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The World’s Best Airport Bars

Your first thought when you hear that your flight’s been delayed: “There’s got to be a Cinnabon around here somewhere.” Your second thought when you hear that your flight’s been delayed: “Wait, did I say Cinnabon? I meant an unexpectedly magnificent bar. There’s got to be an unexpectedly magnificent bar around here somewhere.”

Good thinking.

Because while an unacceptably disproportionate number of airport bars are dark, soulless places full of jetlagged strangers, bad beer and the occasional bloomin’ onion, not all of them are. So to keep you from having to wander aimlessly from terminal to terminal in search of cocktail nirvana, we’ve uncovered 10 of the best places where you can pull up a stool and settle in with a proper martini during your next layover.

A bar with a Balinese-style swimming pool and hot tub conveniently attached to it. An open-air beer garden where you can sip local lagers with lederhosen-wearing waitresses and a Bavarian polka band. A sleek, private lounge where you can quaff a mixologist-approved cocktail or two before taking a nap. They’re all fair game here.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the... well, the drinking of drinks.

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“A bar with a Balinese-style swimming pool and hot tub conveniently attached to it: fair game here.”

We’ve uncovered 10 of the best places where you can pull up a stool and settle in with a proper martini during your next layover.

Eyecon Bar and Caffe at Copenhagen Airport

A sleek and sexy bar that channels Scandinavian cool with blond wood and slowly shifting lights. And before you ask, yes, they have aquavit.

Look around this den of Italian meats and cheeses. It feels just like a neighborhood enoteca. Even the wine comes from the owner’s private Tuscan vineyard. Nice one, owner.

You know New Belgium. The beer guys. The Fat Tire guys. Well, this is their bar. The walls are adorned with bike parts and the bar has all the award-winning local microbrews you’d ever want. Most of them, anyway.

Houston really could use a charming little airport wine bar with its own cellar stocked with 50 or so vintages. Wait...

This friendly tavern of seasonal pints and comfort food is where you’ll go so your layover doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Seasonal pints are good like that.

An oasis of not-weak cocktails, fresh fish flown in from North Carolina and a 30-foot pine-and-marble bar. Thus concludes a description of the most randomly majestic airport spot ever.

This members-only lounge is where you’ll encounter the results of PDT mixologist Jim Meehan’s wild cocktail-specific tinkerings. And then drink them.

The O2 Bar & Spa at McCarran International Airport

Finally, you’ve got a bar with massage tables and oxygen masks to help you feel like a million bucks before you board. We mentioned this was in Vegas, right?

Drafts, spaetzel, dancing Bavarian oompah bands... it’s like a perennial Oktoberfest in this sunbathed beer garden sandwiched between two terminals. BYO lederhosen.

Do what you do when you find a jacuzzi-equipped pool on top of a Changi Airport terminal: backstroke to the bar and get yourself a Singapore Sling.

 

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