Longer evenings and sun-kissed tipples after work have had us dreaming about our favourite watering-holes around the world...
For a shot of pure escape, it doesn't get much better than these places.
The Pelican Bar
Where: Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
Local Tipple: Rum, of course!
Rocking up in a canoe with a Jamaican who doesn’t seem to know where he’s going, climbing a rickety ladder, and ducking inside for an icy rum-punch...The Pelican Bar in Jamaica has got to be our ultimate chilled-out waterhole. But what about when it’s stormy, and it gets washed away?! No problem – the owner Floyd just builds it again, and waits for his loyal punters to drift back in.
Big Baobab Tree Pub
Where: Limpopo, South Africa
Local Tipple: wild Marula fruit beer
If you like pubs with a bit of heritage, then you’ll love this “little” establishment. Reportedly the largest tree in the world, Limpopo’s Baobab is over 6,000 years old, and has a pub in its naturally-formed hollow. Former punters include Dutch voortrekkers, and ancient bushmen whose artefacts were found in the cavity.
Rooftop Lantern Bar
Where: The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
Local Tipple: Singapore Sling, invented by a barman at Raffles Hotel in 1915.
On a sultry evening in Singapore, the Fullerton’s roof-top Lanterns bar is definitely the place to be seen. Lounging by the glass-fronted pool with a Singpore Sling, and accessorized with designer goodies from the famous shopping district, you’ll have incredible views of the dazzling waterfront below.
Trancoso Village Green
Where: In the state of Bahia, Brazil.
Local tipple: Caipirinha – a zingy cocktail made with lime and sugar-cane rum.
Rediscovered by hippies in the 70s, the sleepy village of Trancoso is pretty much the same as it always was. During the day, you can sip a Caipirinha beside the multicoloured houses, accompanied by donkeys munching grass, and lads playing football beneath the trees. By night, Trancoso becomes even more magical: strung up with lanterns, and with legendary parties on the beach below.
Karon Bay, Phuket
Where: Phuket, Thailand.
Local tipple: Chang or Singha beer.
If you want a bit of colour in Phuket, but want to steer clear of gaudy Patong, the quirky strip at Karon Bay is a great place to sip a Chang. When you step inside the tinsel-decorated restaurants along the waterfront, you’ll notice that many of the locals are playing ‘Connect 4’: challenge them to a game, and if you win you might just get a free drink!
Cafe Buza, Croatia
Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Local tipple: Dalmation herb brandy.
Last but not least, a bit of a cryptic one...
Down winding alleys from Dubrovnik's port, through a tiny door in the city's 7th century ramparts, and clinging to the cliffs of the Adriatic coast, is wave-dashed Cafe Buza. We won't tell you exactly how to get to this secret waterhole, but we can assure you that getting lost in this fascinating city is a tonic in itself.