Hotel bars have kind of gotten a bad reputation over the years, being more closely associated with lonely businessmen and sketchy lounge singers rather than an awesome drinking experience. We think lots of hotels have been putting in some extra effort and have started to open some truly great bars across the U.S. Here are a few hotel bars we think are worth visiting – whether or not you’re actually staying at the hotel.
Ghostbar at The Palms, Las Vegas
Most people who go to Las Vegas aren’t looking to spend a quiet night inside, and Ghostbar will make sure you have the time of your life. Aside from the likely celebrity sighting, the bar is positioned 55 floors above the Vegas Strip and has a dramatic outdoor sky deck with a nearly 360-degree view.
P.O.V. at the W Hotel, Washington D.C.
This rooftop bar has amazing views of the White House and D.C.’s historic monuments. The cocktail menu is extensive and creative and they’ve got two important things we’ve been obsessing over recently: different types of ice and a fresh fruit and veggie juicing station.
King Cole Bar at The St. Regis Hotel, New York City
This bar is filled with history; it was opened in 1932 and was originally for men only. In 1950 they started letting the ladies in and they’ve served famous names like Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon and Salvador Dali. It has also been featured in quite a few movies, including The Devil Wears Prada and The First Wives’ Club. Oh, and you may have heard of a little drink called the Bloody Mary…yeah, that was invented at King Cole Bar (though they called it the Red Snapper).
What hotel bar have you visited that you’re dying to go back to?