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The Platinum List: Bars Worth Travelling For

We've teamed up with The Platinum Card® from American express to bring you a guide to the international watering holes you need to know

Whether you’re after a taste of the Australian outback or looking to sip with a view of Istanbul’s famous sunsets, we guarantee these bars are worth the flight. If your evenings tend to be dictated by more than just food, we’ve got you covered there too – this is the good life.

Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Near Buenos Aires’ docks, pop into this florist for colourful blooms and bouquets. Step downstairs to discover a Latin speakeasy in the basement, where drinks are designed as an homage to the city’s history.

Call: +54 11 4313 6093
Arroyo 872
Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Manhattan, Singapore

A tribute to New York’s renowned hotel bars, Manhattan is draped in art-deco garb, complete with marble tables, velvet drapes and backlit bars, while much-lauded mixologists create Big Apple-themed cocktails.

Call: +65 6725 3377
1 Cuscaden Road
Level 2 Regent

Dante, New York, US

Dating back more than 100 years, it’s easy to see why people love this Greenwich Village café. Serving a variety of Italian drinks (including negronis on tap), this legendary bar continues to draw debonair drinkers.

Call: +1 212 982 5275
79-81 Macdougal Street
NY 10012
New York

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The Clumsies, Athens, Greece

Nestled on a cobbled Athens backstreet, The Clumsies is an all-day cocktail bar. Spanning three floors, tables play host to loyal locals and travellers eager to see what the fuss is all about.

Call: +30 210 323 2682
Praxitelous 30

black pearl

Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s best-loved cocktail bar offers creative cocktails, craft beers and more-ish comfort food in the lively Fitzroy neighbourhood. Peruse the menu or go off piste – there’s nothing these guys don’t make to perfection.

Call: +61 3 9417 0455
304 Brunswick Street
VIC 3065

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Sweet Liberty, Miami, US

Powered by the motto “pursue happiness”, this local favourite on Miami Beach certainly delivers drinks that’ll put a smile on your face. Opt for a Basic Bitch or Pear Pressure for an adult spin on American high school.

Call: +1 305 763 8217
237 20th St Suite B
Miami Beach
FL 33139
United States

Linje Tio, Stockholm, Sweden

In typical Stockholm style, Linje Tio offers an evening of urbane sophistication. Seasonally changing drinks menus are expertly concocted with a mixture of homemade syrups and Scandinavian panache.

Call: +46 08 22 00 21
Hornsbruksgatan 24

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Image courtesy of EK Yap and Atlas

Atlas, Singapore

A cocktail bar with a global perspective, Atlas is on the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic Parkview Square. An homage to the skyscrapers of New York, this is Jazz Age elegance at its finest.

Call: +65 6396 4466
Parkview Square
600 North Bridge Road

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Attaboy, New York, US

Hidden in plain sight, this understated cocktail bar is a hipster hotspot in New York’s Lower East Side. Ring the doorbell and enter for creative cocktails, hip-hop and a cool cat speakeasy vibe.

134 Eldridge Street
New York
NY 10002

Little Red Door, Paris, France

Enter through – you guessed it – a little red door in fashionable Marais to find this quirky bar with an architecturally themed cocktail menu. Expert curation and staff who really care about your experience make it a real find.

Call: +33 1 42 71 19 32
60 rue Charlot


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The Lowdown: The Platinum Card Benefits

The adage “it’s about the journey, not the destination” doesn’t always ring true when it comes to crowded airports and long queues. Yet with access to over 1,200 airport lounges in over 130 countries, Platinum Cardmembers can ease into a trip. We’re not ones to leave people out in the cold, so both you and your Supplementary Cardmember can each bring a guest into any American Express or Priority Pass lounge. With the Platinum Card, there’s something to look forward to as soon as your journey begins.

One For The Road

Platinum Cardmembers won’t ever have to worry about having one glass too many – in fact, for them, getting from A to B has never been more rewarding. Simply book with Addison Lee and receive a £10 monthly statement credit when you charge your ride to your Platinum Card. You’ll save time, money and arrive in style.

Travel. Eat. Repeat.

Food tastes better when enjoyed with those you care about, and the same goes for travel too. That’s why Cardmembers can step out with confidence, knowing that they, their partners and dependents are protected by Worldwide Travel Insurance. What’s more, The Platinum Card covers under 25s embarking on a gap year, keeping the next generation of travellers safe as they set off on their own adventures.

An Extra Slice

If a party without cake is just a meeting, then what’s spending without a little sweetener? For every £1 spent on your Platinum Card, you earn a Membership Rewards® point, which can later be used to cover any purchase made on it. Additionally, you’ll receive a welcome bonus of 30,000 points when you spend £4,000 in the first three months of Platinum Cardmembership. More is… more.

For more information and to apply for The Platinum Card, click here. Annual fee £575. Terms and Conditions apply.

Important Information

If you’d prefer a Card without any rewards, other features or a Cardmembership fee, an alternative is available – the Basic Card. Applicants must be 18 or over. Approval is subject to status, and Terms and Conditions apply.

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