The only thing better than a long, sunny day in Europe is the perfect summer bar. Whether you’re drinking al fresco in the north or beating the heat in the south, here are some of the best bars in Europe to visit this summer. Cheers!
The Dutch word for rust, Roest is appropriately named given its location in the industrial Oostenburg section of the city. Surrounded by old warehouses, Roest brought in sand, DJs and cocktails, giving the locals a reason to head east to this buzzy canal-side bar.
Noel bar in Athens is the place to celebrate Christmas in July in the Northern Hemisphere. While there are no Christmas trees or lights, the “festive environment with dominant red and gold” decorations make it a unique space. Beyond cocktails, the bar offers an extensive Greek wine list.
As the main street leading from the metro to the beach, Barcelona’s Passeig Joan Borbó has long been a tourist hot spot. But trendy new bars and restaurants like Makamaka are giving locals reason to visit La Barceloneta. Enjoy a cocktail with a Maradona burger, with “chimichurri spices and buffalo mozzarella together on a tasty bun.”
Berlin: Deck 5
Berlin isn’t located near the ocean, but thanks to the 7th-floor beach club Deck 5 atop the Schönhauser Allee Arcaden shopping center, you wouldn’t know it. Take in the panoramic view of Berlin with a tropical cocktail, like a Caipirinha, Daiquiri or Spreebrause.
Located on Ellen, a 1933 house boat overlooking the Copenhagen harbor, Kontiki is the perfect summer bar. Several unique first-come, first-serve pop-up dinners are held throughout the year, while the bar is open all day during the summer.
Helsinki: 100 Dogs
Known as Helsinki’s only dive bar, Son of a Punch – the collective of bartenders behind the innovative bar Liberty or Death – opened 100 Dogs in 2012. The initial concept was to serve only 100 hot dogs per day, but four years later, the spot serves savory snacks, affordable cocktails and beer daily until close.
London: Tamesis Dock
A converted ’30s barge moored on the Thames, Tamesis Dock is a permanent floating pub. Located between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge, the spot serves food, drinks and weekend brunch, not to mention free Wi-Fi. Come with your sea legs – “although the river current is only mild, things feel a lot more wobbly” after a few drinks.
Paris: Paname Brewing Company
Not even Paris can escape the craft beer craze. The Paname Brewing Company, with its “enviable location next to a canal,” is an ideal summer bar in Paris. Of course, the brewery mixes modern techniques with traditional brewing methods, making this spot’s offering uniquely French.
Rome: T Bar
Italians live for aperitivo – evening drinks before dinner intended to stimulate one’s appetite. Located on the Tiber, T Bar has a huge buffet, making it the “cheapest way to have dinner and a drink” in Rome. Italian specialities like lasagna, pizza and pasta are on the menu, as are a huge choice of desserts.
Damm bar in Zurich transformed a run-down pub into a cheerful summer bar with an outdoor garden. “The perfect retreat for warm summer evenings,” the spot has a decent rum selection, cocktails and beer.
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