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Conrad Hilton

The Finest Bar in Fort Lauderdale to Grab a Drink
Like the best friend that never fails you, The Atlas Cocktail Lounge in the lobby of the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is hands-down the best place to get a drink in the evening.

There is something mesmerizing about the cool blue of the bar backdrop: the continents of the world are etched beautifully on this wall. I think of it as a map for grown ups who are encouraged to exploring the drink menu in lieu of the world: a carefully-assembled constellation of bottles greets you at the bar.

The menu is impressive by any standards. My family was there for a brief day en route to Disney World, and we sampled the cheese platter and a perfectly-poured Cucumber Gin & Tonic made with elderflower and hops.

On another night, I had the Old Cuban, a beautifully-crafted drink made with lime juice, Angostura bitters, mint leaves and sparkling wine. It was a creation that even Amy Stewart, the author of, "The Drunken Botanist," would have been proud of.

The 290 all-suite resort is quite new, having opened late in 2017, and the feel of the building is decidedly mint.

The location of the hotel is ideal: you face the Atlantic, and at night the view can be a magical one with cruise liners dotting the horizon. While people arrive at all hours of the day to check in, the Atlas Lounge is far removed from the concierge desk (even though it's in the lobby of the hotel), so you feel as though you have your own private space.

We managed to meet new friends and were also pleased that the bar menu featured dinner items like pizzettas and even caviar--which is rare and also gratifying, especially when you're traveling with a five-year-old.

The service is excellent, and there's beautiful ambient music and a general feeling of spirited living, which is all so Floridian.