Why are some bars so expensive? It’s often their metropolitan markup, snooty waiters, and ‘luxury entertainment’. In tropical areas, it’s more down to prime location and breathtaking beach views. If you find anything above the $15 mark excessively expensive for a drink, you might start to weep about what lies ahead.
While some bars will leave a significant dent in your pocket, others will bankrupt you and make your family financially unsustainable. Here’s a list of ten of the most expensive bars around the globe, including dives 20 feet below the ocean and taverns that serve custom cocktails with diamonds.
The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in Mayfair
The Savoy’s American Bar, a chic bar that serves cocktails in a glamorous setting, is Britain’s oldest remaining cocktail bar. It was established in 1893 and has since welcomed guests to enjoy vintage American-style drinks. It’s not exactly ancient, by British standards. Or old enough for the outrageous $150 per White Lady price tag. This classic cocktail includes Cointreau, Gordon’s Gin, and lemon juice.
The pianist plays Jazz music every night, rain or shine. This could explain why the prices range from $18 to $200. His songs are a nod towards the Savoy Songbook, a custom cocktail menu that each drink is based on a well-known song.
Still unconvinced? You don’t have to be convinced because we were until we discovered that they had their jingle.
The Icebar at The Ice Hotel Jukkasjarvi
Sweden is where the ice-bar craze began, which is not surprising. There’s no better place than The Icebar at The Ice Hotel Jukkasjarvi. Artists from all over the globe re-sculpt the bar every year. You don’t have to order your drink on rocks; it can be served inside one. Drinks are about 115 SEK ($11), and the ice is made from the Torne River.
Visitors love the snow dance floor, which is popular among visitors. With temperatures between 0 to -5, it’s a great place to get your heart pumping.
Subsix Underwater Bar in the Maldives
It would be reasonable to expect a bar 20 feet below the Indian Ocean to be costly. But it just goes with the territory. The Subsix Underwater Bar is located off the Maldives and takes alfresco dining up a notch. This watering hole can only be reached by boat. You will then slowly descend into the ocean through a dramatic staircase.
This underwater adventure is worth the view. While you enjoy $22 cocktails (the most costly item on the menu being a Hennessy cognac at PS312), you can watch shoals parrot fish, Hawksbill turtles, and damselfish glide by as your anemone chair gently massages the back.
XS Nightclub Las Vegas
The Ono, a drink that XS Nightclub Las Vegas offers, will cost you at least $10,000. This is a mere 1000 dollars per sip. What’s the deal? It is a royal affair with Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1982 and Louis XIII De Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac.
As if all that weren’t enough, the package includes a pair of silver cufflinks for men and an 18k white gold necklace for women – a pretty nice gift, we have to admit. Can it be worth $10,000? We don’t know the answer, but we wouldn’t recommend taking your date to this place to try and show off. This is a tip.
The Peak Bar in Tokyo
One of Tokyo’s most popular bars is The Peak Bar. It offers spectacular views of the Nishi Shinjuku skyscrapers stretching across the horizon. The view is the main reason you pay, with a single drink costing Y=4,000 plus tax ($40) and service ($40). However, there are live DJ tunes throughout the week, which make for some great entertainment.
From 5-8 pm, there’s Twilight Time, the bar’s happy hour. Here you can enjoy unlimited canapes as well as all-you-can-drink booze. You have plenty of time to enjoy that expensive brew. But don’t go crazy; it’s still a long walk back to the street.
Playboy Club, Mayfair
Playboy Club offers its members a unique experience. It’s Salvatore’s Legacy, the most expensive cocktail in the world and Salvatore Calabrese, the genius behind it all.
It is made with a 1788 cognac and a kummel from 1770, and an orange curacao from 1860, among other things. This bar is the place to go if you’re looking for a drink that has won a Guinness World Record, costs $7,000 and can be enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere.
The Coccaro Beach Club in Puglia
The Coccaro Beach Club is a great spot for beach lovers: Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a relaxing evening at the club while taking in the sun on the golden Italian beaches.
It’s a big hit with its beach-themed cocktails and elegant pavilions. However, it comes at a steep price. The cheapest alcoholic drink starts at $8 per glass. And while this may not seem like a lot, the salads start at $17 per plate. Our recommendation? Pack a lunch.
Bad Luck Bar in Detroit
Detroit is well-known for many things, including motors and sports stadiums. But expensive bars aren’t usually one of them. The Bad Luck Bar is the city’s secret cocktail bar. Reservations are impossible, so you can either show up and try your luck or call ahead to reserve a table.
The bar’s most expensive cocktail is the Admiral. It costs $80 per glass and is made with a mix of rums that tastes like fire. (This brew literally smokies when it’s poured).
Duvet, New York City
This bar-themed bed was ideal for imagining yourself in a luxurious hotel room. This bar is now closed, but it deserves to be mentioned for its signature drink, which was, for a time, all the rage in New York.
It was called the Platinum Passion and cost $6,000 per bottle. This drink was first introduced in 2005 on Valentine’s Day, presumably to test new relationships. It contains Ruinart Champagne and passion fruit, honey and L’esprit de Courvoisier. It’s not surprising that the place was closed at such high prices. However, we suspect the daily fees for washing duvet sheets probably did not help.
The Bar Hemingway Hotel Ritz Paris
Ernest Hemingway was a famous drinker who loved the Hotel Ritz Paris for its vibrant opulence, free-flowing alcohol, and friendly staff. A bar named after him sells the Sidecar, a drink that was very popular during Ernest Hemingway’s Parisian heydey in the 1920s.
The Sidecar here contains a champagne Cognac between 1830-1870. This is believed to have been hidden from the Nazi soldiers during WWII. A single glass costs $1,670.