Now that spring is just around the corner and the weather is getting better, we’ve come down with a bad case of cabin fever. It’s time for an international cocktail tour. To help you plan, here are some of our favorite hotels with top bar programs. Safe travels!
The Hemingway Bar, Ritz Paris, Paris, 33 1 43 16 30 30:
If you’ve ever wanted to have a drink here, go now. Next month, the Parisian landmark will be shutting down for the hotel’s multi-year renovation. In the meantime, legendary bartender Colin Field is mixing up some of his favorite tipples from over the years and reminiscing about them.
What to Drink: Whatever Colin Field is making
Bar Seven Five, Andaz Wall Street, New York, 212 590 1234:
Tourists and Wall Street traders will no doubt flock to Bar Seven Five’s giant new terrace for delicious concoctions created by Alchemy Consulting. The area, which hugs the exterior of the Andaz hotel, will be ready next month and has seating for 80 people, plus heat lamps for cool nights.
What to Drink: 75 Smash (Laird’s Applejack, lemon juice, maple syrup, mint, Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters)
Bellocq, The Hotel Modern, New Orleans, 504 962 0900:
The sleek Hotel Modern, which opened last December, is home to the swanky Bellocq (pictured above). The bar’s menu was dreamed up by the team behind acclaimed NOLA watering hole Cure and focuses on traditional Cobblers flavored with a range of spirits, aperitifs and fruits.
What to Drink: Cobbler
Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, 504 523 3341:
Anybody who has been to Tales of the Cocktail is quite familiar with the Carousel Bar. (The joint is in the Hotel Monteleone, which hosts the spirited conference.) It’s also well-known because, like on a carousel, the stools actually orbit the bartenders (slowly, don’t worry). This past winter, the historic establishment was spiffed up and expanded.
What to Drink: Vieux Carré (rye whiskey, cognac, dry vermouth, Bénédictine, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters)
This desert oasis reopened in February after extensive renovations. Iron Chef Jose Garces runs both of the resort’s restaurants: El Jefe, which serves Mexico City-style dishes and, of course, plenty of tequila; and Tinto, which offers authentic Spanish tapas and a set of clever original elixirs.
What to Drink: Chiquito (tarragon-infused gin, Spanish brandy, orange bitters, lemon, sugar)
The Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysée, New York, 212 288 1010:
Famed mixologist Julie Reiner, who co-owns New York’s Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge and Lani Kai, is now in charge of the drinks at The Monkey Bar in the East Side institution Hotel Elysée. Her list is full of classics, including, naturally, the Monkey Gland, and original recipes like the gin-based Tropic of Capricorn.
What to Drink: Monkey Gland (gin, absinthe, pomegranate molasses, orange juice, orange bitters)
The Whisky Bar, The Highlander Inn, Craigellachie, Scotland, 44 1340 881446:
Traveling Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail? Then you need to stop at The Highlander Inn in Speyside for a dram. Its aptly named Whisky Bar stocks more than 400 bottlings, among them many truly rare spirits, and is very popular with the area’s distillers.
What to drink: Scotch
Looking for more great watering holes? Check out our bar guide for the best bars in the world.