From cocktails served in skulls to well-made old fashions, these hotel bars are taking a fresh approach to world-class mixology. So take a seat, relax and have a look at our selection of the best hotel bars around the world. Watch this space as we will be adding to our list and if you think that we’ve missed one, just let us know in the comments box below.
The Peninsula Hong Kong: Salon De Ning
From adventuring in wind-swept deserts, flying Zeppelins and dancing the Charleston, Madame Ning’s done it all, and the art deco boudoir of the Salon De Ning does a great job of showcasing every aspect of her well lived fictional life. Using the colorful character as an excuse for unabashed creativity, designer David Tang has transformed the basement of the Peninsula Hong Kong into one of the most playful, yet classy watering holes in a city already not shy of exuberant designs. When you’re there, make it a point to try the Ning Sling, a lychee and mint based cocktail as playful and colorful as its namesake, and if you do see Madame Ning, say hi for us.
The Savoy Hotel London: Beaufort Bar
Many moaned at the delays of the Savoy’s renovation, and when the hotel was finally unveiled to guests after three long years, the general consensus was that it was well worth the wait, due in no small part, to the stunning Beaufort Bar.
The gold leaf clad interiors give an air of exclusivity and sleekness that other up market watering holes struggle to achieve. And, it may even be giving the Savoy’s very own American Bar a run for its money.
The Beaufort seems to be a magnet for corporate types and well to do young couples and the bar’s attentive and efficient service is designed to keep them in its midst for hours on end… and the drinks are lip smacking good too.
Make the most of the large Champagne selection by trying out some of their well made Champagne cocktails, the most impressive of which is The Impressionist, a rose cordial and violet liqueur masterpiece which comes with a bouquet of flowers designed to evoke the scent of a classic English garden.
Gramercy Park Hotel: Rose Bar
With Basquiat and Damien Hirst artwork on the walls and furniture courtesy of the Oscar nominated Julian Schnabel, you would expect the Rose Bar to be one of the most exclusive venues in the Big Apple and you’d be spot on.
The kind of place where the city’s trendsetters and A Listers go to shoot the breeze. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink by the fire or live music and DJ’s, this artsy and chic bar delivers and is THE place to see and be seen in New York. The drinks here are contemporary, for lack of a better word, and the staff put as much work into their antics as their recipes. The pineapple and ginger margarita is a must and their selection of aged scotch whiskies is the perfect accompaniment to the live jazz sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Be sure to book in advance and come in before 9.00 pm to avoid any hassle at the door.
The NoMad Hotel: The Elephant Bar
There’s a sense of power that emanates from the Elephant bar. Something primal and decidedly masculine which even makes sipping on a pink martini feel like the most macho activity in the world. But though it all looks super sleek and sexy, the atmosphere is friendly and the crowd upbeat. The mixologists are seriously good at what they do and the food is nothing to frown about. If you’ve never tried it before, New York’s ever growing micro brewing scene is well represented here with a good selection of ales and brews to try out. As for the cocktails, the powerful “Satan’s Circus” made of Rhy whisky, chili infused Aperol and cherry and lemon liqueur, is a must.
The Langham London: Artesian
With stunning good looks and novelty cocktails served in skulls and in other innovative ways, the Artesian, is the place to go to if you want to impress and be impressed. Blessed with numerous accolades over the years, this bar regularly ranks among the best in the world and it’s easy to see why. Head Barman Alex Kratena presents an innovative cocktail list and puts as much effort into cocktail presentation as in the actual drinks themselves. Unafraid to use Slushie machines, panda lanterns and memento mori’s to conjure their creations, Kratena and his staff are bringing a gale of fresh air into the scene and the world’s definitely taken notice.