5 hotel bars around the world worth checking in at
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In our opinion, a good hotel has to comprise these few things — a plush bed (pillow menus a bonus), a wide range of minibar drinks and snacks, and a deep tub for midnight reads. Once that's ticked off our list, we scrutinise the hotel bar, because it all seems like a paltry effort if we can't have our friends over for a stellar cocktail. Yes, #priorities. Below, the good folk at Design Hotels sieve the best from the rest and share their recommendations for the perfect nightcap.
La Paz, Bolivia
Atix Hotel's +591 bar is a rooftop gem that boasts the most dramatic views of the city of La Paz. Its cocktails range from classics to newfangled, and is inspired by Bolivia's flavours, cultures, places and stories.
One to try: The 'El Siete', crafted with Latin American La Republica Gin, apple juice, red pepper, and lemon syrup.
If atmosphere is what you're after, it doesn't come more heavily in abundance than at Hotel Zoo's movie-set themed Grace Bar. Over in this drinking den, it's all about reviving the roaring 1920s, where modern-day Don Drapers gather.
One to try: The 'Pumpkin Spiced Sour', Grace Bar's signature whiskey drink, topped with a handcrafted Chinese five spice, butternut and pumpkin chutney.
Gilt Lounge, located at QT Sydney, is the place to see and be seen at. We're told that this is also the inner-city hideout to celebrity watch. What's even better (for the ever-hangry like us)? An impressive snack menu which serves everything from ceviche to pulled pork brioche buns.
One to try: The 'Ghost of Mary' — which takes up to five days to make — is an unusual concoction of vodka infused with pancetta and jalapeno.
Scribner's Catskill Lodge
Hunter Mountain, USA
This is what the American dream should be made of. Besides magnificent mountain views, The Prospect Bar at Scribner's Catskill Lodge has a sip-worthy selection of drinks inspired by the surrounding Hudson Valley.
One to try: The 'Old Man Scribner', made with thyme infused applejack and garnished with thyme and lemon wedges.
The bar at Paris' Hotel Vernet is a beautiful, bright space showcasing Carrera marble counters and a fresco ceiling by Jean-Michel Aberola. If there's one place to take your well-heeled Parisian girlfriends for a classy drink, this is it.
One to try: 'The Vernetini', a signature creation which mixes in Pyla French vodka, white liliet, angostura bitters and orange peel.