Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

The UK's 50 best bars

'You may have to negotiate your way past the beautiful people to reach your sake but it's all part of Zuma's sophisticated charm,' says Anthony. With more than 40 premium sakes to try warm or chilled, a delectable wine list, and plenty of delicious cocktails, Zuma is a great place to start the evening. An appetising sushi counter, robata grill, and sunken kotatsu tables make it a great place to carry on too.
Where 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DL (020-7584 1040;
Connaught Bar
With its dusky pink Cubist decor, exclusive vintages and a stellar cocktail menu, the Connaught bar at it its namesake hotel is widely lauded as the best in London. 'Fearsomely chic, this art deco-style lovely is a must-visit on the London bar scene,' says Ben. 'Try a bespoke martini using Junipero gin and perfumed with a spritz of essential oil - but don't expect much change from £20.'
Where Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K2AL (020-7499 7070;
Laguna Kitchen & Bar
With over 100 different varieties of wine to choose from and a pretty al fresco seating area, Laguna is a relaxing place to sip vino and watch the world go by. Hungry? The bar menu, with locally sourced specials, is available all day. Tired? This isn't the place for you ? it's open until 2am most days.
Where Park Plaza Hotel, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AL (029 2011 1103;

From classy cocktail lounges and late-night hideaways to hip hotels and wild watering holes.

The panel

Daniel Baernreuther is the manager of the American Bar at the Savoy; Ben McCormack is editor of ‘Square Meal’; Kate Hutchinson is clubbing editor at ‘Time Out London’; Anthony Rose is wine columnist for ‘The Independent’ and founding member of

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Source: Independent

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