Tread lightly in these dark alleys and deceptive shopfronts as they are not what they seem. VeryFirstTo is inviting lifelong bar hoppers to join them for a once in a lifetime trip to The World’s Most Alluring Secret Bars. This one of a kind trip will take you and a travel partner to unique pubs, saloons, and speakeasies in 10 cities around the world. The unconventional establishments are full of history and have stories to tell.
Palmer Co Sydney
You will need to set aside a lot of time, make it a month-long break, from whatever you do. We all know bars are famous for quirky names. Even village pubs have interesting labels, most of the times it is the name that makes the bar a brand. Names on this list belong squarely in that category. Take your pick from these interesting names – Bathtub Gin; Blind Barber; Death & Co; Employees Only; Evans & Peel Detective Agency; Fall From Grace; Happiness Forgets; The Back Room; and The Butcher.
Operation Dagger Singapore
The World’s Most Alluring Secret Bars trip costs $98,000 per couple (post-Brexit £75,000/ €87,500). That is money well spent as you get to know the ins and outs of bar culture. The schedule includes meeting and hearing from world-renowned bar expert and author Christine Sismondo. You’ll also get a copy of her book “America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops”. Attending cabaret and great music performances are also part of the trip. Besides you get to expand cocktail making skills by learning from the world’s top mixologists.
Speakeasy Hudson Sideboard
VeryFirstTo tells us lots of the establishments you will be visiting are masquerading as shops, buzzers and brass bells. You will have to whisper passwords to enter and some have entrances hidden behind sliding bookcases. These are stories we all have heard before but never experienced. How about – entering an umbrella shop and finding a particular umbrella handle that reveals the hidden world of Foxglove behind the dazzling showcases. The trip is full of mystery places like this and not to mention the stories they have to tell.
Apothéke New York
The ten cities you’ll be visiting are London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Most of these places remind us of speakeasies of the prohibition period. There is a surprise gift for those who take the luxury bar-hopping tour. On their return, they will receive a beautiful bar of their own, from British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton. The World’s Most Alluring Secret Bars tour is managed by travel specialists Hurlingham Travel. For more information contact Gabrielle Varlow at press@VeryFirstTo.com or on 078540 73012.