Adults Only is an upscale dive bar located in the corner of a Hollywood strip mall on Sunset and La Brea. Look for a neon pink light, and don’t be surprised when you find yourself surrounded by skin flicks: The bar’s entrance is made to resemble the adult section of a fake Hollywood video store, with a wide selection of VHS tapes and movie posters.
Walk through the entrance and you’ll arrive in the bar, where hanging cathedral lamps and reupholstered church pews catch the eye. Films are projected inside as well, where there’s dancing late into the night and drinks that range from spicy mezcal margaritas to stone fruit mojitos.
Take a step back in time at Foxglove, in Hong Kong, which harkens back to the glory days of travel. The space is designed to evoke the luxury of first class plane and train cabins of the past, and a VIP room features dark red seats and custom lights resembling vintage car headlamps.
To get here, though, you’ll first enter into what appears to be an upscale umbrella shop, with one of the meticulously carved silver umbrella handles holding the key to the entrance. Push on the handle, and a door will open to let you in. Once inside, make sure to keep your eye out for a floral painting on the wall. Put your hand on it, and another door will open to let you into a secret room where a library-style setting offers emerald seats and bookshelves that line the walls and ceiling.
Drinks on the menu include intriguing selections like The Northside, made with mint-infused Citadelle gin, raspberries, ginger, lemon, sugar, and seltzer. You’ll also find a seasonal menu of bites that range from caviar and sea urchin to braised beef cheeks.
Finding the front section of London’s Callooh Callay, which has a Victorian feel with its plush lounge seating and exposed brick walls, isn’t tricky, but it’s what lies beyond that you’ll want to explore. Guests can access a second bar through a Narnia-style wardrobe closet, and another, third bar, awaits visitors up a set of stairs.
Drinks here range from the Miltomate — Ketel One vodka, grene tomato, tomatillo, apple acid, and orange bitters — to the Swallowtail, made with Tanqueray gin, Amontillado sherry, Butterfly sorrel, hazelnut orgeat, blackberry, anise, and lemon.
The secret entrance to this bar in Moscow is inside a noodle shop called Lucky Noodles. A curtain takes you downstairs into the expansive bar, where a brick vaulted ceiling and multiple nooks offer an unexpected escape.
Mixologists here specialize in absinthe, and drinks come with displays that can be as elaborate as the ingredients themselves. You’ll find DJs playing here late at night, while live piano and jazz concerts are also a regular weekday occurrence.
If you’re looking for a groovy time in Berlin, keep your eyes peeled for the Green Door, which sits behind an unnamed green door in Schöneberg. Ring the doorbell and you’ll be escorted inside, where the 1970s theme includes plaid wallpapers, pincushion couches, and eclectic telephone lamps.
At Local Edition, drinkers are invited to learn of San Francisco’s rich history through newspaper clippings lining the walls. The bar is located within the old printing room of The Examiner, in the historic Hearst building. Vintage paper presses and typewriters line the space, while drinks like the Ava Gardner — jasmine tea infused vodka, coconut milk, lemon, ginger, bitters, and basil — pack a vintage punch.
You might easily walk past Panda and Sons, which is disguised as an old-school barber shop on Queen Street, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The entrance to the bar is behind a fake bookcase that opens once you pull down on a book. Drinks are playful, like the Tiki Takeaway, made with Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum, almond syrup, soy sauce, lime juice, and bitter lemon, and served in a Chinese takeout box.
To find Operation Dagger in Singapore, keep you eye out for the unmarked entrance and set of stairs located behind an Oxwell & Co that will lead you down to the basement. House-made meads and house-infused spirits are a specialty here, and can be sampled in drinks like the Chocolate Mint, which is made with cold brew cacao, mescal, house-made mint Amara, and distilled mint ice.
This bar in Rome is hidden behind an unassuming door at the Premiata Panineria al Pigneto sandwich shop. The door leads to a casino-themed bar where drinks are served off of blackjack and roulette tables. Visitors are invited to trade their winning chips in for drinks with unexpected ingredients like Kaffir lime oil and bacon- and fig-infused Laphroaig.
The Ipswitch is located inside Bourbon and Branch, in San Francisco, and is accessed through a trap door in the floor of the bar. The two-seater bar used to be an operating speakeasy during the Prohibition era.
This hidden bar is located inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club and has been a feature of the private club since it began operating back in 1912. It was originally a drinking spot for the Uplifters Club, a private group consisting of everyone from Walt Disney to Will Rogers and Clark Gabel. The bar is open to hotel guests or to members, though they also host public tasting events.
Once inside, you’ll find a combination of modern American and British décor, with bowler hats and old tennis racquets lining the walls.
To find this cozy space, you’ll need to enter the Neighborhood restaurant in San Diego’s Gaslamp district. In the back of the restaurant, near the restrooms, there’s a door that hides the entrance to Noble Experiment. Push on the right side of the door and enter the bar with plush furnishings and walls lined with golden skulls.
Tausend, in Berlin, sits behind an unmarked door underneath of the Friedrichstrasse train station. An iron door under the train underpass leads to the space lined with glass walls and 3D-art installations.
Meaning “backroom” in Spanish, La Trastienda sits in the back of a shop that sells wine, cheese, and ham, in Granada, Spain. The space was originally a grocery store dating back to 1836, until the owner, Fernando Miranda, decided to add local wines and ham dishes for customers waiting in line.
The entrance to The Washhouse, which is disguised as a laundromat in Manchester, England, is through a passageway that resembles a giant washing machine. Leather seating and mood lighting set a relaxing tone, while those with a sweet tooth will find cocktails that come topped with everything from cakes and Wizz Fizz to lollipops and miniature ice cream cone desserts.