Our Favourite Hotel Bars

banyan-tree-vertigoThere’s something about staying in a luxury hotel that makes you want to enjoy everything they have to offer, and this is certainly true when it comes to the hotel bar.

We say ‘bar’, but these days the reality is that most 4 and 5 star hotels will have more than one bar – each with it’s on theme or characteristics that are designed to appeal to different people. You can guarantee, whatever your taste, there’ll be a hotel with a bar to match.

As much as staying in nice hotels, we enjoy being in nice bars inside nice hotels probably just as much. So here are a few hotel bars we like the look of that would tempt us to stay in our hotel a bit longer – but hopefully not too long.

Vertigo Rooftop Bar, Bangkok

We’ve already mentioned the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Banyan Tree in Bangkok, but it definitely deserves another mention if we’re looking at hotel bars that are nothing short of spectacular. And just in case you thought that we’re exaggerating when we say how amazing it is, that’s a picture of it above.

Artesian, London

The Langham hotel is home to Artesian, which is not only attractive because of its surroundings, but also because of the amazing cocktails it serves. Voted ‘Best Bar in the World’ for three years running, don’t be surprised if the drink you ordered looks more like a work of art, or even a magic trick, when it arrives.

O2 Bar, Moscow

This is another rooftop bar, that is contained beneath a glass and steel dome on top of the Ritz Carlton. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but the views are meant to be outstanding as the drinks menu, you can even enjoy a shot of Oxygen – it is the O2 bar after all. Or maybe a Moscow Mule would be more appropriate?

The Press Lounge, New York

OK, so this one might not actually be a hotel bar, but it is an amazing place to go for a drink – and there are hotels nearby. Thanks to outdoor heating and retractable glass, you can enjoy rooftop drinking and the amazing views of NYC even when it’s winter, along with seasonal cocktails like a Ginger Smash.

Icebar, Copenhagen

Unsurprisingly, the Icebar is located in Copenhagen’s Icehotel – a great place to chill out (sorry!). While a lot of people might see it as a bit of a gimmick, there is something to be admired about a hotel bar where everything is made of ice, from the furniture to the glasses – cool!

We love great bars as much as great hotels, and even more so when the two go hand in hand. There are dozens, if not hundreds of great hotel bars around the world, so we’ll try to bring you some more as and when we spot find them.