10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
July 15, 2011
Vino Volo, multiple locations
You can find this outposts of this wine bar — one of the first upscale airport wine bars to hit the states — in a few different airports but the one in Oakland is a favorite. Here you can order a themed wine flight (as it were) of two to three glasses, including a ‘Sommelier Series’ showcasing top-of-the-line wines. Pair wines with a variety of small plates, artisan cheeses, and dry-cured meats from the food menu.
Eyecon, Copenhagen Airport
Great Danish beers? Check. A couple rounds of aquavit, the potent favorite national drink? Check. A selection of tasty Scandinavian small plates? Check. Yeah, we're not sure who wouldn't want to get stuck in Copenhagen's airport for a few hours.
Frescobaldi Wine Bar, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Rome)
No reheated Sbarro pizzas or calzones here. When in Rome, drink wine as the Romans do. Located in three terminals of the Leonardo Di Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Frescobaldi Wine Bar boasts an impressive wine list that would make any oenophile happy to hang out.
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Portland International Airport
You expect to drink great beer in Portland so why not expect to drink great beer at Portland's airport? Forget a flight delays, considering that Laurelwood has been lauded for its fantastic microbrews, you might want to get to the airport early just to make sure you have time to sample enough.
One Flew South, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Atlanta)
Walking into One Flew South is like walking out of the airport and into the woods. That might have something to so with the enormous forest mural they have spanning one side of the restaurant bar. Their southern-inspired cocktails and award-winning wine list speak for themselves and will be thoroughly enjoyed during a delay or layover.
The Center Bar, Zurich International Airport
Given the boom in upscale airport bars and restaurant, it seems only natural that this year witnessed the first inaugural Airport Food and Beverage Awards. Center Bar in Zurich took home the prize for ‘Best Airport Bar’ so not surprisingly it makes our list as well. Stretching from one side of their departure terminal to the other, everyone waiting for their flight can enjoy the libations together.
Jet's Bar, Belize City International Airport
Sure it's the only bar in the place, but at least it treats its patrons with care. Mr. Jet, the owner, will set up a call from your departure get to make sure you don't miss your flight.
Harry's Bar and Pool Bar at SIN, Singapore Changi Airport
At Singapore Changi Airport there are not one but two terminals you'd be happy to get stuck in. In Terminal 1 you've got the Pool Bar at SIN, where you can take a dip, sip a cocktail, and watch flights take off. And in Terminal 3 you'll find Harry's Bar, a rooftop outpost of the city's popular bar.
Le Grand Comptoir, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
Most would probably not peg Houston as being an airport wine bar destination, but this sleek spot has been impressing since it debuted a few years ago in Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Peruse and sample from the 80 styles of wine by the glass while you wait to take off.
New Belgium Hub, Denver International Airport
If you've got a few hours to kill in the Denver airport (and don't mind the hike to the end of Terminal B) your destination should be clear and obvious. The brewery's airport outpost is a haven for beer drinkers, with a selection of all the brand favorites on the offer.