Is there anything finer than to enjoy a well-made drink in convivial surroundings with like-minded folk? Absolutely not, says food critic and author <b>Richard Ehrlich</b>, who dispatched his expert panel to seek out top watering-holes on several continents. Remember, somewhere in the world it's always opening time...
The panel

Dick Bradsell, one the UK's foremost cocktail bartenders, is currently overseeing operations at Match and Match 2. Ian Wisniewski is an authority on spirits and the author of Classic Tequila and Party Drinks. Knut Hoffmeister is the founder of, and is based in Germany when not travelling the globe in search of a good drink

18 November 2000

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Best bars in New York
'21' Club, 52nd Street, New York
The Blue Bar, Algonquin Hotel, New York
Oak Bar, The Plaza, New York
Asia De Cuba, Morgans Hotel, New York
Bemelmans Bar, The Carlyle, New York
Blackbird, New York
Bubble Lounge, TriBeCa, New York
Cub Room, SoHo, New York
Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria, New York

Best bars points east
Bamboo Bar, Hotel Oriental, Bangkok
Cellar Bar, Wierzynek Restaurant, Krakow
Cipriani Bars, The Cipriani, Venice
Column Bar, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw
Greendoor Bar, Berlin
Harry's Bar, Venice
Long Island Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Chowringhee Bar, The Oberoi, Calcutta
Writer's Bar, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Mojo, Leeds

NB: Details were checked at the time of going to press but are liable to change.