If you’re at one of the world’s best hotels bars, your classic cocktail will always be good.
Depending on the occasion, the hotel bar is the place for an after-hours meeting or a celebratory toast. It’s the one place in a foreign city where you can feel like you belong or accomplish work at any hour without feeling like you’re working.
What makes a superb hotel bar is a place where the bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly, where the bar is frequented by locals (a sure sign of quality), but where you won’t find strobe lights or novelty drinks with glowing straws. The hotel bar is an oasis, a place where the only worry is what to order. These welcoming spots are destinations in their own right, offering memorable combinations of sublime cocktails, lovely views, and storied pasts.
The next time you’re out of town, may we suggest these five fabulous hotel bars.
Hemingway Bar, Paris
Happiness! Oh, should I say more? Bar Hemingway is my liquor-ravaged liver’s favorite place in the world!
Part of drinking in Paris is getting to know the history of the bar scene. The bartenders at Hemingway are among the most charming in the world. Ladies are especially well attended to at the bar (as a token of the past, they receive a flower with each cocktail). While they excel at gin-based drinks, I encourage you to see what they can do with bourbon and whiskey (ooh, order a “Whiskey Cobra”!).
15 Place Vendôme
+33 14 31 63 030
Rock Bar, Bali
The Rock Bar is located at Ayana Resort & Spa which was the former Ritz Carlton at Jimbaran. To access to the bar, guests have to board and inclinator which could only take 4 guests at a time going down and 3 guests at a time when coming up. There is only one inclinator down to the Rock Bar which was perched on the cliffs, hence the long queue. I would definitely say it’s worth the wait.
Ayana Resort & Spa Bali
Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera
Bali 80364, Indonesia
Open Daily 24 Hours
Redwood Room, San Francisco
Lovely, lovely! A classy bar with fabulous decor – barmen who are knowledgeable and friendly and mix a mean cocktail – what’s not to like? I have to say the cocktails are probably on my list of the best of SF…they are simply perfectly put together. Good ingredients, a perfect counterbalance of flavors, and enough gentle punch to get you going, without compromising on taste. One of my favorites. One point though – it gets crowded, and it’s definitely a place to sit and savor your bevvie of choice, which can become challenging when seating is all occupied by the bottoms of SF’s pretty people. Aaah nevermind, if you wait awhile, there’s usually a nook you can squeeze into, and it’s worth a little wait!
Overall: Still a cool spot after being open more than 100 years.
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
K Bar, Mykonos
Candles flicker, crickets chirp and the Aegean Sea laps lazily on the shore of the pebble beach. If you end up taking a Greek holiday then at the end of the day you simply have to be sitting in this exact spot: the K Bar of the Kivotos Hotel. ‘Kivotos’ translates as ‘ark’ and in this spot one does indeed feel saved. Since 1993 this 5-Star establishment has indeed lived up to its name as a luxury haven and boasts such special features as the 25 ft. yacht, “The Prince of Neufchatel” or the tranquil pool with underwater music. In K Bar you’ll find caviar from Iran and cigars from Cuba – or simply just an ice-cold Retsina.
Tel: +30 22 89 02 40 94
Star Lounge, New York
A lovely intimate private lounge underneath Chelsea Hotel. This place doesn’t have any promoters, so be ready never get inside unless you happen to get an invitation from people who are hanging out here a lot.
Great to see people and to be seen, very nice and good-looking crowd, though the interior design could be a bit more expensive. The karaoke nights during the week are always fun.
The Ritz-Carlton New York
Central Park, 50 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019, USA
Tel.: +1-212-521 61 25
open daily: 11 am – 12 am