Fancy a cocktail?
Cocktail season is about to begin, but if you're all dressed up with nowhere to go, here's a few suggestions for where in the city to sip Luxembourg’s finest concoctions.
This Limpertsberg institution has a speakeasy bar which comes highly recommended for its extravagant cocktails. Each cocktail recipe is thoughtfully put together and contains sumptuous ingredients and offbeat spirits.
Try the cocktail Broad (combining Seedlip Groove 42, lemongrass and mango, sparkling syrup and mushroom salt) or the elegant and dry Ritzy made with Applewood gin, black Ceylan Bergamot liqueur, Mancino dry vermouth and Ben Riach 10-year-old Curiositas (whiskey). You'll be spoilt for choice from the menu, so choose wisely. Open from 11:00 to 01:00.
Winner of the best cocktail bar at the Luxembourg Nightlife Awards (LNA) this month, Lady Jane is not for anyone and everyone as it's a private members' club and you will need a password for entry. You can get this via www.enterladyjane.com, and gain access to a uniquely designed bar.
Hendrick's Gin sponsor the bar (according to online reviews) so you won't need to worry if gin is your favourite cocktail base, but you can also try a Pisco Sour with a Greek Skinos Mastiha and a Bloody Mary with Mezcal.
One reviewer cites that the brave can try the Bourbon and peanut butter or beetroot infused vodkas and orange wine, or you can tuck into something more local like Hunnegdrepp, which combines apple schnapps with salty caramel syrup. Open Wednesday and Thursday 17:30 to 01:00 and Friday and Saturday 19:00 to 03:00.
Piano Bar (Le Royal Hotel)
The newly renovated Piano Bar has a fantastic terrace and a new cocktail menu, created by Sarah Haenel and her team. You can enjoy one of their signature cocktails including the Spiced Swingle (Cointreau, Brazilian spirit Leblon Cachaça, agave syrup, blood orange juice, kumquat, ginger, cayenne and lemongrass).
If you prefer something familiar but with a twist, try the Amaretto Sour, Expresso Martini or Hemmingway Daiquiri. Open every day from 10:30 to 01:00 with live music every Thursday to Saturday evening from 21:00 to 24:00.
Octans – a spirited bar
The Octans crew want to share their exotic spirits and long forgotten cocktail recipes with you. Try out the Winnie the Pooh which combines five year old rum with martini, Campari, cynar, and fernet liqueur (often praised as the band-aid of booze).
It will also produce some special cocktails for Dia de los Muertos. Expect some good live music too, and this city bar gets a big thumbs up for customer service from reviewers. Open Monday to Thursday from 17:00 to 01:00, and Friday and Saturday from 15:00 to 03:00.
Sofitel Le Grand Ducal
Open from 10:30 to 01:00 every day, this famous hotel's L'Observatoire Bar has a unique view of the city night lights and it's own resident DJ to provide tunes. Cocktail concoctions include Vintage Negroni and a 007 Martini, in addition to a selection of Tikis and Juleps. You can also linger over a designer cocktail and views of the city at the hotel's Coco Mango bar and lounge.
Cheeky drinks with no drama is the motto of Llama concept bar in the historic old town, as they invite you for a Pisco Sour and Ceviche combo. Nominated as the best bar in town in the Luxembourg Nightlife Awards, reviewers rave about the DJs as much as the cocktails, some of which come in mugs rather than tall glasses, delivered by local mixologist Mehdi. Open Monday (16:00) and Tuesday to Saturday from 17:00 until 01:00 with late opening until 03:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Try out the Christmas Thyme combination of bourbon infused with thyme, aperol, lemon, honey syrup, or check out the ingeniously named My boyfriend is on Tinder which combines, St Germain liqueur, vodka, grapefruit juice, elderflower tonic and rosemary on the extensive cocktail menu at this cosy bar with individual seating booths.
If you need a cocktail at 08:00 on a Monday fear not, this place is open then, as well as every day until 01:00 with the later closing of 03:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Other cocktail emporiums in the city
There is simply not enough space to list all the cocktail bars you could try in the city, although perhaps don't try them all in one night. But here's a shout to Go Ten, Gotham, Atmosphere, Um Plateau, Bellamy, Pablito and Tender.
Out of town
Airfield – Findel
Airfield's signature cocktail mixes Crémant with passion fruit and rhubarb, whilst the daredevils can try out Autumn Freshness which combines a mystery spirit with blackberries, blueberries, almonds and coriander. If you have one cocktail too many you can book a double room on the premises.
Nasty Bar – Dudelange
Voted by the public as one of the top five bars in Luxembourg in the LNA, Nasty Bar is the home of all things rum. Try the Elegance mix which contains white Bacardi, St Germain Liqueur, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, egg whites and is topped with champagne. It also stocks plantation rum from Guatemala expertly mixed into something tasty by cocktail aficionado Pierre. Watch out for the Caribbean and Voodoo nights.
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