Food & Drink

Vive La Bière: Inside the Bubbling Paris Craft Beer Scene

Vive La Bière: Inside the Bubbling Paris Craft Beer Scene

Few other countries rival France when it comes to gastronomy – or the level of emotion invested in that gastronomy. And while the French capital is full of Michelin-starred restaurants, wonderful wine bars, and excellent craft cocktail dens, there has been a distinct gap in its culinary attentions when it […]

 

BARS

Goodbye, Speakeasy: What’s Next for New York Cocktail Bars

Goodbye, Speakeasy: What’s Next for New York Cocktail Bars

Though most of us aren’t intimately acquainted with bathtub gin, have never had trouble with Prohibition agents, and couldn’t tap out a Charleston to save our lives, we’re more than familiar with the speakeasy. The biggest trend in cocktail drinking in the past decade, the 1920s-style modern speakeasy relies as […]

 

TRAVEL

The Ace Effect: The Rebirth of the Social Hotel

The Ace Effect: The Rebirth of the Social Hotel

What happens when a hotel is no longer just a hotel? When it’s also the centre of a social scene, with restaurants, cafes, and bars catering not only to guests but also to locals; when it hosts pop-up shops, art galleries, and events; and when its lobby isn’t just a […]

 

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Interviews

London’s Cocktail Revolution: An Interview with the Founders of White Lyan

London’s Cocktail Revolution: An Interview with the Founders of White Lyan

What does it take to open a game-changing cocktail bar in 2013? Post craft-cocktail revolution, we’ve grown accustomed to the darkened alleys and disguised entrances of the speakeasy, the resurgence of bracingly strong classic cocktails, and the return of all things artisanal, from hand-cut ice to homemade bitters. What’s next? […]

Lifestyle

Autumn’s Top International Yacht Races

Autumn’s Top International Yacht Races

Autumn is swiftly arriving, bringing with it big winds and choppy waters. Landlubbers stay indoors and sensible sailors head to the protected Mediterranean or warmer Caribbean waters. But a certain group of the sailing elite ready themselves for a war at the wind’s mercy, because with stronger winds come bigger […]

Food & Drink

Vive La Bière: Inside the Bubbling Paris Craft Beer Scene

Vive La Bière: Inside the Bubbling Paris Craft Beer Scene

Few other countries rival France when it comes to gastronomy – or the level of emotion invested in that gastronomy. And while the French capital is full of Michelin-starred restaurants, wonderful wine bars, and excellent craft cocktail dens, there has been a distinct gap in its culinary attentions when it […]

Destinations

Falling In Love With Amsterdam’s Jordaan Neighbourhood

Falling In Love With Amsterdam’s Jordaan Neighbourhood

Adam Groffman is a globetrotter and self-styled hipster. He writes about expat life, festivals, nightlife and LGBT tourism across the globe on his personal travel blog, Travels of Adam. When he’s not out exploring the coolest bars and clubs, he’s usually enjoying the local arts and culture scene of a new […]

Destinations

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The Hedonist | Milan

Fiona Gaze shares her whistle stop tour around the stunning streets of Milan for The Hedonist, our fortnightly column in The Independent. First published in The Independent, Traveller. As we weave back to our hotel, the Townhouse Street Duomo (townhouse.it) at 3am following a succession of signature Negroni sbagliato cocktails […]

Food & Drink

British Drinks: Inside the Rise of the British Aperitif

British Drinks: Inside the Rise of the British Aperitif

It wasn’t long ago that aperitifs were seen as the kind of everyday luxury consigned strictly to holidays. Leave it to the Italians: for those of us hailing from less languorous climes, the idea of a ritualistic drink at the end of the afternoon – accompanied preferably by a plate […]

Hotels

The Ace Effect: The Rebirth of the Social Hotel

The Ace Effect: The Rebirth of the Social Hotel

What happens when a hotel is no longer just a hotel? When it’s also the centre of a social scene, with restaurants, cafes, and bars catering not only to guests but also to locals; when it hosts pop-up shops, art galleries, and events; and when its lobby isn’t just a […]

Travel

The Best Luxury Villas To Rent In Ibiza

The Best Luxury Villas To Rent In Ibiza

There’s no doubt Ibiza has something to offer every type of traveller. Whether you’re looking for a sleek modern villa, seafront property with stunning views or a quiet retreat in a plush countryside finca, even the most demanding requests and discerning tastes are sure to be met. Luxury villa rental […]

Food & Drink, Restaurants

HG2 Estado Puro in Plaza del Angel. Caption: Estado Puro in Plaza del Angel. (NH Hotels)

The Changing Face of Tapas in Madrid

Insiders Madrid comprises a small team of Madrileños who share passion and adept knowledge for the real Spain, providing tailor-made gourmet tours and events in the capital city and surroundings.  Here, Insiders Madrid’s Joanna Wivell talks us through the current trend for high-end tapas in Madrid. Madrid is a city that […]

Travel

Generation Y and the Rise of Experiential Travel

Generation Y and the Rise of Experiential Travel

What did “luxury travel” mean 10 years ago, in the glittering time before the Recession? Odds are, many of us would have linked it to visible consumption – and high costs. Think: bottle service at exclusive clubs, yachting holidays, prix fixe dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, and shopping at designer boutiques. […]

Hotels, Travel

Sleeping Around/ Frederik Vercruyssen

Pop-Up Hotels: The Next Step In Luxury Travel

The trend for pop-ups shows no sign of waning, and in any case, demand for them has simply made creative minds come up with more ingenious ways to adapt and evolve the concept. No area has benefited more from this transient model than the hospitality industry – the pop-up has […]

Destinations

The Hedonist: Miami

The Hedonist: Miami

Nicky Clarke shares his selection of Miami‘s hottest hangouts for The Hedonist, our fortnightly column in The Independent. First published in The Independent, Traveller. Here we are, amongst the headiness of it all, at The Palace — more church-like institution than gender-bending beach bar at 1200 Ocean Drive. Said girls […]