What is usually found up, is now found down below.
What better way to experience a new city than by venturing underground below the street level to a whole new world of enjoying cocktails in pristine venues. Here, Hunter and Bligh take its readers on a journey through the best underground bars around the world.
Beauty and Essex
At first glimpse, Beauty and Essex is just a normal, New York City, pawn shop complete with guitars, jewels, and the odd figurine here and there. But, once stepping through the very unusual entrance, Beauty and Essex is far more than collectables and one-off finds. It’s described as a combination of bricked walls, leather trimmings and a menu inspired by upscale America. Beauty and Essex is far from a regular underground bar, their delectable menu will surely be a pleaser with Spicy Salmon Tartare, Peruvian Chicken, Crispy Panko Vidalia Onion Rings and Lobster Mac & Cheese to name a few.
Found in Auckland’s CBD in North Island New Zealand, The Caretaker will in no doubt most certainly take care of you and your cocktail cravings. Styled similarly to a New York cocktail lounge inspired by the golden era technique of bartending; with live music, spectacular ice-carving and their speciality – cocktails, The Caretaker is by far the perfect oasis from the outside world. At The Caretaker, every aspect of your drink has been meticulously considered from the fresh pressed juice to using the right type of ice in your drink. With the menu ever changing, regardless of your choice, at The Caretaker, it will most certainly be the right one.
Cave Bar More
Buried beneath Hotel More in Dubrovnik is Cave Bar More – an underground oasis quite literally. Surrounded by the breathtaking formations, guests can travel through the multi-storied complex to enjoy a cocktail or two. Known as one of the world’s 6 best subterranean bars, Cave Bar More is also equipped with outdoor seating fit with Adriatic Sea views that’s only open from April through to November. Of course, considered the venues natural surroundings, Cave Bar More provides a unique and soothing ambience for guests – perfect to unwind to.
Argentina is probably the only place in the world where you’ll find a florist cross underground bar all in one. Welcome to Florería Atlántico, found buried underneath the bustling streets of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Here, visitors will be able to pick out the perfect bunch of florals and a cocktail or two for a relaxing afternoon. Of course, the precinct that the bar surrounds is blossoming with restaurants, bars and nightclubs. But we don’t doubt that Florería will be your favourite especially with their extensive menu including the likes of Peruvian pisco, German beer, champagne, Portuguese wine and of course, rum.
Jules’ Basement, outside on street level it can be missed in a blink of an eye. But deep, inside and underground guests will be amazed by its decor. An understatement to say the least. Lit up by glass tables with illuminating giant skulls, hanging ceiling features all decorated within the very white and black colour scheme; Jules Basement is by far nothing alike to any underground bar in Mexico or the world. All of their cocktails created are carefully prepared by their team of meticulous mixologists and guests are advised to ask these cocktail pioneers for suggestions.
Ladies and Gents Bar
Ladies and gentleman I introduce you to Ladies and Gents Bar. Found in Kentish Town, north of London, Ladies and Gents Bar is by far the most secret and very hidden underground bar in all of London. Similar to the layout of an entrance down into the Underground, the bar is passed by thousands of people without ever knowing that it is there. Considered as the 2nd Best Secret Bar in the World by Thrillist, their menu is far from anything shy. Serving up everything from organic wine to champagne, martinis and highballs.
Upon entering Le Boudoir, guests will be extremely confused to whether they were in the correct city? PariS? Hong Kong? Think of it as a combination of both. Le Boudoir is decorated in velvet trimmings, chandeliers, dim lighting, tasselled draws and an influx of art that covers nearly every inch of space on the walls. Although it seems quite chaotic, Le Boudoir is surprisingly relaxing and perfect for a cocktail off their impressive menu. With everything from mojitos to espresso martinis, manhattans, bloody marys, old fashioned, negronis and even martinis.
The Lobo Plantation
Found buried underneath Sydney’s bustling Clarence St, The Lobo Plantation is an underground bar oasis waiting to be explored. Taking inspiration from Cuba, inside The Lobo Plantation guests will find white laced trimmed furnishings including velvet lined chairs, a gorgeous spiral staircase, heavy green accents and barmen partnered with meticulous moustaches – the perfect look whilst your drink is up in flames. At The Lobo Plantation they thrive off their rum – hence their impressive collection of 250, handpicked, internationally sourced rums – considered to be one of the most diverse and interesting collections in Australia.
Feature image: Jules Basement