Choosing the city’s best bar was no easy task. Nevertheless, we plumped for Buddha Bar, not least due to the gobsmacking design of the place. Through the imposing front doors and into the massive multi-level interior, Buddha Bar doesn’t so much ooze style as scream it from the rafters (in a sophisticated way, of course). Taking its cue from the original branch in Paris, red chandeliers sway above a gigantic statue of Buddha, and the dimly lit interior is all plush carpets and private coves.

On any given evening, groups of well-heeled patrons pack the bar area, paying credit-busting prices for fancy cocktails and expensive champagnes. This brash, over-the-top concept is something that you’ll either love or hate, but there’s certainly nothing else like it in town, and for that we applaud its rather blatant audacity.