Whether you love live music or are looking for the best views of the city, this roundup of the best hotel bars in the world will satisfy your cocktail cravings.
New York Bar at Park Hyatt, Tokyo
If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Tokyo feeling nostalgia for the city that never sleeps, head straight to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Located on the 52nd floor you’ll find a bar that will have you feeling transported to its namesake city and the largest American wine list in all of Tokyo. New York Bar, at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, features live entertainment with jazz performances every night. Even though your view is of the Tokyo skyline, you’ll feel as though you’re in the Big Apple as artist Valerio Adami’s huge murals of Radio City Music Hall and the Rainbow Room surround you.
The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel, New York City
Rooftop parties are a summer staple in the New York City social scene, so it’s no surprise this hotel bar made our list. The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel is a must-see locale; the outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for savvy visitors or even locals to spend a productive day of work followed by a round of sunset cocktails. If nightlife and international DJs is your thing, The Roof transforms into one of the city’s late-night hotspots!
The American Bar at The Savoy, London
This London hotspot is rich in history, not only is it the longest surviving cocktail bar in London but its history of bartenders and historically famous customers make it one of the most renowned in the world. Churchill was a regular and kept his own private whiskey behind the bar. The most famous barman in the American Bar’s history, Harry Craddock, allegedly served the last legal drink in America before the prohibition, then took his skills overseas to serve at the Savoy. With “American-style” drinks flowing, surrounded by candid photographs of 60s and 70s stars like Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie and Judy Garland, this hotel bar is sure to be a good time.
Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
Set on a secluded limestone cliff, this bar will rock your world. The minimalist design of Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa blends seamlessly with its stunning natural surroundings, creating a breathtaking ambiance. As if the location wasn’t exciting enough, getting to the Rock Bar is an adventure in and of itself! You enter the bar on a cable car, enjoying the view as you ascend down the cliff. Sip on a cocktail and gaze across the Indian Ocean, dotted with traditional fishing boat lanterns. It will be an unforgettable night enjoying a world-class lineup of International DJs set up in a custom DJ booth carved right out of the cliff.
St. Regis Bar and Drawing Room, Bangkok
We love a lobby bar that can do Jazz night with Champagne just as well as afternoon tea. The St. Regis Bar and Drawing Room, located in the 12th floor lobby area, provides a versatile visitor experience. By day it’s a great spot for business meetings and working travelers, by night it’s a lively crowd enjoying live music and a gorgeous floor to ceiling sunset view. The furnishings are chic and luxurious; we especially love the black marble bar. We highly recommend sticking around for the 6:30pm sabering of Champagne with a sword!
Gold On 27 at Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
It is an experience that is pure gold, or at least decked in gold leaf. Gold On 27 is as luxe as it gets when it comes to hotel bars. There is just something about being surrounded by gold that makes you feel like a million bucks. Each cocktail is meticulously inspired by Dubai, representing the incredibly fast rise of the city. Scanning the menu is like a crash course in Dubai’s fascinating history. If alcohol isn’t your thing, don’t worry, the menu also includes unique mocktails for you to enjoy while taking in the breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.
Blu Bar on 36 at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Follow the blue light at the end of a stunning marble hallway to the Blu Bar on 36 at Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks. The fluorescent blue bar creates a posh ambiance, where visitors lounge on plush seating, in a dimly-lit and minimalist setting. Sip on one of their world-class cocktails, created by a team of talented mixologists, or stop by for the high tea buffet. It doesn’t get much better, especially when it comes to the view through floor to ceiling windows of both the Harbour Bridge and the famous Opera House. It is the perfect spot for a cocktail and a photo opp!