Take a trip in high spirits to the world’s most alluring secret bars in this holiday of a lifetime


What is your idea of a fun holiday? A long cruise with the family? Taking the kids to Disney World? going on a backpack trip to Bali? Climbing the Himalyalas? Or, going on a month-long luxury trip to 10 cities (including London, Geneva, Amsterdam, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York), visiting 10 of the world’s most alluring secret bars? Winner? We thought so. VeryFirstTo.com has announced a trip that is going to be the grandfather of everything fun and fantastic. The tour will include Bathtub Gin; Blind Barber; Death & Co; Employees Only; Evans & Peel Detective Agency; Fall From Grace; Happiness Forgets; The Back Room; and The Butcher. The trip will also include checking out cultural highlights during the day (as if!), meeting world-renowned bar expert and author Christine Sismondo and getting a copy of her book ‘America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops’ (#borefest), experiencing cabaret and music performances (yawn); and enjoying cocktail making classes from the world’s top mixologists (now you are talking).

Exotic Drink At J Boroski (Hong Kong)
Exotic Drink At J Boroski (Hong Kong)

This trip is no child’s play, just some hot-blooded, high-spirited whirlwind experiences such as – roaming the ground floor of The Croft Institute resembling a science lab populated with an abundance of unusual glass apparatus and where the ladies bathroom is behind a door marked ‘Department of Female Hygiene’; attending a movie night where drinks on offer reflect the film at Local Edition located in the bowels of the historic Hearst Building where the walls are covered with vintage newspapers; – sitting in members-only Blue Room within the very space that welcomed the stars of the silver screen including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin; – making decisions at Apothéke, a one-time Opium den, where house ‘prescriptions’ are divided into categories including: ‘Health and beauty’, ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Aphrodisiac’.
Apothéke, New York
Apothéke, New York

While on the trip you will get to enjoy some of the finest and the “world’s most imaginative alcoholic creations” including Bad Spaniard; Maple Bacon Bourbon; Popping Corn Cocktail; and White Zombie Doctor; Sweeney Ted which blends Jameson with lemon, honey, pomegranate liqueur, egg white and Creole bitters, or Slap n’Pickle Krogstad Aquavit combining muddled cucumber, fresh squeezed lime juice, house made grenadine and a cucumber wedge. The list goes on.

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And the icing of the cake is an absolute treat – a bar of your own designed by British furnitue and interiors company Timothy Oulton.

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