WHY HERE: Walking into Nottingham Forest for the first time, you might worry you’ve accidentally found a teensy Tiki bar. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place. The décor might be more dark wood and travel souvenirs than you’d expect, but the drinks bring the kind of molecular mixology and experimental magic (think: smoke, fire, shape-shifting and more) that’s jaw-dropping in its presentation. Don’t be surprised to see plenty of test tubes pulled out.
WHY NOW: Molecular mixology has perhaps seen its hyperpopular heyday come and go in the United States, but Dario Comini, the mastermind behind the stick at Nottingham Forest, continues to whip up the kind of potions that feel like mind-bending science experiments. The menu is hulking, and don’t be afraid to ask for the English version.