The best bars at sea

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT - LOUISE GOLDSBURY

Gas­tropub is not the most palat­able term to use on a cruise ship, nev­er­the­less that’s the of­fi­cial de­scrip­tor for Salty Dog on Emer­ald Princess. Set within the Wheel­house Bar, it’s home of the Ernesto, a juicy burger spiced up with kim­chi, beer-bat­tered jalapenos, gruyere and pork belly. Rated the best burger at sea by Cruise Critic, it lines the stom­ach for my pub crawl that con­tin­ues to the Croon­ers Lounge for a choice of 52 mar­ti­nis and ends at the Outrig­ger, with dreamy views from the ship’s wake to the hori­zon.

Most cruise ships have a nov­elty bar to draw in drinkers (also known as big spenders). One of the best is Celebrity Sol­stice’s ice-topped Mar­tini Bar, where the bar­tenders per­form al­co­holic ac­ro­bat­ics. I once watched a mixol­o­gist join to­gether 18 cock­tail shak­ers con­tain­ing 18 dif­fer­ent drinks and then raise the “snake” above his head and pour them into 18 glasses.

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