Whether it's your first or thousandth date, finding the perfect bar to impress your other half is a fine art. The last thing you want is a lack of ambience, a dreadful playlist, or a drink to let you down. To help you in your quest to impress, the well-travelled experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have compiled a list of hotel bars that guarantee great service, conversation-starting signature cocktails, and an atmosphere that radiates romance. Whether it's a riad's ravishing watering hole or a sophisticated city speakeasy, these luxurious bars lay the groundwork for some serious date-night success.
The dark wood interiors and slick '60s style of Baretto, the world-famous bar at São Paulo's Fasano hotel, create an ideal atmosphere for the performances of tropicalia, bossa nova and jazz artists. They've seen the likes of everyone from Bebel Gilberto and Caetano Veloso to Chico Buarque and Jamie Cullum. The caipirinhas go down as smoothly as the tunes — take yours back to one of the hotel's higher rooms if you want to continue your date against a backdrop of breath-taking city views.
Drink of choice: A Caipirinha, of course!
Designed to feel like the inside of a traditional shoji paper lantern, the soft lighting inside the Lounge at Aman Tokyo creates a sultry date-night atmosphere. Enjoy jazz music and views of the Imperial Palace Gardens as you indulge in expertly prepared drinks and bar bites. By night, the unending views of Tokyo take on a retro-futurist feel, and the parade of softly-lit lanterns, uniformly lined above the bar and mirroring the space as a whole, beckon you to the bar stool. Opt to stay the night — and spoil yourselves with a seasonal Kuromoji oil treatment in the hotel's exquisite spa in the morning.
Drink of choice: Aman Tokyo Original Mojito
Perk your partner's senses as you enter La Mamounia, where the rich velvets and patterned tiles of its traditional Moroccan interiors evoke a regal past, and the deep scents of orange blossom, jasmine and cedar irresistibly intertwine. At the ambient Bar Marocain, the gentle sound of trickling fountains lend a counterpoint to dramatic Atlas Mountain views. After sundown, floor-standing glass lanterns provide appropriately low-key lighting in a space where conversation never fails to flourish.
Drink of choice: A large glass of Syrah
Allow yourselves to fall into the Parisian love story stereotype, and spend the day exploring the city of love, hand in hand. When you're ready to clink a glass (or five) of bespoke seasonal wine, head to Hotel Providence's intimate bar and unwind together in the privacy on one of its artfully worn leather sofas. If you decide to check-in, enquire whether Superior Room 23 is available — the midnight-hued walls and charming city views will round off your quixotic Parisian escape.
Drink of choice: A Bourgeuil or robust Bordeaux
Hidden behind the London Edition's lobby where a 19th Century ceiling and statue-clad fireplace resides, is the secretive, bookings-only Punch Room bar. This pseudo-Victorian gentleman's club is a seductive date-night destination, and the place to come for award-winning mixologist Davide Segat's 16th to 21st Century tipples. Sip on them as you cosy up together on one of the bar's tufted sofas or wingback chairs.
Drink of choice: English Milk Punch, a delightful rum and brandy cocktail
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