World’s best bar, hotel or restaurant destinations

Image copyright The Pour Room Image caption The Pour Room is a mixing, pouring and wait staff bar Image copyright The Pour Room Image caption The Pour Room is best known for its expansive…

World's best bar, hotel or restaurant destinations

Image copyright The Pour Room Image caption The Pour Room is a mixing, pouring and wait staff bar

Image copyright The Pour Room Image caption The Pour Room is best known for its expansive cocktail list, canapés and desserts

Don’t travel to Budapest for the city’s finer things. It is also a top destination for superb bar and cocktail-based entertainment.

The city, once a prisoner of war camp and later an industrial centre, has also slowly regained its footing as a wealthy city – a favourite destination for the super-rich, and a solid base for a few very important international eateries.

Villa, the new super-luxe Hotel Monte Alto

So if you’re tempted to spend a weekend in Budapest for just a bar, restaurants or shopping, just try to think of it in a suitably glamorous way.

1) The Pour Room

Although Wine Club featured another exclusive venue, there are other worthy contenders for a cocktail at night in the city. Among the best might be Villa, one of the latest and most contemporary high-rise properties in the heart of the Central European capital. Its 21 bars and lounges are the city’s finest.

Villa, the new super-luxe Hotel Monte Alto Image copyright Victor I Vucht

But Villa distinguishes itself by incorporating all elements of a classic five-star hotel. Accommodation options include a penthouse overlooking the lake, doubles in the main manor house and main restaurant. The spread includes 12 bars in the main building, each with a bar in the corner that was the design inspiration for the entire hotel.

It offers such indulgences as a concierge service, but also a sumptuous collection of other exclusive services, including a not-to-be-missed wine club, tea services and wine tastings.

This is a luxurious hideaway where you can kick back after work and enjoy the sleek finishes and cutting-edge electronics, whether you are after one of the signature cocktails or a classy meal. Prices start at around £15.

2) Manhattan

The nearest newcomer to my list is on Karlsruhestrasse, a trendy shopping street in the posh Ballyhoo district of the city.

Mark Hilton’s Manhattan opened with the grand ambition of being a ‘luxury street bar and restaurant’. Then again, the rules of the game might be changing – a street bar needs an obviously glamorous facade, but with an undeniably expensive menu.

Luxury street bar Manhattan Image copyright The Pour Room

The Manhattan’s bottom line is obvious: it has always had a Michelin-starred restaurant attached to it, due to the credentials of its co-owner. The aim is to combine a bustling bar with a modern menu.

At the heart of the bar is a comfy sit-down dining area. It is the scene of so many parties and fundraisers: one aspect of the extensive cocktail menu is ‘solid colours,’ a shadowy array of murky hues with lots of dark woods and long, striated leather banquettes.

The Manhattan is famous for the clear waters that run alongside its manicured lawns. Other unique features include a fine art collection dotted around the outside.

But despite being a modern and stylish hangout, it has big plans to become the home of a brewery. It even has plans to open a brewery and tasting room – so long as a few permissions are in place.

If you love the Manhattan’s spirit and all the glamour and history that surrounds it, then make a night of it. Some of those quirky items which didn’t make the list might be waiting for you.

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