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  • 5 secret bars in the world and how to find them

    The whole point of opening a business is to get as many customers as possible and make profit, or at least that’s how things usually work everywhere in the world. But there are some businesses that are not interested in catering to very Tom, Dick and Harry, and prefer to build a rather more exclusive customer base – like a country club, for example.

    Another way is to keep the business hidden so that only the initiated can find you – this is how some of the most interesting bars in the world work. You’d have to look in the most unlikely p;laces to find them, and the chances of bumping into them by sheer luck are rather slim. But if you want to drink where few people drank before, here are 5 secret bars in the world and how to find them – just don’t tell anyone!

    PDT, New York, USA

    It’s easy to be hidden away in the urban jungle that is New York City, where there are more bars than you can count. But PDT, whose name stands for Please Don’t Tell, takes the secrecy part to an extreme. You can only get into this cocktail bar if you call an entryphone at the nearby Crif Dogs stall. This laid back and tiny bar is not a fancy affair – you can get a stiff cocktails and wash down some burgers and fries from Crif Dogs.

    The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, London, UK

    The Breakfast Club is a popular restaurant for Londoners to grab some food, with several locations in the city, but the Spitalfield restaurant has a secret. Tell your waiter that you’re there to see the mayor, and you’ll be lead through a door masked as an old fridge, to an underground bar. Th Mayor serves interesting cocktails plus chili fries and other unpretentious edibles, all in a punk-inspired decor.

    Soju Bar, Berlin, Germany

    If you want some nice Korean takeaway, then you should pop by the Angry Angry Chicken, but don’t leave yet: the best barbecued chicken restaurant in Berlin is only a facade for one of the most delightful little bars you’ve ever seen. The Soju Bar’s entrance is through a door at the back of the restaurant, and since there is no mark on it, few people know about the bar. And if the dark little bar seems intriguing, wait until you get to the washroom – there’s an actual karaoke machine in one of the stalls!

    Croft Institute, Melbourne, Australia

    Croft Institute is not really hidden, it is just hard to find. It is nestled in a maze of alleys in Melbourne’s Chinatown, and besides, it’s doesn’t really try to advertise itself. But the Croft Institute is something entirely different from the run of the mill bars that populate the area. The drinks are arranged on shelves next to test tubes and glass containers that would belong in a laboratory, and the house-brewed vodka is obviously the creation of a talented chemist.

    Tintoreria Dontell, Barcelona, Spain

    By all appearances, Tintoreria Dontell is nothing but a dry cleaner’s, but you’ll notice that it has a strange name, and it isn’t a coincidence at all. This mundane cleaner’s back door hides a hip and buzzing little restaurant where you can have some delicious Mediterranean dishes. Although cocktails are available,  Dontell is mostly a restaurant on weekdays, but on weekends it turns into an great little cocktail bar.

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