Take a trip around the world for a kiss and a world-class cocktail at these top Valentine’s bars.
Angel’s Share, New York
One of New York’s best Valentine’s bars is located in its stylish East Village. Angel’s Share tucks itself away for just you and your partner behind a nonchalant side door hidden in the Village Yokocho Japanese restaurant. In fact, mingling in groups of four or more is against the establishment’s rules. The tuxedo-clad bartenders and the cosy, intimate surroundings will keep the secrets of your Valentine’s date night close, as you peer out together along the pristine gardens of Stuyvesant Square. The sultry ambience and speakeasy style will enchant your date, making it one to remember.
Dear Irving, New York
From the cosy to the classy, Dear Irving Gramercy makes an exquisite Valentine’s bar, as it sets you up in one of four period-piece quarters to sip champagne. Choose from the decadent JFK room, the 20s inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald room, an Art Deco corner with gold-striped floorboards, or a late-baroque rococo royal room. Completing whichever scene you choose is a cocktail menu designed by the ineffable talent of Meaghan Dorman, whose waitresses appear in floor-length gowns at the ring of a bell fitted to each table. Dear Irving on Hudson also ticks boxes when it comes to a perfect Valentine’s date, as it offers spectacular sky-high views of Manhattan. Feel like James Bond as you sip on a ‘Balto Old-Fashioned’ cocktail. If you and your partner are in the mood to gain some practical knowledge, book a cocktail class, where you will be introduced to the craft of bartending and will have the opportunity to replicate Dear Irving house favourites and classic recipes.
Northern Lights Bar, Iceland
Certainly one of the best Valentine’s bars in Scandinavia, the award-winning Northern Lights Bar in Iceland sits an hour outside of Reykjavik, inside the ION Adventure Hotel. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer up panoramic views of Lake Thingvallavatn, lava fields and volcanic plains, but it’s the view that sits atop these, of course, that really sets this bar apart. February is the perfect time to view the Northern Lights in Iceland, and a luxury Valentine’s drink settled directly below it couldn’t be more perfect. Gaze up at the break-taking majesty of one of the world’s most stunning natural phenomenon while enjoying a stylish array of local liqueurs, beers, and spirits from Iceland’s many microbreweries.
Sky Bar, Thailand
Another wonder in the sky has to be Bangkok’s premier outdoor terrace. Some of Asia’s best Valentine’s bars are perched atop the Lebua Hotel, with the Sky Bar in particular offering romantic panoramic views of the bustling cityscape below. You’ve had rooftop drinks before, but this bar is something else, as it is suspended on a precipice 820 feet in the air. Distil Bar, one floor above, offers up a stylish lounge, filled with world-famous single malt whiskeys and premium vodkas. Topping off this luxurious bar experience, you and your partner can enjoy a hand-rolled authentic Cuban Cigar to finish your Valentine’s night at the adjoining open-air Cigar Terrace.
Rock Bar, Bali
Overlooking the infinity of the Indian Ocean at sunset, Bali’s Rock Bar presents the majesty of the Kuta panorama and uninterrupted views of the 1.3 kilometre coastline of Ayana Resort and Spa. Named one of the best bars in the world by both CNN and the New York Times, we’ll add that it’s an impeccable Valentine’s bar as its innovative minimal design by Yasuhiro Koichi perfectly frames the natural beauty of its surroundings. Famed Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige created the bar itself, using thousands of layers of recycled glass canes. At sunset, you and your partner can enjoy what the locals call the ‘aquatic fireworks’ – a result of waves crashing against the cliffs below after swelling over 100 metres of coral reef.
Antica Bottega del Vino, Italy
‘Aperitivo’ is the Italian ritual of enjoying a pre-dinner drink. Indulge in this sacred Veronese tradition at the classic Italian Valentine’s bar, Antica Bottega del Vino. The “Bottega” has a long history, dating back to the 16th century. What was once a meeting place for intellectuals and artists is now an internationally recognized place, renowned for its phenomenal wine list. This is not to say that the bar no longer attracts members of the art world. Antica Bottega del Vino has themed meetings dedicated to poetry, culture, conviviality and friendship. A window display of vintage wine treasures offer a sense of the luxury and old-world charm that awaits you and your partner inside. The Soave and Amerone are the standouts, as is the simple charm of its famous antipasti. Cin cin!