It’s rumored that Stephen King was inspired by this moody deco bar for a scene in The Shining that he penned while staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
The Cruise Room in the historic Oxford Hotel is an authentic post-Prohibition bar with its original chrome and neon, drenching the walls with a stirring pink hue. Score a booth, select a Louis Armstrong tune on the free jukebox that actually plays records, order a dirty martini, or three, or four. If you get drunk enough, you may see Jack Nicholson perched at the bar.
If you go when it’s snowing, sneak out down the hall to McCormick’s. When the snow comes down, Irish Coffees are only a buck.