Whether you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a classic cocktail or a place to post up and try new concoctions, these are our top hotel bars from around the world
Ritz Paris – Paris, France
Drink like the legends. This cozy gem was a favorite of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cole Porter and Gary Cooper.
You Ern’ed It: It was here that Ernest Hemingway saved the day and “liberated” the bar of German soldiers. Rumor has it he then treated himself to 51 martinis.
The Peninsula – Chicago, Illinois
Ready for a night cap? Settle in next to the fireplace, and pick your poison in this cozy bar.
What’s Poppin’: Two words: Truffle. Popcorn.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong – Hong Kong
Not for the faint of heart, this bar is not only on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton but is also open-air. Talk about a drink with a view!
Liquid Courage: Ozone serves up cocktails as adventurous as the atmosphere. Sip on a Monkok Delight: a blend of Bamboo Vodka, Blackberry, Lime, Hibiscus Syrup, and Basil Yuzu Foam.
The Miami Beach EDITION – Miami, FL
Brownell Independent Advisor and hotel bar aficionado Susan Whitson coined the Matador as “Mad Men meets Spain” – need we say more?
Secret Menu: Order like an insider and request the off-menu Matador Muleta, a mix of chocolate bitters, habanero shrub, Spanish brandy, sherry, and topped with speared Jamon Iberico. It’s the only cocktail that has earned the right to be served on a red napkin.
Park Hyatt Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan
Sweeping views, smooth jazz, and the largest selection of American wines in Japan? Sold!
Claim to Fame: Movie buffs gather ‘round. If the bar looks familiar, that’s because it was the centerpiece for Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray’s Oscar-winning film, Lost in Translation.
Brown’s Hotel – London, England
Come for the spunky, sixties vibe…stay for the martini.
What’s In a Name: This bar isn’t just named after famous photographer Terence Donovan – it is lined with his black and white photos. Take a seat in the naughty corner, and see some of Donovan’s more risqué pics. Cheerio!
St. Regis New York – New York, New York
This prestigious Manhattan locale has served Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and Brownell Independent Advisor Joanne Smith who summed up the experience in one word: Iconic.
Coming to America: Aside from the rich and famous patrons, the King Cole Bar is also credited with bringing the Bloody Mary to America.
Four Seasons Seoul – Seoul, South Korea
This bar was inspired by Charles H. Baker Jr., an American author turned cocktail conquistador. Enjoy world class sips – if you can find the hidden entrance!
Know Before You Go: In true speakeasy fashion, this bar strictly prohibits standing. Get there early to claim your seat!
Grand Hyatt Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan
Designed by the world renowned designer Tony Chi, this space is perfect for a glass of bubbly, vino, liquor and dim sum!
Might We Suggest: Endorsed by Brownell’s very own Independent Advisor Tisha Neufville, the Kiwi Martini is a refreshing creation that might go down just a little TOO quickly.
The Stafford – London, England
One part rich London history, two parts cheer has made this a crowd favorite among Brownell travelers.
Can We Have Your Autograph?: Among the many hidden treasures hanging from the ceiling and walls are signed photographs of some of the bars most famous fans.
Pulitzer Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timeless charm only matched by the contemporary cocktails. Overlook the canals while you’re snuggled up in an oversized arm chair with a delightful beverage.
New Fashioned: Are you a fan of the classics? Do you find yourself wanting to branch out, but still sticking close to your comfort zone? Brownell Independent Advisor Karen Lee-Ishmael discovered the solution to your libation woes: The Pulitzer’s Pineapple Old Fashioned.
The Whitby – New York, New York
If the wicker basket chandelier doesn’t get you talking, the espresso martini certainly will.
Location, location, location: Just a short walk from MoMA, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center, The Whitby is in the middle of the top spots but, with an intimate atmosphere and warm service, it feels miles away from the crowds.
Four Seasons Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina
A casual-chic, polo-themed bar may sound like a mirage in the distance after a long day of sightseeing in Buenos Aires, but it is so very real! Time to kick up your feet!
Insider Tip: In between cocktails, sink your teeth into some of the house-made Chorizo.
The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg, MT
Saddle up to the bar…literally! Bar stools fashioned from old saddles are the perfect touches for this Wild West saloon.
Montana Margarita: Per Laura Bassett, Brownell Independent Advisor and fellow margarita connoisseur, we recommend the Smoky Strawberry Margarita.
The MODERN Honolulu – Honolulu, HI
Whether you want to partake in the daily happy hour or enjoy live music on Wednesdays – Sundays, this spot is the perfect ending to day in paradise – just take Brownell Independent Advisor Jessica Hart’s word for it.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: If you’re looking for this bar during the day, you won’t find it. But come 6PM, a bookcase in the lobby opens to reveal this sleek, modern bar!
The Four Seasons Resort Vail – Vail, CO
After a day of skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, we’ve got just the remedy – Four Season’s Remedy Bar.
The Elixir of Life: Okay, so maybe you won’t get eternal youth, but their “super creative” cocktails made locally grown herbs and fruits will leave a lasting impression.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Vancouver, BC
Travel to the roaring 20’s and take your pick of a very impressive champagne selection!
Behind The Bar: Bartender Robyn Gray uses the Japanese concept ‘omakase’ and discovers patrons’ unique preferences to whip up the perfect, custom cocktail you didn’t know you were missing.
Raffles Singapore – Singapore, Singapore
We don’t just love this bar because the hotel was founded the same year as Brownell – 1887 – it is also where Singapore’s national cocktail, The Singapore Sling, was invented (a must-order per Brownell Independent Advisor Sandy Grodsky)!
Literary Love: The Long Bar was a favorite spot of Ernest Hemingway (yeah, yeah we’re seeing a trend here, too!), and the hotel is where Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book.