We begin this list with what is widely regarded to be the city’s best cocktail bar, Frank Bar inside the upscale Maksoud Plaza hotel, one block from Paulista Avenue. Created as a homage to Frank Sinatra, Frank Bar has a very cool, classy ambience, with vintage decor and live jazz music, but the main attraction are the drinks. Barman Spencer Amereno Jr. has won countless awards for his creations, with a menu that mixes the classics with his own unique cocktails and reinterpretations of traditional drinks.
What sets Frank Bar apart is the care and effort put into producing not only the drinks themselves, but all of the ingredients that go in them. All of their syrups, juices, extracts and bitters are made in-house, under the watchful eye of Spencer himself. For something a little different, try the ‘Drink, Strip and Stay Naked’, made with white rum, martini, mangosteen, lime and a homemade ‘fassionola’ syrup which includes passion fruit, raspberries and Bahia orange extract.