10 Best Hotel Bars in the World (Slideshow)

What makes a truly great hotel bar?

10 Best Hotel Bars in the World

What makes a truly great hotel bar?

The Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt, New Orleans

Huey Long once flew a bartender at The Sazerac to New York to teach the locals a thing or two about a perfect gin fizz. The place still holds onto its classic glamour, and the world famous Sazerac recipe hasn’t changed a bit since Glen Miller and The Kingfish bellied up to the bar. 

Vue Bar, Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai

View Shanghai from a rooftop Jacuzzi at this bar, and while you’re soaking, choose from the bar’s selection of Champagnes while the house DJ spins.  

New York Bar, Park Hyatt, Tokyo

The bar made famous by the movie Lost in Translation has a lot more to recommend it than just being a cinematic landmark. It offers stunning views of Tokyo and an assortment of fine Japanese whiskeys, like 18-year-old Yamazaki, 2013’s San Francisco World Sprits Competition Double Gold Winner.

Sky Bar, Iebua at State Tower Bangkok

The New York Times’ “most stunning rooftop bar you’ll ever see” is the world’s highest open air bar at 820 feet in the air. If the elevation doesn’t make you too light-headed, try world-famous mixologist Ron Ramirez’s three signature cocktails — Mist, Dust, and Icicle — at the neon bar. 

Bemelmans Bar, Carlyle Hotel, New York City

If you loved the Madeline books as a child, you can’t miss the Central Park scenes the books’ creator, Ludwig Bemelmans, painted on the walls in the 1940s. If you love classic drinks with a ginger twist, you can’t miss the bar’s signature Gin-Gin mule, made with Gordon’s gin, Regatta ginger beer, simple syrup, muddled mint, and fresh lime juice.

Bar 1200 at Sunset Marquis Hotel, West Hollywood

Party with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors in one of L.A.’s most celebrated bars. The bar’s chill atmosphere is the main reason it’s an L.A. stalwart, but the drink menu is no slouch either, offering bright, fruity updates to poolside standards. 

Beaufort Bar, Savoy Hotel, London

George Gershwin used to play at this gorgeous gilded London bar. If that doesn’t impress you, then maybe the 27 Champagne options or the six signature bubbly cocktails will. 

Icebar Jukkasjärvi, ICEHOTEL, Sweden

Icebar Jukkasjärvi, ICEHOTEL, Sweden
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At Absolut’s Icebar, you’ll be served all of your libations “in the rocks,” since glasses are made of ice from the Torne River. However, your vacation options are pretty limited, since the 6,000-square-meter hotel is built entirely of ice and snow and is only open until early January. 

Falk’s Bar, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich

Falk’s bar is housed in the famed “Mirror Hall,” the only room in the hotel to survive World War II. The family-run bar is happy to serve you a classic cocktail or even mix it up with a fine Bavarian beer.  

Connaught Bar, The Connaught Hotel, London

Late luxury interior designer extraordinaire David Collins designed this bar to reflect Dickensian glamour with a modern flair. Even the cocktail menu provides you with a little history lesson about each drink, and the customized martini trolley is not to be missed.