Hidden bars of the world – how to be the first to experience all the best

Month-long trip takes clients on a tipple tour of so-called secret bars around the world, including Hong Kong’s Foxglove, 001, Stockton and J. Boroski

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 October, 2016, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 October, 2016, 1:19pm

Are you one of those people who avoids the well-trodden path? If so, VeryFirstTo.com could be for you. The British-based company is all about exclusivity, providing you-are-the-first experiences to clients.

Whether it’s being the first to get a luxury product or a crazy trip, the firm’s focus is providing never-done-before experiences (past services include a two-year, £1 million holiday visiting every Unesco World Heritage site; the world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter bunny; a trip to the world’s most famous film locations; and the first Arctic-to-Antarctic trip on a private jet).

Four of the best hidden Hong Kong bars and their clever facades

The latest addition is a hop, skip and stagger tour of the world’s most alluring secret bars, known for their speakeasies or eccentric decor.

Starting in London, the one-month trip takes clients to 10 cities including LA, Amsterdam, Singapore, Melbourne and Hong Kong (the bars are Foxglove, 001, Stockton and J. Boroski), with guests staying in high-end hotels (Raffles in Singapore, The Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, Four Seasons in London and Geneva, for example).

It’s priced per couple and includes air travel, airport transfers, limousines, guides and hotels. It even includes two cocktail classes. While away, participants will get a bar installed in their home courtesy of British furniture company Timothy Oulton.

The itinerary also includes a meet-up with bar expert and author Christine Sismondo (you also get a copy of her book America Walks Into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops); live music performances and cocktail-making classes from the world’s top mixologists.

If you’ve ever wanted to select from 360 whiskies at Sydney’s Baxter Inn or relax in members-only Blue Room in Los Angeles, which welcomed stars of the silver screen including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin, then this is for you.