For those who like to imbibe inventive cocktails without fighting a big crowd, these discreet bars and lounges fit the bill.
Circle by Cihan Anadologlu
Circle by Cihan Anadologlu, Munich
Opened in early 2016 by the former head bartender of Munich’s famed Schumann's, this gorgeous member-only lounge has a small, cockpit-like bar as its focus. Many of the drinks are served with elaborate presentations, such as Earth, which is infused with a garden of shitake mushrooms and truffles. Classic cocktails are also updated with unexpected ingredients, like fermented herbs in the house Grasshopper. Despite the whiz-bang production of the beverages, the mellow lighting and soft seating are designed for casual comfort akin to a living room—one that just happens to have a great bar in it. 2A Lenbachplatz; 49-17/3170-2612; thecircle.bar.