Whether you find yourself in the air regularly for work, or just like to travel internationally for as many holidays as possible, you probably like to try out the local food and wine scenes wherever you end up.
While there have always been cities that are renowned for their gastronomy — think New York City, Paris, and London — these days there are lots of great “up and comers” that are making a splash. If you’re keen to try out some cool new bars and restaurants around the world, read on for some of the best new scenes to add to your list.
If you’re looking for a holiday destination in Asia with one of the hottest Bar Scenes right now, book tickets to Singapore with Flights.com and be ready to party. The cosmopolitan city is leading the way over Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok these days when it comes to top bars, and savvy sippers will find all sorts of venues to explore during a stay here.
In the past, Singapore’s best Cocktails were generally served up in luxury hotels or in tucked-away speakeasy-style bars like the popular 28 HongKong Street, a constant entrant on the various “world’s best bars” lists. While these locations are still rocking on, today there are even more top spots to check out. For instance, don’t miss a visit to the light, open, inviting space that is found at the Tippling Club on Tanjong Pagar Road.
Tippling Club spans three shop-house units and boats a dining room, a bar, and a private upstairs dining venue. The chef/owner Ryan Clift aims to bring “affordable avant-garde” to the neighbourhood, and serves up world-class cocktails. Sip on a range of sweet, fruity, smokey, bitter, dry or sour creations, such as the quirkily named Smashing Good Thyme (rum, thyme, citrus and green peas), Sartorial (whiskey, earl grey honey, clove, leather and black peppercorn), or Lime & Tofu Daiquiri (rum, sake, tofu, lime, togarashi and bonito).
Galway in Ireland
While Ireland is well-known for its wide range of pubs and bars, and appreciation of Guinness, the country also boasts plenty of great restaurants. One of the nation’s up-and-coming food destinations that is impressing people from across the globe is Galway.
This west-coast harbour city hosts a very popular oyster festival that’s held each September. The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is an event that attracts thousands of people from across 25-plus countries who can’t get enough of the fresh oysters and other seafood that is taken from around the local area.
The city also has plenty of high-end restaurants which make creative use of a variety of local Galwegian ingredients. One popular spot for diners is Kai Cafe and Restaurant. Located on Sea Road, the establishment serves scones, hot baked goodies, and tea and coffee at breakfast, and then at night treats clients to such dishes as locally-caught monkfish, Castlemine lamb chops, sea spaghetti, cockles and broth, and mozzarella with fennel pollen and heirloom tomatoes.
Reykjavik in Iceland
Another spot that’s getting a name for its bar scene is Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Even though Beer that is stronger than 2.25% has only been available (legally, anyhow) since the late 1980s, the city is quickly making up for lost time. No matter the time of year, even in the dead of winter, you’ll still find the sidewalks along the city’s main drag packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Reykjavik is actually now the place to go for artisan ales and craft beers, as well as some funky nightspots that serve up craft cocktails.
If you’re after a boutique brew, head to the Denmark-based brewery Mikkeller & Friends. Located in a colorful space in the downtown area, the bar opened in February this year and serves twenty different types of beer on tap. Apart from those from the Danish micro-brewery Mikkeller, the bar also has rare options such as the Westvleteren (considered by some beer lovers to be the best ale in the world); the iconic Belgian Gueuze; and some vintage BelleVue beers.
If you want to try some local product, head to the industrial-styled Kaldi where you’ll find Icelandic beer on tap. The nation’s brew has been designed as a healthier option than the additive-laden international beers, and the bar has four different varieties you can try.
If it’s cocktails you’re after, the best option in Reykjavik would have to be Slippbarinn. Although the cocktail culture in Iceland is only young, you’ll find plenty of great-tasting drinks at this vintage-looking watering hole. Located in the foyer of the Reykjavik Hotel Marina, the Slippbarinn is the city’s first real cocktail bar, and creates its concoctions from locally-produced ingredients.