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Where (and what) to drink at the coolest, most exciting bars all across Europe

Is there a more romantic notion than indulging in a glass of wine while overlooking the Pantheon in Rome? Or sipping a cocktail al fresco while waiting for your dinner reservation in Barcelona? We think not. The best bars in Europe serve up plenty of boozy inspiration that’ll have you wondering, ‘Is it 5 o’clock yet?’ There’s something for every occasion, too – from trendy rooftop bars and next-level cocktail dens to old-timey dive bars and pubs. No matter your go-to drink order, we’re willing to bet that there’s a watering hole (or two, or three) for you on our list of the best bars in Europe. Without further ado, let’s raise a glass!

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The best bars in London

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The best bars in London

  • Bars and pubs

London’s beloved watering holes need our support now more than ever. Luckily, the best way to do that is to head to one and order a couple of rounds of delicious drinks. We can do that!

The best bars in Paris

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The best bars in Paris

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars

Paris’s drinking scene is one of the best and most diverse in the world. Here’s where to start

The best bars in Barcelona

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The best bars in Barcelona

  • Bars and pubs

You’re doing yourself a disservice if you only go to the most popular dives off La Rambla

The best bars in Madrid

Manero

The best bars in Madrid

  • Bars and pubs

Whether you’re after a traditional taberna, a century-old bodega or modern cocktails

The best bars in Lisbon

Duarte Drago

The best bars in Lisbon

  • Bars and pubs

The Portuguese capital has an abundance of excellent places to drink. Get around with our guide

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The best bars in Amsterdam

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The best bars in Amsterdam

  • Bars and pubs

Centuries-old dive or ultra-modern rooftop bar? The choice is yours in our pick of the best bars in Amsterdam

The best bars in Berlin

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The best bars in Berlin

  • Bars and pubs

If the Berlin bar scene is anything, it’s diverse (and thrillingly so). Its cocktail dens rival Paris and London’s best

The best bars in Birmingham

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The best bars in Birmingham

  • Bars and pubs

Including a NY-themed drinking den and a boozy bolthole specialising in mead

The best bars in Bristol

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The best bars in Bristol

  • Bars and pubs

Ask a Bristolian for their absolute favourite place to drink and they’ll likely reel off a list of bars and pubs so long you can’t remember a thing

The best bars in Dublin

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The best bars in Dublin

  • Bars and pubs

Sure, you’ve got to have that Guinness. But the best bars in Dublin show this city’s equally strong on wine and cocktails

The best bars in Edinburgh

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The best bars in Edinburgh

  • Bars and pubs

Smiley Edinburgh must be about as friendly and welcoming as cities get. Could that be thanks to the booze?

The best bars in Frankfurt

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The best bars in Frankfurt

  • Bars and pubs

A huge expat population has helped revive this city’s drinks scene. These are the Frankfurt bars that pack out every night

The best bars in Glasgow

Photograph: Kelvingrove Café

The best bars in Glasgow

  • Bars and pubs

From a brewery that doubles up as a record store to a factory-turned-bier halle

The best bars in Manchester

Photograph: Jody Hartley

The best bars in Manchester

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

By night, the best bars in Manchester turn the city into a true tipplers’ haven

The best bars in Milan

Cantine Isola

The best bars in Milan

  • Bars and pubs

The local drinking culture dates to the late 19th century, when one Gaspare Campari arrived on the scene

The best bars in Munich

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The best bars in Munich

  • Bars and pubs

There is so much more to the Munich’s bar scene than beer

The best bars in Porto

João Saramago

The best bars in Porto

  • Bars and pubs

Start the evening on the right foot or linger over drinks all night long in Porto

The best bars in Prague

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The best bars in Prague

  • Bars and pubs

The Czech capital isn’t all cheap beer joints. You’ll also find craft cocktails and wine galore at the best bars in Prague

The best bars in Rome

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The best bars in Rome

  • Bars and pubs

A scene forever defined by old-fashioned enoteche (wine bars) has been transformed by speakeasies, rooftop lounges and dive-y beer bars

The best bars in Venice

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The best bars in Venice

  • Bars and pubs

Sip your way through canal-side wine spots, cocktail dens and beer havens

The best bars in Vienna

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The best bars in Vienna

  • Bars and pubs

coral room

Photograph The Coral Room

Fancy a hearty craft ale? Swanky hotel cocktail? Our guide to the best bars in Vienna caters to pretty much all tastes

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