Top mixologists use perfect ice cubes, and even dry ice, to make exceptional classic and creative cocktails.

Food & Wine
May 01, 2009

1. Hamburg: Lion-Bar de Paris

At his dark, intimate bar, Jörg Meyer shows off his encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails.

2. London: Montgomery Place

The softly lit speakeasy offers a Rat Pack vibe and terrific old-school drinks.

3. Melbourne: Seamstress

This four-story restaurant has two bars and exceptional updated classic cocktails.

4. Milan: Nottingham Forest

Molecular mixologist Dario Comini’s unconventional bar arsenal includes syringes and dry ice.

5. New York City: PDT

Jim Meehan obsesses over obscure classic cocktails at this supercool unmarked lounge, accessed through a phone booth inside an East Village hot dog joint.

6. Osaka: Bar. K

For more than a decade, this small bar has excelled at details like exquisite ice and perfectly executed classic cocktails.

7. Paris: Experimental Cocktail Club

True to its name, this neo-baroque lounge serves ingenious drinks, like a new-style Old Fashioned made with grapefruit zest.

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