Big 7 Media’s list of its 50 best cocktail bars on the continent was topped by Dogma in Antwerp, Belgium, followed by Pharmarium in the Swedish capital Stockholm, then Cash Only in the Czech Republic capital, Prague. The media site said the top 50 present world-class mixologists and spectacularly plush decor and drinks to take your breath away.

It said that while beer accounts for a large percentage (37%) of alcohol sold across Europe, spirits are close behind, with 25% of the market share. Europe’s cocktail industry was booming, with creative bartenders behind some of the continent’s most exciting speakeasies and classic cocktail lounges.

With social media playing a huge part in food and drinks trends (a search for "cocktail" on Instagram returns more than 10.7 million hashtags), bars were going above and beyond to have cocktails that tasted as good as they looked, with a stylish interior to match.


25th. Tweed Bar – Stockholm, Sweden
24th. Fragrances – Berlin, Germany
23rd. Disrepute – London, United Kingdom
22nd. Life is Beautiful – Brussels, Belgium
21st. Bisou- Paris, France
20th. Peruke & Periwig – Dublin, Ireland
19th. Blue Fox The Bar at the Kempinski – Budapest, Hungary
18th. Goldfish – Helsinki, Finland
17th. Black Magic – Riga, Lativa
16th. Black Angel’s Bar – Prague, Czech Republic
15th. The Blind Pig – Dublin, Ireland
14th. Brønnum – Copenhagen, Denmark
13th. Red Frog – Lisbon, Portugal
12th. Notthingham Forest – Milan, Italy
11th. Cravan – Paris, France
10th. Motto – Vienna, Austria
9th. La Confiteria – Barcelona, Spain
8th. Door 74 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
7th. Rum Trader – Berlin, Germany
6th. Heads & Tales – Scotland, United Kingdom
5th. Dry - San Sebastián, Spain
4th. Cocktail Trading Company – London, United Kingdom
3rd. Cash Only – Prague, Czech Republic
2nd. Pharmarium – Stockholm, Sweden
1st. Dogma – Antwerp, Belgium

How did Big 7 decide?

  • Finalists were selected from each country of the European Union (which yes, still includes the United Kingdom)
  • Each country has at least one entry; some have more than one entry if high quality
  • Votes were cast in a poll of Big 7 readers, across its 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
  • Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating

Forbrief descriptions of all 50 cocktail bars see

Blue Fox The Bar, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Erzsébet tér 7., Budapest 1051
Open Monday - Sunday, 6pm - 2am
Reservation: (+36-1) 429-4499

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