Where to go for a great cocktail

With the weather warming up, Chris Carter goes in search of the best places around the world to order your favourite cocktail.


La Guarida's "gorgeous" roof-top bar in Havana specialises in rum cocktails


It has recently added a "gorgeous" roof-top bar specialising in rum and fruit-based "tiki" cocktails. The drinks menu has been co-designed by Scotty Schuder, owner of Paris's Dirty Dick's Rum Bar, and Andrew Loudon, a past winner of the International Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix.

Concordia No 418, Gervasio y Escobar, Havana

Buenos Aires

The cocktail menu tells a familiar story being played out across Argentina: American-style cocktails, such as Martinis, have been pushed out in favour of something a little more local. El Pato is one such favourite a "potent mix of sweet and dry vermouth, gin, Campari, Cointreau and Kirsch", invented in 1954 by Argentina's most famous champion bartender, Salvatore "Pichin" Policastro.

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Avenida Callao 501, Buenos Aires



Here, you'll find everything from entry level Rathbone to rare 1950s Taplows and over 400 labels in between, including Finland's small-batch Kyr. There are also more than two dozen tonic waters to choose from, as well as a cocktail menu featuring Aviations and Vespers.

252 High Holborn, London


Mexico City

The menu "spotlights the flavours of Latin America" and sources local ingredients when coming up with its creations. Mafer Tejada is the resident bartender and the first woman to win the accolade of Mexico's World Class Bartender of the Year in 2015.

Alvaro Obregn, 106 Roma Norte, 06700

London's booze cruise


The bus took usfrom Soho to Regent's Park to Aldgate East,from the top-end Meli White House hotelbar to Merchant House, "a hidden gin den in themiddle of the City".

But for Baker, the best wassaved for last. "Aperitivo is a speakeasy-style ginand vermouth specialist, hidden away above theOliver Conquest pub on the City-East End border."It retains "the feel of a local boozer" and has a"pick-and-mix" menu for building the ideal negroni.

£60 per person, including drinks GinJourney.com

Chris Carter

Chris Carter spent three glorious years reading English literature on the beautiful Welsh coast at Aberystwyth University. Graduating in 2005, he left for the University of York to specialise in Renaissance literature for his MA, before returning to his native Twickenham, in southwest London. He joined a Richmond-based recruitment company, where he worked with several clients, including the Queen’s bank, Coutts, as well as the super luxury, Dorchester-owned Coworth Park country house hotel, near Ascot in Berkshire.

Then, in 2011, Chris joined MoneyWeek. Initially working as part of the website production team, Chris soon rose to the lofty heights of wealth editor, overseeing MoneyWeek’s Spending It lifestyle section. Chris travels the globe in pursuit of his work, soaking up the local culture and sampling the very finest in cuisine, hotels and resorts for the magazine’s discerning readership. He also enjoys writing his fortnightly page on collectables, delving into the fascinating world of auctions and art, classic cars, coins, watches, wine and whisky investing.

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