Spring is here – and with it, the first holiday of the year. Whether at home or abroad, there are plenty of new bars opening this month in which to while away the hours. In London, Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise In Soho launches its cocktail bar for drinks as delicious as its food. In New York, original speakeasy Angel’s Share opens a new venue with the same small-group vibe, and over in L.A. Dante opens a poolside outpost in the Hills. Read on for our selection of the most exciting new bars to visit this month.
THE BEST NEW BARS TO VISIT IN APRIL 2023
On the roof of a 15th century Roman palazzo, Notos is the ideal spot for sunset and aperitivi. The views – particularly the nearby San Marcella al Corso and Palazzo Montecitori – reveal the heart of the city, but the herb garden and its Mediterranean scents lifts guests away from Rome’s busy streets. Drop by for Negronis and Spritzes (what else?), stay for the five-course tasting menu.
Open now, sixsenses.com
Paradise After Dark
Following the success of Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise in Soho, its owners are launching a cocktail bar. After 10pm the London venue will serve up a drinks menu inspired by Sinhalese ingredients, including a coconut-washed Negroni, pineapple punch and rambutan Daiquiris. The kitchen will serve up bar snacks all evening – ideal for those reaching for halmilla, an arrack supplied by Sri Lanka’s Rockland distillery.
Open now, paradisesoho.com
Eighty floors above Melbourne, and next door to the Ritz-Carlton’s new fine-dining restaurant, comes the city’s latest cocktail bar. As might be expected, the bar is a showcase for rare and vintage spirits as well as cocktails. There’s even a library next door for the ultimate solo (or partnered) cocktail date. But the star of the show, of course, is the view: floor to ceiling windows give a panoramic view of the city and the sea.
Open now, ritzcarlton.com
Step aboard Hong Kong’s new space-age bar and Japanese fine-dining venue in Basehall. The star of the show at Artifact is caviar, and the luxury ingredient has even sashayed its way into the house Martini. For those who prefer their bar snacks on the side, there’s the Bread and Butter Milk Punch, ‘Bitter’ (a whisky cocktail with vegetable liqueur and Wagyu jus) and a mini-list of chic Highballs. Tasting menus are available in the evenings.
Opens 11 April, artifactbar.com
Los Angeles, USA
Get a little bit of New York chic by the pool in Beverly Hills this month as Dante opens an outpost at The Maybourne. Much like its New York flagship, expect a destination for aperitivi and cocktails: the signature Martini tops the menu alongside a Seville Spritz and a White Negroni. That’s not all: for lunch and dinner, local ingredients appear on a Mediterranean-style menu. Everything is served on the Maybourne’s rooftop with its dead-on view of the Hollywood sign herself.
Open 30 April, maybournebeverlyhills.com
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New York, USA
Contemporary speakeasies owe a debt of gratitude to Angel’s Share, which closed its doors in 2022 – and now drinkers can pay homage at a newly-opened outpost in Greenwich, New York City. Originally opened in 1993 by Tony Yoshida, his daughter Erin is opening the new Grove Street site for the bar. This new venue boasts its own kitchen, and menu proposals include sashimi, karaage and homemade pickles. But some things never change: just like 1993, it’s walk-in only with groups no bigger than four.
Open 30 April, angelssharenyc.com