We’re no strangers to life on the road, and hotel bars give us reasons to look forward to the next trip. A good hotel bar can be a perfect oasis in a traveler’s life, a place to kick back on vacation or unwind at the end of a busy day. And today’s best hotel bars are also making some of the country’s most enjoyable cocktails—here’s a collection of some of our favorites.
Bo & Luke
Warming whiskey and cinnamon get a bright boost from Cocchi Americano and lemon juice.
One of the most popular cocktails on the menu at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon’s Ace Hotel.
Inspired by the Capitan, Catahoula bar manager Nathan Dalton swaps sweet vermouth for French vermouth in this modern version.
A citrusy winter cocktail from The Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
Game Room Highball
From the Game Room bar at the Chicago Athletic Association, a bittersweet highball.
Citrus and elderflower contrast brandy and honey in this sparkling cocktail from Rider in Seattle’s Hotel Theodore.
The Long Goodbye
Cynar takes a leading role in the Long Goodbye from Clyde Common.
Aged tequila anchors this rich swizzle from Better Sorts Social Club in Boston.
Tall, cool and refreshing, this beer cocktail from Sable Kitchen & Bar uses a light lager to add effervescence.
NoMad’s Hot Buttered Rum
Hot buttered rum recipes often require a good bit of prep, which is why we love this version from NoMad Bar.
Fresh lemon juice adds the perfect bright pop to this bold cocktail from the Living Room Bar at Charleston’s Dewberry Hotel.
From Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association, this autumnal riff on the classic Jungle Bird is unforgettable.
A floral syrup enriches the dry, herbaceous character of gin in this hibiscus cocktail from Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.
At the Ace Hotel Chicago’s rooftop bar, Caitlin Laman tempers the tropical notes of the classic Piña Colada with a hefty dose of sherry.
This bourbon cocktail from Opal in Portland’s Dossier Hotel is sublimely smooth and warming.
This & That
Inspired by the Penicillin, this recipe from Beth Willow at Seaworthy in New Orleans adds peach liqueur to the mix.
Batavia Arrack brings a subtle funkiness to this swizzle from Josephine Estelle at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans.
Cold-brew coffee brings a bittersweet acidity to this highball from the Death & Co. outpost in Denver’s Ramble Hotel.
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