Most cruise ships are outfitted with plenty of spots to grab a drink. Some ships, however, have cocktail bars that are a little more impressive than others. Here are the five best cocktail bars on the high seas.
Alchemy Bar (Carnival)
The Alchemy Bar can be found on about a dozen Carnival ships, including the Carnival Spirit, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Conquest. This creative bar has a pharmacy theme. The bartenders in wear white lab coats might give that away. Keeping with the pharmaceutical theme, bartenders will write you a prescription for a drink. Many of the Alchemy Bar’s drinks are made with juices and herbs. They’re a little out of the box (think elderflower liqueur and chipotle pineapple), so prepare to try something new. Non-alcoholic drinks are also on the menu.
R Bar (Royal Caribbean)
Described by Royal Caribbean’s website as “distinct, sophisticated and retro,” the R Bar serves classic cocktails from the 1960s. The drinks — a classic martini, the tequila-based Primavera or a champagne-based drink — are hand-crafted and made from scratch. On most ships, the R Bar is located in the Centrum, so you’re right in the center of everything and can enjoy a show or performance as you sit at the bar. The R Bar is fairly inexpensive ($12 to $14 per drink). You can find it on Brilliance of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Season, Serenade of the Season, Vision of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.
SVEDKA and Inniskillin Ice Bar (Norwegian)
Available on the Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway, you’ll be given a parka before you can enter this chilly bar. SVEDKA vodka and Inniskillin ice wine take center stage thanks to Norwegian’s partnership with SVEDKA. The glasses, bar and stools are made of ice, and simulations of the northern lights dance across the walls as you drink.
Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar (Disney)
If you’re taking a cruise on the Disney Dream soon, stop by the Disney Pink bar for an elderberry cocktail. This adults-only bar is designed to look like the inside of a champagne bottle and is entirely pink, from the chairs to the glasses (look for Dumbo dancing on the walls). Pink serves champagne cocktails and sparkling wines. One of the bar’s most popular specialty drinks is the Tropicale — champagne with mango puree and maraschino liqueur.
RedFrog Pub (Carnival)
“The RedFrog Pub is a ‘Floribbean’ inspired pub with live music, Caribbean cuisine and a laid-back island vibe,” Travel Pulse says. Try a tropical cocktail such as the Caribbean colada, which has dark rum, vanilla rum, banana, coconut and pineapple. All ages are allowed inside and Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic have a food menu in addition to drinks. Take advantage of the foosball table and enjoy some live music as you head to the Caribbean. Cheers!