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.
From 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.
For 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.