Why certain bars are so wildly inflated in price? While snobbish waiters, ‘luxury’ entertainment, and high markup are more common in cities, great location and breathtaking beach views are more common in more tropical places. But if you think paying $15 or more for a drink is excessive, you could find yourself crying over what’s to come.
Here are The World’s 10 Most Expensive Bars
10. The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, Mayfair
The Savoy’s chic American Bar, which opened its doors to customers to enjoy classic American-style beverages way back in 1893, is the country’s oldest still-operating cocktail bar. Not particularly old by British standards. Or old enough to warrant the outrageous $150 price tag for each White Lady, a traditional cocktail composed with Cointreau, Gordon’s Gin, and lemon juice.
Of course, the pianist, who plays jazz tunes every night, rain or shine, and adds ritzy vibes to the mix, might have something to do with the rates, which range from $18 to $200. His songs pay homage to the Savoy Songbook, a special cocktail menu where each drink is named after a well-known song.
9. The Icebar at The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi
The ice bar trend was unsurprisingly born in Sweden, and no ice bar compares to The Icebar at The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Thanks to the collaboration of artists from all over the world, the inside of the bar is transformed every year. Your drink will be served within one, so there’s no need to request it on the rocks. Drinks cost approximately 115 SEK ($11), so it’s not on the pricier end of the scale and the ice comes directly from the Torne River.
8. Subsix Underwater Bar, the Maldives
A 20-foot-underground bar should be pricey; it sort of comes with the territory (or lack thereof). But the Subsix Underwater Bar, which is situated off the island of the Maldives, raises the bar for outdoor eating significantly. This watering hole is only accessible by boat, and it features a magnificent staircase that allows you to gently descend into the ocean’s depths.
This undersea journey is certainly worth it for the nautical perspective. Shoals of parrot fish, damselfish, eels, and Hawksbill turtles swim past as you drink on $22 cocktails (the most expensive item on the menu is a Hennessy cognac for £312) from the clam-shaped bar as your back is lovingly massaged.
7. XS Nightclub, Las Vegas
The Ono, a specialty beverage at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas, costs at least $10,000. When put into context, that amounts to about $1,000 each drink. What gives, then? With Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1981 and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac, you might say it’s a royal affair.
Not a bad gift, we must admit, especially as it also includes a woman’s 18k white-gold necklace and a set of men’s silver cufflinks. Can it, however, support $10,000? We don’t know for sure, but we wouldn’t advise you to take your date there to impress them.
6. The Peak Bar, Tokyo
One of Tokyo’s busiest pubs, The Peak Bar offers sweeping views of the Nishi-Shinjuku buildings in the distance. One drink may cost as much as 4,000 plus tax and service ($40), so you’re really paying for the view. However, there are live DJ sounds played throughout the week, which makes for some fun entertainment.
5. Playboy Club, Mayfair
No, it’s not necessarily the bunny waitresses or the club’s unique selling proposition, but Playboy Club provides its customers a particular something all the time: luxury. Salvatore Calabrese, a master mixologist, created Salvatore’s Legacy, one of the most costly drinks in the world.
Among other ingredients, it contains a cognac from 1788, a kümmel from 1770, and an 1860 orange curaçao. This bar is the place to go if you want to sip on a beverage that set a Guinness World Record and costs $7,000.
4. The Coccaro Beach Club, Puglia
The Coccaro Beach Club is the ideal place to unwind in the evening and sip on a refreshing cocktail while soaking up the last of the Italian sun on a golden Italian beach.
The most expensive alcoholic beverages start at $8 a glass of wine, which may not sound like much, but the salads cost $17 per plate. Despite its opulent gazebos and beach-themed drinks, this novelty is expensive. We suggest? Grab a lunchbox to go.
3. Detroit’s Bad Luck Bar
Motors and sports arenas are only a couple of the things that Detroit is well known for; upscale bars are not typically one of them. But that’s only because you’ve never heard of the city’s best-kept cocktail secret, the Bad Luck Bar. Since reservations are not possible, you may either show up and try your luck or make a call the night before.
The Admiral, which costs $80 a glass and is concocted from a mixture of rums that taste like pure fire, is the bar’s most expensive cocktail.
2. New York City, a duvet
The pub with a bed motif was ideal for daydreaming about dressing up. Despite being permanently closed, this establishment warrants a place on our list for one of its distinctive beverages since, at least for a while, it was the hot drink in New York. The Platinum Passion bottle cost $6,000 each.
1. The Hemingway Bar of the Hôtel Ritz Paris
Ernest Hemingway, a famed drinker, loved the Hotel Ritz-Paris for its vivacious grandeur and free-flowing alcohol. The Sidecar, a cocktail that was popular during his Parisian heyday, the 1920s, is still sold at a bar that carries his name today.
However, the Sidecar constructed here contains a champagne Cognac from between 1830 and 1870, which is said to have been hidden throughout WWII from nosy Nazi soldiers. The cost of a single glass is $1,670.