If You Drink Bloody Marys: New York City, NY
The Bloody Mary was invented at the King Cole Bar in NYC’s St. Regis hotel in 1934 (back then, it was made with gin and called the Red Snapper, as the luxury hotel deemed Bloody Mary too vulgar). While you can still order the classic at this classy establishment, New York is also the brunch capital of the world and has tons of other options to get your spicy tomato fix. With bottomless brunch spots in practically every neighborhood, you could tour the city with a Bloody in hand.
If You Drink Martinis: San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is, arguably, the best place to dine in the world. Such a sophisticated culinary scene deserves a cocktail equally as elegant, like the Martini. While the cocktail’s origin is the subject of much debate (some say is was invented in San Fran, others in New York), you’re bound to find a treasure trove of the delicious version you crave. Not to mention, legendary Haight-Ashbury mainstay Aub Zam Zam has been serving up some of the best Martinis in the city (and country) since 1941.
If this one seems obvious, well, it is! The art of the Japanese Highball is intricate, even if you’re used to simply dumping the ingredients in a glass and calling it a day. When you visit Tokyo, you can see the best of both worlds. Pop into an izakaya with the after work salaryman crowd as they pound back Highball after Highball. Afterwards, find a high-end bar to watch precise Japanese bartending on display.
If You Drink Gin & Tonics: London, England
Londoners love their gin, especially when it’s mixed with bubbly, bittersweet tonic. You couldn’t hit all the city’s gin bars in a single trip, even if you dedicated all your time to finding the perfect G&T. We suggest pulling up a stool to the Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room, which boasts London’s largest collection of gins (more than 500) and 30 tonics. Also not to be missed: GinTonica, located on the second floor of Portobello Road’s The Distillery.
If You Drink Bellinis: Venice, Italy
This peachy brunch drink was invented in 1948 at Harry’s Bar in Venice by Giuseppe Cipriani. A take on the classic Mimosa, peach juice isn’t as easy to come by as orange juice, which makes this libation just slightly obscure—kind of like Venice itself. Italians love their low-ABV spritzes, which makes a trip to this leisurely canal town perfect if you like to casually sip al fresco all day long.
If You Drink Pisco Sours: Lima, Peru
Pisco is on the rise in America. And while you can get great variations of this classic cocktail in bars around the country, a trip to Lima is in order if you’re a true fan of the drink. With a burgeoning culinary scene that’s considered one of the best in the world, cocktailians will feel right at home in this South American city. When you’re done exploring the high-end bars of the city center, wander down to the beach and enjoy a Pisco Sour on the sand.