Bars + Clubs

After a day of sightseeing, there’s nothing like continuing the adventure into the night at the best bars and clubs. Be they techno clubs or tiki cocktail lounges to tequila tasting rooms, the best bars in the world offer something for everyone. The trick is knowing your scene, and where (and when) to visit. Plan every action-packed evening of your trip with our nightlife guides, featuring a curated mix of exclusive, reservations-only spots, classic beer halls, dance clubs, and sophisticated whiskey bars. Find the best bars for cocktailsFrom bustling London to poolside in Dubai, a city’s best bars offer innovative cocktails in truly unique settings: sipping a pisco- and rosemary-infused champagne in Copenhagen, for example, or locally made Aquavit in Hamburg. Down in the Bahamas, there’s a strong tradition of serving music-inspired tropical drinks, while in Sydney, the bottled cocktail, many made with locally-distilled whiskey, has been catching on like wildfire.During winter, tipplers look to warm up with a whiskey-allspice infusion in Chicago, or experiment with Italian amaro to add an herbal tang. Once temperatures start to rise, so should you. Rooftop bars around the world offer a place to see and be seen with top-notch spirits and unbeatable views, especially during sunset. Rooftop bars, like at Manhattan’s Jane Hotel, win over style-conscious travelers with their sleek design and high-energy DJ sets. No matter what time of year, Travel + Leisure will point you to the best seasonal cocktail bars you won’t want to miss.Nightlife that can’t be beatFor the type of traveler who comes alive after-hours, Travel + Leisure also offers comprehensive guides to the best clubs and nightlife, no matter what city you find yourself in. After sampling happy hour and the local bar scene, there’s more fun to be had at vibrant after-hours clubs, from karaoke in Costa Rica to expansive dance halls in Brooklyn and Amsterdam. Our articles are packed with useful tips for enjoying the world’s best clubs and nightlife.

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World’s Best Après-Ski Bars

Après-ski, the time-tested tradition of grabbing a beer with your buds following a mountain session, is nearly as old as the sport of skiing itself. Back in the mid-1800s, a few snow bunnies in Telemark, Norway, discovered that a drink simply tasted better after taking a few turns down the slopes. Back then, it was grog or aquavit shared among friends at skiers’ homes. Today, no longer a humble house gathering, wintertime mountain merrymaking is a much more elevated affair. “I often say that up until about 15 years ago, all you needed for a successful ski vacation was a hotel, a chairlift, and a bar,” Dan Sherman, chief marketing officer of and all-around après-ski expert, told Travel + Leisure. “Après-ski is as much a part of skiing culture as the actual skiing itself. In fact, some people go skiing just so they can après-ski.” Toasting post-shred — no matter the language, location, or libation — is universal. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve aced a black-diamond run, skidded down the bunny hill, or spent the afternoon curled up by the fire. Any and all such daytime activities warrant an invite to lift a glass and kick up your heels as the sun begins to kiss the mountaintops. But perhaps the best part is that après-ski activities can vary greatly by destination and region, meaning you can learn a new tradition with every hill you hit. However, Sherman notes that there are a few universal post-slope truths. “For me, an ideal après-ski scene includes wings, nachos, beer, and a live band,” he said. “However, there are plenty of options in destination ski towns that offer more of a gastronomy and mixology focus.” Want to see it for yourself? From refined to rowdy, we’ve rounded up 21 bars where you can celebrate from last call to first chair.
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