We enjoy drinking in most settings, but there’s something singular about a hotel bar. It feels exclusive and special – two things you’ll never get from your local dive no matter how much you love it. Make it an international hotel bar, and the feeling is tripled. James Bond status: achieved. Cross these eight incredible hotel bars from around the world off your list, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an international man of mystery.
Rock Bar @ Ayana Resort, Bali
Step one: find yourself a date. Step two: bring her to Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort in Bali. Step three: watch the sunset. Step four: score. Perched atop a unique rock formation at the base of a secluded limestone cliff, Rock Bar offers unparalleled views of the horizon, exceptional signature cocktails and a regular line-up of top DJs. It’s a killer combination that has earned Bali’s premier sunset destination countless international accolades.
Skybar @ Mondrian, Los Angeles
The Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles has been one of the city’s hottest nightspots since it opened. It’s even been called “the rooftop bar that started it all.” Although the in-crowd has moved on to newer, hipper pastures, Skybar is still a sexy playground for attractive and affluent patrons who want to enjoy one of the finest views in all of LA. Yes, this really is a poolside bar where people might jump in after a night of exhilarating excess.
Falk’s Bar @ Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich
Few bars can say they were legends before they opened, but Falk’s Bar in Munich can. The bar is located in the opulent Bayerischer Hof Hotel, some of the most decadent digs in the city, inside the famed Spiegelsaal (Mirror Hall) dating from 1939. It’s the only room in the Bayerischer Hof to have survived the Second World War unscathed. Today Falk’s Bar is an inviting blend of traditional design with modern music, lighting and libations.
The Ozone Bar @ The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
The Ozone Bar in Hong Kong earned its name by being the highest bar in the world. Situated on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton in the International Commerce Center, the Ozone Bar’s ear-popping experience includes a wide range of signature cocktails, a small sushi bar and an exotic selection of Asian tapas. Be sure to step out onto the terrace to enjoy the view – the wind-chill factor can be a little much, but the bar is equipped with blankets if you need them.
The Top Of The Standard @ The Standard, New York
The Standard is one of NYC’s swankiest hotels, so it’s only fitting that it have one of the city’s poshest bars. Enter the glittering room and you’ll be treated to dramatic 360° Manhattan views and retro gold decor. The biggest names in the Big Apple come here for cocktails, so the door policy and the dress code are strict. Don’t miss out on a trip to the toilets – although it may not sound particularly glamorous, trust us that it’s one of the most memorable parts of the experience.
The Library @ The Leela Palace, New Delhi
In the middle of your Eat, Pray, Love journey, don’t forget to take time out to drink. We recommend The Library at The Leela Palace in New Delhi, a refined spot designed to recapture the glory of a bygone era. Indulge in first edition books, Chesterfield chairs, cigars, sophisticated food offerings and a whiskey collection that will please any connoisseur. Because nothing washes down prayers like whiskey.
Long Bar @ The PuLi Hotel, Shanghai
The PuLi Hotel’s Long Bar lives up to its name. Clocking in at 32 metres, Long Bar’s long bar is the longest in Shanghai. The bar also boasts one of the city’s longest wine and champagne selections by the glass, plus a sophisticated pre- and post-dinner cocktail list. Try the signature Sichuan Spice cocktail (it’s got a real kick) while taking in the view of the beautiful Jing’An Park and the hustle and bustle of the hotel’s lobby.
Wet Bar @ W Hotel, Barcelona
Day or night, the Wet Bar at Barcelona’s W Hotel is the place to be. It’s a little bit of Ibiza, without the insane crowds and outrageously high prices. During the day, take a dip in the pool, have bake on the sun beds, or down a drink in a cabana. In the evenings, Wet Bar transforms into the ultimate insider destination with tropical cocktails and bold beats from a DJ. Spectacular Mediterranean views are available 24/7.