Hotel Bars for the Haute Palate


That draft beer from the corner pub may have sufficed to help you endure the agony of your first job or the loss of your first love, but our taste in watering holes (like our taste buds themselves) evolves over time to include different wine bars, speakeasies and beer gardens.  If the usual vodka soda is no longer doing the job, try taking a trip to one of these bars and give your palate a lesson in mixology.

Many venues in New York City have tried (and failed) to recreate the lively atmosphere that is evident during any night out at PH-D at the Dream Downtown.  In addition to the delicious cocktails that wash down a hefty serving of panoramic city views, a state of the art audio and lighting system will put you in a dream-like state that you won’t want to wake from.

The Hurricane Bar in San Francisco is well deserving of its name. Located in the famed Fairmont Hotel, this bar serves up an extensive buffet of Pacific Rim delicacies and tantalizing cocktails.  Whatever your reason for visiting, no reservations will be taken so get there fast and enjoy the live music and rain storm (yes, you read that correctly). You don’t want this storm to pass you by.

Let’s be honest, not everyone can stay awake for hours on end tempting lady luck in an endless sea of craps tables. Fortunately for them, Las Vegas has more to offer than just its world famous casino-lined Strip.  The Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental is one of Las Vegas’ most exclusive after-dark venues. As if the expertly crafted cocktails weren’t reason enough to visit, the floor-to-ceiling windows 23 floors above the Strip provide guests with a stunning city view that they are not likely to forget.

The Peninsula in Beverly Hills probably has little in common with the other hotels on this list when bars are concerned but sometimes all you need is good company, some great service, and an even better single malt. At the Club Bar, you can have them all and take advantage of one of the most prominent resorts in California.  Have a seat with a beverage in hand and witness how this deceptively dignified sanctuary unfolds into an awe-inspiring L.A. nightspot.

After a sun-filled day of water sports and outdoor activities at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami, you will most likely want to enjoy a refreshing cocktail while embracing the magnificence of an air conditioned environment.  The Fusion Lounge in the hotel lobby allows you to do just that as you sample the freshest sushi in Florida and lose yourself in the music provided by an ever-changing list of live entertainment.

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