The hotel bar is an oasis, a place where the only worry is what to order. These welcoming spots are destinations in their own right, offering memorable combinations of sublime cocktails, lovely views, and storied pasts.
The Penthouse, ME Madrid, Madrid
The Penthouse is located on the roof of the ME Madrid, once a traditional bullfighting hotel. The popular bar was created by Scott and Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband), and possesses impressive views of Madrid from its rooftop terrace location. Guests are whisked up via private elevator to The Penthouse, where they can relax in the comfortable lounges and day beds and take in the amazing view of Plaza Santa Ana.
La Purificadora Bar, Mexico
The Hotel La Purificadora is a swanky upscale hotel in Puebla, Mexico, built from the wreckage of a 19th century water-bottling factory. The rooftop bar runs parallel to a long glass-walled lap pool so guests can watch swimmers pass them by as well as take in views of the city. Once the sun sets, the bar is one of the hottest nightspots in Puebla.
Bascule whisky, Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town
Bascule whisky, wine & cocktail bar is located right on the water’s edge of Cape Town’s international yacht marina. There are over 400 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer, by day or by night.
M Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Sample a variety of ‘Mo’ themed cocktails and Chinese tapas at the Mandarin Oriental’s famous M Bar. Located on the 25th floor of the hotel, the M Bar has impressive views over Victoria Harbour as well as a lotus bud-shaped bar and is a favourite among tourists and locals.
The Artesian Bar, The Langham Hotel, London
The Langham Hotel’s Artesian Bar was named after the 360-foot artesian well under the hotel which originally supplied all the fresh water for the guests. Opened in 2007, the bar features unique interiors which mix Orientalism with romantic Victorian influences. The hotel has a tempting cocktail menu with a tasting option for those who cannot decide.