John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

From New York to Athens to Singapore, these establishments provide high spirits, low lighting and a memorable ambience.

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Gin enthusiasts should make a pilgrimage to the art deco-style Atlas, which offers roughly 1,300 varieties of the spirit from around the world. Sip a perfect martini or a French 75 at a tufted banquette or at the bar with its “gin library” that towers to a height of 26 feet.

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The Clumsies
Athens, Greece
Located in a 1919 town house in central Athens, The Clumsies is an all-day bar that starts out relaxed and casual, then amps up courtesy of a DJ as the night progresses. Beautifully packaged signature cocktails like the Aegean negroni and a clear strawberry daiquiri have become so popular they’re available at hotels throughout Greece.

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Sugar Monk
New York City
This swank cocktail lounge opened in 2019 and seeks to recreate the feeling of the Uptown speakeasies of Harlem’s Jazz Age. Located near the iconic Apollo theater, Sugar Monk combines enigmatic glamour with modern cocktail alchemy—don’t be surprised if your drink is finished with the touch of a blowtorch.

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Tokyo Music Bar
Mexico City
Amid the vibrant colors of Mexico City is the dark and alluring Tokyo Music Bar, a speakeasy concept with a Japanese twist. Like a true speakeasy, you should know someone to get in: Tokyo Music Bar is invitation-only. Enjoy classic or sake-infused cocktails in stunning glassware and a DJ spinning an impressive vinyl collection.

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