High Spirits: The Makings of a Stellar Hotel Mini-Bar
Hotels are upping the mini-bar ante, stocking them with local liquors and batched drinks. We collected recent favorites for our dream in-room kit.
1. Liquor from Hotel Lucia in Portland, Oregon
This newly renovated 1909 landmark worked with two hometown distilleries, Eastside and Dogwood, to package their Burn- side Bourbon and DL Franklin Vodka in miniature bottles for every room.
2. A shaker in disguise from the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in New York City
Street art is a big focus here: there’s a lobby ceiling mural by Lee Quinones and graffiti experts on staff, and the mini-bars (which are stocked with Sixpoint beers and Stumptown cold-brew coffee) have cocktail shakers that look like spray-paint cans.
3. Elixirs from the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee
This loft-style property asked nearby Bittercube Bitters to create mixers for a variety of spirits: a strawberry-and-lavender blend for vodka gimlets and a vanilla-and-cacao base for whiskey sours.
4. Batched cocktails from Mondrian London at Sea Containers
Ryan Chetiyawardana—the bartender behind London’s White Lyan and the Mondrian's Dandelyan bar—has bottled riffs on the Old-Fashioned, gin martini, and Tom Collins for this nautical-themed property on the Thames.
5. Barware from Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, in New York City
Rooms at this mountain-lodge-inspired hotel in the Financial District have jiggers, muddlers, and strainers from Brooklyn-based W&P Design—plus recipes for inspiration.