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  • Words by Ms Sophie Dening

An Old-Fashioned is forever, but wine bars are making a big comeback just now, reinvented by sommeliers with a taste for freshness and acidity, and a belief that great wine needn't be elitist in a dull way. In London, check out relaxed newcomers such as Sager + Wilde, The Quality Chop House bar and Bubbledogs; Paris has Vivant Cave, Frenchie Bar à Vins and Bones bar; Gaston is the new-generation oenophile hang-out in Stockholm.

In New York, good times revolve around clever, playful chefs - Mr Daniel Burns at Tørst, Mr Ignacio Mattos at Estela, Mr Fredrik Berselius at Aska - and a nightlife scene harking back to the time of speakeasies (The Raines Law Room, PDT) or, at new, fashiony Bar Naná, the Second Empire. Sydney's new favourites include brasserie Vincent, and bonkers pop-up Café Paci. Peruvian food continues to conquer the culinary world, not least in Lima itself, where IK is one of the hottest recent openings. From fine Burgundy in east London to Finnish tacos in Darlinghurst, here's where to eat, drink and be merry this winter.