We like to keep up with latest styles and trends, whether that’s the newest Scotch bottlings or the most recent collections from the hottest designers. But why indulge just one passion at a time? We’ve found a number of high-end shops around the world that also serve cocktails and spirits. Now’s that our kind of shopping trip. Cheers!
Armani Ristorante, Armani Fifth Avenue, 717 5th Avenue, New York, 212 207 1902:
One of the best views of New York’s iconic 5th Avenue is from the bar on the third floor of Giorgio Armani’s lavish Midtown store. Past the mannequins displaying this season’s outrageous Italian designs is the brand’s eponymous Ristorante, which boasts gourmet Italian cuisine (what else did you expect?) along with a long, sleek back-lit bar and a menu of cocktails as well as wine and spirits.
What to drink: Mojito Imperiale (rum, mint, sugar, Champagne)
Barney Greengrass, Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 310 777 5877:
When deluxe New York department store Barneys opened up in Beverly Hills, it brought along another Big Apple legend: the Barney Greengrass restaurant, AKA The Sturgeon King. (The two were founded by completely unrelated men named Barney.) It, of course, serves delicious smoked fish, but what draws our attention is the decadent vodka and caviar bar.
What to drink: Vodka
Habitant, Nordstrom, 100 Bellevue Square, Seattle, 425 455 5800:
At the massive Nordstrom in Seattle’s luxurious Bellevue Square mall, you’ll find Habitant, a snack bar with a surprisingly extensive cocktail menu. Recharge from a day spent wandering the racks with a plate of roasted-cauliflower hummus or shrimp sliders and a tasty drink.
What to drink: Rent Check (Espolón Blanco Tequila, St-Germain, jalapeño syrup, lime juice, watermelon)
Hadleigh’s, 71 & 74 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214 526 3777:
Perhaps best-known for its sumptuous slippers—which you can find at Neiman Marcus stores around the country—this Dallas clothier has a by-appointment-only atelier next to its main store, where you can sip a Scotch from its collection (or have a mixed drink of your choice) while you choose the options for your bespoke suit.
What to drink: Scotch
Hix at Selfridges, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, 020 7318 3125:
Chef Mark Hix gained widespread fame for his eponymous London restaurants, and he even brought in celebrity mixologist Nick Strangeway to run Mark’s Bar in Soho. So it’s not surprising that the beverages at his establishment in the Selfridges flagship store are delicious. There’s a Champagne-and-caviar bar, as well as a long list of Bellini-inspired tipples.
What to drink: Hix Fix (Somerset Eau-de-Vie, Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 Sparkling Wine, Morello cherry)
Holts Café, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto, 416 922 2333:
Originally a furrier that supplied Queen Victoria, Holt Renfrew today sells couture clothing in boutiques all around Canada. And its Bloor Street location in Toronto also contains this restaurant specializing in seasonal dishes and drinks. (There are Holts Cafes in Edmonton and Montreal as well.)
What to drink: Apple & Sage London Gin (No. 3 London Dry Gin, Calvados, apple cider, sage)
You can get everything from designer cufflinks and bowties to a custom-made dress shirt at this Cleveland men’s shop, and owner Mike Lang will serve you whatever you want from the in-house bar while you browse. There’s a nice selection of whiskies, and Lang also shakes up a mean Long Island Iced Tea—he says it helps coax customers into making purchases!
What to drink: Long Island Iced Tea (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, triple sec, sour mix, cola)