It’s no longer enough to have amazing rooms, jaw dropping views, beds that make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven, concierge at your beck and call, and bathroom amenities that are out of this world. How well a hotel bar shakes and stirs your cocktails is extremely important. Extremely. Whether it’s a pre-dinner drink, a post-flight nightcap or lazy Sunday session, here’s our Listopedia of the World’s hottest new hotel bars.
JING Bar, Temple House, Chengdu, China
Never has drinking in a hotel bar been cooler. Chengdu’s The Temple House pulls out the big guns at JING Bar, with a DJ booth spinning and theme nights that have locals and visitors enjoying a tipple together. As the name suggests, Temple House’s roots date back to the Qing Dynasty, and sits next door to the ancient Daci Temple. The JING Bar merges old and new, in a speakeasy style venue. Tiki Thursday are a bit different to your average Chengdu watering hole, when the bar transforms, with torches, Tiki mugs and plenty of Tiki games.
The Bar, Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York, USA
From Manhattans to Cosmos, New York is a cocktail city. When you combine that with a brand new luxury hotel, that just happens to be owned by a French crystal house, you can expect the drinks of your dreams. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Baccarat Hotel’s The Bar. Chandeliers dripping in crystal line the ceiling of the long, long bar that’s well stocked with rare spirits and a fair share of the hotel’s 15,000 piece strong collection of glassware. This is a bar for special occasions – anniversaries, engagements even, or just a special splurge in the city that never sleeps. Don’t stop with the cocktails. Lobster dumplings and caviar “sliders” take bar snacks into the realms of fine dining. Bar peanuts will never look the same again.
ATTITUDE, AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Thailand
Bangkok’s hotel rooftop bars are legendary, but there’s a new bar on the block and its taking things up a notch. ATTITUDE sits on the 26th storey of the brand new AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, overlooking the Chao Phraya river and the city skyline. The day beds are the new hot seats around town, but there’s plenty of space to spread out, with indoor lounges, a rooftop pool, DJ booth and open show kitchen. The bar’s specialty cocktails turn up the heat too, with French mixologist Alex Hersent bringing liquid nitrogen, wood smokers and caviar spheres to the menu. Enjoy the laid back birds eye view over the hustle and bustle, and trust us, you won’t want to come back down to earth.