The Merchant Hotel Bar, Belfast
Why It's a Standout: Award-winning mixologist Abigail Gullo (who now manages the bar in SoBou in New Orleans) appreciates the deep selection of drinks at the Merchant Hotel, the bar that inspired one of NYC's most revered cocktail destinations, the Dead Rabbit. "[It] has a literal book of cocktails to choose from, all expertly crafted with care and a generous nod to historical classics," she notes. Among a slew of other accolades, the Spirit Awards named it World's Best Cocktail Bar in 2010.
The Drink to Order: Go for the the Nui Nui cocktail, a Tiki Rum drink with Cuban Anejo Rum, vanilla, cinnamon, and pimento dram. Says Gullo, "When you put your nose to the drink to take a swig, you are submerged in a sweet and spicy winter wonderland."