Our 15 Favorite Hotel Bars In The World

There’s an unmistakable thrill attached to the hotel bar. Charging creative cocktails (sans plastic!) to what you hope is the right room; flirting with sojourners from exotic locations just steps outside your hotel room; sipping freely, knowing your commute home is only an elevator ride away. Add in the fact that the majority of the world’s most classic cocktails were created at hotel bars — so the odds of getting an exceptional drink are definitely in your favor — and the allure is sealed.
While neighborhood and restaurant bars are ruled by the masses they attract, the beauty of the hotel bar is that the crowd changes every night depending on who is in town (or who isn’t), so the decor and drink menu remain the sole dictators of the scene. On any given night, you’re just as likely to be lounging on a crushed-velvet chaise next to a campaigning politician or bellying up to an oversized, reclaimed-wood bar near a struggling musician.
Plus, hotel bars can offer an escape into a deliciously draped world of intriguing personalities and seductive swills — and they're a great way to experience a very fancy hotel for (relatively) cheap, even if you're staying across town at a hostel. But, obviously, you need not waste your time at any subpar spots. That's why we did a whole lot of sipping all over the globe (tough work, but someone's gotta do it) — in the interest of hooking you up. And, the guide ahead — featuring everything from decadently decorated French salons and swanky lounges to hip, Chicago-style speakeasies and cozy chalets — showcases the best of the best. Now, go ahead, book a flight, and drink up.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Singapore.
City Space at Swissôtel The Stamford

At City Space, the word fresh is taken incredibly literally. The bar boasts some of the most insanely creative (and delicious) cocktails around. Who knew caviar, Tiger beer, and cinnamon tasted so great with lychee liqueur?

Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore; 65-6837 33228.
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Photo: Courtesy of B2 Boutique Hotel.
The Library Lounge at the B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa
Zurich, Switzerland

Converted from the old 1836 Hürlimann Brewery building — once considered the largest brewery in Switzerland — this boutique hotel truly has booze flowing through its veins. The bar at the hotel is set in the center of the action beneath two massive chandeliers made from vintage beer bottles, and it also features a far-from-bookish atmosphere despite the more than 33,000 tomes lining the arched, 11-meter high walls.

B2 Boutique Hotel, Brandschenkestrasse 152, Zürich, Switzerland; 41-44-567-67-67.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Carlyle.
Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, A Rosemont Hotel
New York, New York

Named after the man behind the Madeline books, the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle is all at once classic and magical, just like the story lines painted on the walls of this Art Deco gathering space. During the day, the bar is known for its afternoon tea for families, but the only brew being served after hours is the bar’s signature Earl Grey martini. Try. It.

The Carlyle, 35 E. 76th Street (at Madison Avenue), New York, N.Y.; 212-744-1600.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière.
L'Escadrille Bar at Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière
Paris, France

Arguably one of the most iconic and classic bars in Paris, the Bar de l’Escadrille is set along the Champs-Élysées and has been visited by politicians, actors, aristocrats, and military giants since the early 1900s. When you walk in, you just feel like a part of French society — and that’s before soaking up a little France with the bar’s signature “Triangle d’Or.”

Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière, 46 Avenue George V, Paris, France; 33-1-40-69-60-00.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Arlington Hotel.
The Lobby Bar at The Arlington Hotel
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Although it may seem like a random location for a killer bar scene, the town of Hot Springs was once the favorite neutral zone for Chicago mobsters like Al Capone. And, the space hasn’t changed too much since those days. In fact, it’s this bar’s sense of random that put it on our list. You’ll see everything here: college guys drinking beers at the pub tables, ladies dressed in derby dresses and hats sipping craft cocktails in the center pavilion, or couples struggling to jitterbug to the live big-band music played amidst walls of jungle murals and dulled, yellow paint.

The Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, A.R.; 501-623-7771.
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Photo: Courtesy of ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi.
ICEBAR at the ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi 
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Part of the draw of this cool spot is that, just like the hotel it’s associated with, every year is different thanks to the new designers chosen each season. Established in 1994, this is the original ICEBAR, and it's definitely a bucket-list-worthy experience to sip a glass of Champagne from a glass made entirely out of the frozen stuff. Meeting people here is a breeze since everyone will be huddling together on the dance floor to stay warm.

ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi, Marknadsvägen 63, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden; 46-980-668-00.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Thief Hotel.
Rooftop Wine and Champagne Bar at The Thief Hotel 
Oslo, Norway

Like the name suggests, the bar at The Thief Hotel definitely robs you of your inhibitions. Only open during the summer season, the Rooftop Wine and Champagne Bar at The Thief is an amazing spot to sip sparkling wine (the tables are designed for chilling Champagne!) while overlooking the Tjuvholmen. During the winter, the bar at Fru K indoors is just as nice, but there’s something spectacular about whiling away your time on the rooftop of an outlaw hotel.

The Thief Hotel, Landgangen 1, Oslo, Norway; 47-24-00-40-00.
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Photo: Courtesy of La Maison Arabe.
The Piano Bar at La Maison Arabe
Marrakech, Morocco

Set inside the first-ever riad in Marrakech, this bar truly has an old-world Moroccan charm to it. From the piano player to the hospitable bartenders to the leather-laden walls, everything in this romantic, colonial space makes you feel like you’re in a private club in the 1930s. The chilled-out vibe and ample lounge seating make it a great setting for meeting people. And, make sure you try the marinated olives — they’re famous for them.

La Maison Arabe, 1, Derb Assehbé Bab Doukkala Marrakech Médina, Marrakech, Morocco; 212-5243-87010.
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Photo: Courtesy of the W Dallas Hotel.
The Living Room Bar at the W Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas

Sure, this hotel/bar recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. Yep, the couches and lounge chairs are super huge and super cool, but our favorite aspect of this drinking spot? It’s located right across the street from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and it's the best place for scoping out celebrities (sports, music, movie stars etc.). Other great details? The cocktails are never watered down, a live DJ keeps the scene alive, and there are really fun, swing-y chairs right outside the bar.

W Dallas Hotel, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, T.X.; 214-397-4100.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Lebua.
Sky Bar at the Lebua at State Tower
Bangkok, Thailand

Anyone with vertigo or even the slightest fear of heights may not agree, but this must-visit easily stands above the rest in the hotel-bar scene. Aside from being ranked the highest alfresco restaurant in the world, the Sky Bar’s elevated perch overlooking almost everything in the city can only be matched by the vintage glamour of the space and gorgeous cocktails. It's become famous for its Hangovertini, the cocktail mixologist Ron Ramirez created for the cast members of The Hangover Part II while they were filming in Lebua.

The Lebua, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand; 66-2624-9999.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Miraflores Park Hotel.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Bar at the Miraflores Park Hotel
Lima, Peru

This bar is a hidden gem. Not only is the dimly lit space awesome for celebrity spotting, but it also makes some of the best pisco cocktails in the city. Living-room-style furniture (that is, leather sofas, coffee tables, portable seating, etc.) makes this a great location for mingling with the various locals and guests this bar attracts. Make sure to try one of the barman’s signature drinks, the Ardiente Pasión or the Secret of Dr. Jekyll.

The Miraflores Park Hotel, Malecón de la Reserva 1035, Lima, Peru; 1-800-237-1236.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Mamilla Hotel.
Rooftop Bar at the Mamilla Hotel

The Rooftop Bar at the Mamilla Hotel has one of Jerusalem's best views, where you can see the entire old city lit up at night. It’s one of the few spots where you can get a fully kosher cocktail while watching the City of David's nightly light show. L’chaim!

Mamilla Hotel, 11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem, Israel; 1-888-665-338.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Stanley Hotel.
Cascades Whiskey Bar at the Stanley Hotel 
Estes Park, Colorado

There are at least three things you have to do when you visit the Whiskey Bar at the Stanley Hotel. First, put out a Lloyd Christmas vibe (the bar/hotel was used in the filming of Jim Carrey’s Dumb & Dumber). Second, keep an eye out for ghosts or other creepy happenings (Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining after staying at this inn for one night). And, third, get a glass (or three) of whiskey. This hotel boasts more than 580 types of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch.

The Stanley Hotel, 333 E. Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, C.O.; 970-577-4000.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Montage.
Vista Lounge and Terrace at The Montage
Deer Valley, Utah

Even though Utah doesn’t have a reputation for its stout pours, the bar at The Montage in Deer Valley makes a strong statement with its massive bar space and cozy fireside lounge. Live music keeps the atmosphere roaring, while the comfy furniture calls for conversation with new friends over handcrafted cocktails or a little après of fondue and charcuterie following a long day on the slopes.

The Montage, 9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City, U.T.; 435-604-1300.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Savoy.
The American Bar at The Savoy 
London, England

This bar wrote the book on cocktail culture — literally. The American Bar at The Savoy was the first watering hole in Europe to introduce American cocktails (Manhattans, martinis, etc.), and in 1930, the bartenders published The Savoy Cocktail Book — now considered the “bartender’s bible” — introducing the world to famous creations like the White Lady and other Savoy concoctions. Aside from an amazing list of authentic cocktails, the bar is great for people watching or lounging on the swanky seats while listening to a live pianist play American jazz in the center of the room.

The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom; 888-265-0533.

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