The Chanticleer Society
A Worldwide Organization of Cocktail Enthusiasts

Guide to Recommended Bars and Cocktail Lounges

Overview

The Chanticleer Society is a worldwide organization of cocktail enthusiasts. As our members travel in far flung parts of the globe, they will often want to try to find a cocktail bar to go to where they can have a truely memorable experience. They want to be in the presence of bartenders who take pride in their craft and customers who recognize this.

To aid our members during their travels, we will be using our membership to build up a list of those bars and cocktail lounges around the world which represent the best establishments, with the highest regard to the craft of the cocktail.

Who's on the list, and who's not

Our list is specifically not attempting to list and rate every single bar in the country (or world). Instead it will focus on listing only those bars which could be considered as coming "highly recommended" for a visit by a cocktail enthusiast when they find themselves in the area for a couple of days.

There will be many fine bars which won't be listed here, just because your favorite bar isn't on the list, doesn't mean it is a "bad bar", it just means it doesn't fit the criteria we are trying to establish. Just as a fabulous Reisling shouldn't feel slighted by not being in a list of "Wines that go great with Steak".

Making the grade

There aren't any hard and fast rules which define what it means to be "highly recommended".  But there will be certain things which should be expected of bars which are listed. At their heat, they should be bars which understand that the cocktail is a form of cuisine, one that requires a level of craftsmanship and respect in order to be properly prepared. The bartenders understand their role as being a "chef" of this liquid cuisine, and they take pride in their role. This means using quality ingredients, proper methods, as well as a firm foundational grasp of the classics and the role they play in the modern cocktail scene.

How bars are submitted

Any member of the Chanticleer Society can submit a bar they have personally visited to the list. They will fill out specific details about the bar, which will include information about it's location, its overall style/approach, as well as other specifics which might help somebody better understand what sort of establishment it is. We are also requesting that members don't submit bars which they own, or are otherwise directly associated with.

How the list works

Our main list will list the establishments in a "most recently added" order. To view the listing in a geographically organized manner, we also provide a map view, which will better allow you to see which bars and lounges are near where you will be traveling.

Clicking on a listing will take you to a detail page, where you can see additional information about that particular establishment. Here you can get the contact information, website (if they have one), as well as details and information we hope will help you understand what type of bar or cocktail lounge this is, and if it will suit you particular needs. There will also be a link to a discussion thread where you can post questions about this particular establishment, as well as share your thoughts and experiences.

The Legend

Each entry will include little indicators which provide some quick details which hopefully will allow you to better understand something about what the establishment offers, here is a legend of what each one of these indicators mean:
Style:
It's kind of hard to really encapsulate the "style" of an establishment in a quick thumbnail, but we are making the attempt anyway. The description should provide some more details which may help you better understand what the place is like, but these little indicators should give you a start:
DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
Cost:
Cost can sometimes be a subjective issue, especially when you are traveling. Prices which might be cheap in one town, might be considered pricy in another. This indicator should reflect prices relative to other bars in the area.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
Food:
It is often recommended to be able to have something to eat while you are drinking. So knowing if someplace has food or not will help you know if you may need to grab a quick burger before you go.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
Reservations:
Since you may be new in town, you may not know what the reservation situation may be in some of these joints. It would be terrible to take a taxi clear across town, with anticipation of the wonderful drinks within, only to find out once you got there that you can't get in without a reservation.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
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