an old building and has a running stream that threads its way through three inviting gardens. It is rumoured that you can even see live pink flamingos there. It is possible to close off certain green spaces as salons and shaded terraces for private events. 99, Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Cahoots: time travel awaits those who enter this retro bar, located in an old World War II air raid shelter. The décor: an old tube carriage and staff in costume makes for a really novel experience. Even the cocktails and eats seem to have come straight from the post-war era. Cahoots regularly organises ‘supper evenings’ on a post-war theme. 13, Kingly Street, London W1B 5PG
- New York
Le Bain: at Le Bain it is possible, and you are even encouraged, to enjoy a drink in the swimming pool that gives on to an enormous panoramic window with a breathtaking view of New York. For those who haven’t got their swimming things, there is a slot machine that sells them. The decor is trendy and it is not unusual to see young starlets there. To get in you have to go up to the roof of the luxury Hotel Standard, High Line. 444, West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014
Manderley Bar: the Manderley Bar occupies a beautiful area in the old McKittrick Hotel (542, W 27th St). The status of ‘abandoned ‘ hotel in art deco style is liable to produce a few thrills, and then add in the show Sleep No More complete with phantoms and somewhat macabre scenes. The whole makes for a retro, jazz age inspired, fun evening. There is also a lush, overgrown garden on the rooftop. 532, West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001