Bar Tab

As a bar and spirits writer, it is perhaps unsurprising that Bar Tab was always one of my favourite columns in the New Yorker until it quietly disappeared in November 2018.

The small snippets of New York nightlife, culture, politics and gossip that dripped onto the page gave this Londoner almost enough of a taste of life in Manhattan to keep me satiated between trips across the Atlantic.

As a writing exercise they provide just enough creative writing practice, requiring some sharp observational skills and critical thought all within a tight word count.

Consider these an homage, as well as a guide to some of the most interesting bars around the world...



Scarfe's Bar

Worship Street Whistling Shop

Black Rock Tavern

Bloomsbury Club Bar


Elsa's Bar, The Fife Arms

Fly South, Glasgow


Hanky Panky, CDMX

Selva, Oaxaca

Licorería Limantour, CDMX

Attaboy, NYC

Baltra Bar, CDMX

Sabina Sabe, Oaxaca

Employees Only, NYC

Europe & Middle East

Zuma, Dubai

Bar Josephine, Paris