Know what the Martini, the Mimosa and the Singapore Sling all have in common? Well, yes, they’re cocktails, obviously – but they were all invented in hotel bars (probably). Hotels have a major role in cocktail history, so we consulted a panel of travelling cocktail connoisseurs on their favourites. From modern spots with boundary-pushing creations to legendary institutions where classic cocktails were mixed for the very first time, check out these hotels around the world that are perfect for cocktail-lovers.
- Jane Ko, A Taste of Koko
- Stephanie Forrer, Eat, Drink, Travel, Y’all
- Drew and Julie Smith, Drive on the Left
- Julianne Kanter, It’s Five O’Clock Here
- Amy West, Amy West Travel
- Jo Fitzsimons, Indiana Jo
South Congress Hotel, Austin, Texas
Chosen by: Jane from A Taste of Koko
“South Congress Hotel, Texas is conveniently located right on (and named after) Austin’s hottest dining and shopping strip – South Congress, or SoCo as we locals call it. There are several dining and drinking options inside the hotel: Mañana is a chic coffee shop that serves coffee and pastries, and Café No Sé serves healthy and fresh dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But Central Standard is the place for drinks, with its weekday happy hour and great cocktail menu. South Congress Hotel also has a cocktail bar in the lobby.”
If you want to see more hotels in Austin, visit our Austin hotels page.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, Mexico
Chosen by: Stephanie from Eat, Drink, Travel, Y’all
“The Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City has a bar so magnificent I am still dreaming about it! The bar is called Fifty Mils and it’s a utopia for cocktail-lovers. The most beautiful and unique cocktails I’ve ever seen await you here, each one more impressive than the one before. I was truly blown away – and it takes a lot to impress me in the food and booze world. This hotel bar is a must for cocktail-lovers.”
If you want to see more hotels in Mexico City, visit our Mexico City hotels page.
21c Museum Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
Chosen by: Drew and Julie from Drive on the Left
“If you love bourbon, than the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville is your kind of hotel. In a converted warehouse in downtown Louisville, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Proof on Main, stocks over 120 varieties of bourbon and puts them to good use on its cocktail menu. And for the ultimate whiskey experience, the staff can arrange Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours.”
If you want to see more hotels in Louisville, visit our Louisville hotels page.
The Savoy, London
Chosen by: Julianne from It’s Five O’Clock Here
“The Savoy in London is a cocktail connoisseur’s dream: it houses the historic American Bar, named World’s Best Bar at the World’s 50 Best Bars 2017 awards. Bartender Harry Craddock published the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 – commonly called ‘the bartender’s bible’ – but the cocktails still continue to push the envelope.”
If you want to see more hotels in London, visit our London hotels page.
Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, Tampa, Florida
Chosen by: Amy from Amy West Travel
“Created to be a foodie paradise, the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa is a cocktail-lover’s dream. From the one-of-a kind-Epicurean Theatre to the hotel’s signature restaurant Elevage, to its Spa Evangeline, every corner of the hotel pays homage to the love of food and drink. For the ultimate cocktail head to the scene-stealing rooftop bar, Edge, where small-batch spirits come together with fresh ingredients to create unique cocktails for every palate.”
If you want to see more hotels in Tampa, visit our Tampa hotels page.
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Chosen by: Jo from Indiana Jo
“There are plenty of reasons to choose Raffles for your stay in Singapore – grandeur, colonial architecture, five-star luxury and location. So, the fact that the hotel’s Long Bar was the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous cocktails is just the cherry in the Singapore Sling.”
If you want to see more hotels in Singapore, visit our Singapore hotels page.