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The world’s best hotel bars and their top cocktails



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Blu Bar is way up on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La.


© Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Blu Bar is way up on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La.

Hotel bars are the fast track to opulence.



a dining room table: Famous Paul Ninas murals flank the curvaceous walnut-paneled room, furnished with elegant bar stools and plush banquettes.


© The Roosevelt New Orleans
Famous Paul Ninas murals flank the curvaceous walnut-paneled room, furnished with elegant bar stools and plush banquettes.

When your wallet says no to spending hundreds of dollars on a bed for the night, the price of an Old-Fashioned will let you sail past the uniformed doorman, glide through a marble-clad lobby and sink into a leather armchair beside an open fire.



a group of people in a boat on a body of water: Guests must ride a special cable car down a dramatic cliff face to arrive at this brilliantly-engineered bar, perched 46 feet above the Indian Ocean.


© Ayana Resort & Spa Bali
Guests must ride a special cable car down a dramatic cliff face to arrive at this brilliantly-engineered bar, perched 46 feet above the Indian Ocean.

Budapest-based and New York-raised travel writer Alia Akkam’s new book, “Behind the Bar: 50 Cocktail Recipes from the World’s Most Iconic Hotels,” celebrates hotel bars and their signature drinks.

While Covid-related restrictions mean that we can’t jet-set like we used to, the hospitality industry is opening back up and is in need of our support.

Most major cities have at least one grande dame hotel keen to have you back through its doors, so let this selection of edited excerpts from Akkam’s book inspire you to pay a socially distanced trip to a local hotel or to make plans for future travel adventures.

Europe

Connaught Bar, London

What to drink: Mulata Daisy (rum, lime, creme de cacao liqueur, Galliano, fennel seeds)

This Mayfair institution, at which Charles de Gaulle often lodged, telegraphs a hushed country estate; its carpeted staircase with glossy wood bannisters is a highlight. Scope out the massive art collection — peppered with pieces by greats such as Louise Bourgeois and Julian Opie.



a chair sitting in front of a store: The Drake: Rooftop views in Toronto.


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The Drake: Rooftop views in Toronto.

Lobby Bar at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg, Russia

What to drink: Million Red Roses (vodka, grapefruit juice, honey syrup, sparkling wine)



a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a wooden chair: Chill Bar, Six Senses Laamu


© Six Senses Laamu
Chill Bar, Six Senses Laamu

Past the Ludwig Fontana-designed, neoclassical façade of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, the barrage of marble and gilt carries one back to tsarist 1875, when the property opened as Grand Hotel d’Europe. Dostoevsky came around often, Tchaikovsky honeymooned here and the enigmatic monk Rasputin, from behind drawn curtains, dined with politicians and paramours alike.



a large pool of water


© Rock Bar Ayana


KOLLÁZS, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Hungary

What to drink: Smoky Forest (mezcal, blood orange, pine)

A 1906 Art Nouveau masterpiece, originally built for the Gresham Life Assurance Company by Zsigmond Quittner and József Vágó, it retains gobs of Secessionist-style features, including Zsolnay ceramic tiles, Miksa Róth-made stained glass, wrought-iron railings and peacock gates.

Americas

Sazerac Bar, Roosevelt New Orleans, Louisiana



a glass of wine sitting on top of a wooden table: KOLLÁZS is on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.


© Courtesy Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
KOLLÁZS is on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.

What to drink: Ramos Gin Fizz (gin, simple syrup, egg white, cream, soda water, lemon and lime juice)

Seymour Weiss, owner of the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel, was buddies with Huey P. Long,

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