19 of the World's Coolest Hotel Bars
No hotel is complete without a good hotel bar.
As hotels aim to attract both travelers and locals, there’s been a renewed appreciation for the hotel bar. It’s no longer a stuffy place where businessmen gather for a drink before going to bed. Bars offer a chance for hotels to show off their hospitality while hosting some of the best parties in town.
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From Tokyo to Tanzania and rooftop pools to stargazing safaris, these are 19 of the hottest hotel bars around the world.
The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel, New York City
O2 Lounge at the Ritz Carlton, Moscow, Russia
Alvear Roof Bar at the Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guests can of course drink at the Alvear Palace’s lobby bar (where businessmen and celebrities have been holding meetings since the 1930s), but the cool, young crowd is more likely to be found on the newly renovated roof, at the Alvear Roof Bar’s.
Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
To even reach the Ayana Resort’s Rock Bar, guests have to ride a cable car down a cliff face. Once they’ve arrived at the bar — perched 46 feet above the Indian Ocean — guests can sip cocktails while watching the sunset or dance to music from the DJ booth carved into stone.
Sky Bar at Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
This Bangkok bar is world-famous for good reason. Perched 820 feet above the ground, the bar is one of the highest in the world. It also has a lengthy creative cocktail menu, including the Hangovertini, created for the cast of “Hangover 2” when they stayed at Lebua to film.
Area Bar at Hotel Habita, Mexico City, Mexico
When temperatures rise in Mexico City, the cool set rise to this rooftop pool and bar. While the vibes are more relaxed during the day, at night, a DJ arrives and this Polanco hotspot transforms into one of the best parties in town.
Bamboo Bar at the Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi may not have many upscale cool bars, but what the city lacks in quantity, it makes up for with quality at the Metropole. The hotel attracts some of the city’s most powerful visitors and the coolest among them will eventually make their way to the property’s more casual space, the poolside Bamboo Bar.
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrons at The Carousel Bar may have the distinct impression that the room is spinning — even if they haven’t indulged in one of the hotel’s signature sazeracs. The 25-seat bar is a former merry-go-round that has been twirling at the Hotel Monteleone since 1949.
Blue Bar at the Taj Palace, New Delhi, India
At first, the vibes at the Taj’s Blue Bar may seem cosmopolitan enough to be from any major city in the world, but take a step out to the poolside area and instantly remember that the cool bar is in the bustling center of New Delhi.
The Willaston Bar at The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
As Cape Town attempts to cement its status as a world art destination, the Willaston Bar could be where the arty flock start to head. It’s located in the newly opened Silo Hotel, whose building is also home to Zeitz MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Head to the sixth floor bar for a post-museum drink overlooking the water.
The Rooftop at The Standard Downtown, Los Angeles, California
If you’re willing to wait in line and brave a night time cover charge, you’ll meet plenty of cool, young locals at this astro-turfed rooftop bar in DTLA. The bar is steeped in ‘60s nostalgia with colorful, plastic furniture and animal-shaped topiaries but the vibes are modern, with a DJ and heated pool.
Baretto-Londra at Hotel Fasano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When the girls from Ipanema go walking, there’s a likely chance they end up here. This Rio hotspot is consistently named among the world’s most exclusive bars — so those attempting to get in should be sure to dress up and make a reservation well in advance.
L.A. Jackson at Thompson, Nashville, Tennessee
This music city newcomer not only draws hotel guests out of their rooms but locals out of their homes. The beer selection focuses on local, southern brews and the small bites menu adds a kick of cool to southern classic (see: korean fried chicken sliders). Go on a Monday night when Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, hosts a weekly vinyl night that brings cool kids to the rooftop bar for danceable deep cuts.
The English Bar at the Country Club Lima Hotel, Lima, Peru
There’s nothing cooler than classic cool. In their lifetimes, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner frequented The English Bar in Lima for what some consider to be the city’s best pisco sour (bartenders use a very specific strain of pisco for a smooth finish). The bar has kept its old school cool today, hosting chic clientele in its dimly lit space.
The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
Considered by some to be the world’s largest chandelier, this multi-level bar is one of the coolest spots in Vegas, if only for its architectural marvel. The lower level of The Chandelier is open 24 hours so the party never has to stop. The bar is also famous for its “secret drink,” the Verbena. It starts as a citrusy margarita that transforms flavors after you eat an edible flower inside the glass.
New York Bar at the Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan
Ever since Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray drank here in the film “Lost in Translation,” this bar in the skies has been on countless “must see” Tokyo lists. Because of the bar’s prime real estate (the 52nd floor in a Shinjuku building), it’s also got some of the best views of the city skyline.
The Lodge Bar at Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa
The coolest spot around may not always be that where there is the most people. In fact, at Singita Ebony Lodge, the opposite is true. Step outside the bar at Singita Ebony Lodge to enjoy stargazing with a glass selected from the lodge’s extensive African wine cellar.
Living Room Bar at W South Beach, Miami, Florida
When the art crowd descends to Miami for the Art Basel festival, they know there’s a very good chance they’ll end up at the Living Room Bar at least once. The lobby bar’s downtown beachside vibes — alongside art from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo — make it a top destination.
Gold on 27 at Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is known for being many things. Understated is not one of them. The Gold on 27 bar, which opened last year, is decked out almost entirely in gold (as the name may suggest). And getting in requires some preparation. Entrance is limited to hotel guests and those with reservations only.