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Five of the world's coolest bars.

  1. Kahiki, Columbus, Ohio
    Live parrots and a wall of fish.

  2. Home House, London
    Swanky and louche.

  3. John's, Brooklyn, New York
    Known to insiders as Sonny's; Fridays only; a writers' hangout.

  4. Bar La Opera, Mexico City
    Out of the Porfirio Díaz era, with white-jacketed waiters who'll fetch you Cuban cigars.

  5. Greenwich, Berlin
    Neo-Seventies sectional sofas; no sign, no phone.

    Park Hyatt Hip
    The most happening restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, is located, believe it or not, in the Park Hyatt. Nearly everything that chef Paul Wilson, cooks at Radii, a theatrical multilevel space, is made for sharing, from the wood-roasted local fish to the poached egg with truffles on warm polenta (011-61-3-9224-1211).

    Provence Vacances
    La Bastide de Marie, an exquisite 18th-century farmhouse in the Luberon region of Provence, France, has been transformed into a hotel--one of the few you'll find that serve their own estate-grown wines with dinner (011-33-4-90-72-30-20).

    By Kate Sekules