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8 Bars Where You Can Spend the Night

1. Ba Hao
8 Bars Where You Can Spend the Night
Staying directly above a bar might seem like a great way to lose a good night’s sleep, but bars have long been ideal stopovers for weary travelers. In fact, in medieval Europe, alehouses were a sure bet for a bed, some food, and home-brewed beer. Today, there is the noise to consider, and it’s unlikely you’ll find a full-service spa or much in the way of an official concierge. However, if you’re a night owl who loves old historic saloons, someone eager to travel for rare craft brew releases, or a social solo adventurer who’s quick to make new friends, staying directly above a bar could actually be the perfect place to lay your head. From Bangkok to Brooklyn, Cusco to Chicago, there are drinking establishments all over the world that let you sleep on top of the bar (in a manner of speaking). Check into one of these eight cool spots, and you won’t have to dread last call.
By Jenny Adams , AFAR Local Expert
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    1. Ba Hao
    1. Ba Hao

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Ba Hao bar in Thailand’s Chinatown feels like belongs in 1920s Shanghai. The atmospheric space features backlit bottles of exotic spirits and tiny tables that barely accommodate the shared plates of elevated Chinese street food. Nibble the Jian Bing, crepes stuffed with minced pork and crispy tofu, and sip the Opium, a classic Negroni updated with Chinese ginseng and fragrant herbs. A staircase along the wall leads up to the Santiphap (pictured) and Maitri Chit rooms, two Airbnb spaces. Each room features Thai touches, like lounging cushions on the floor, local textiles, and plant-strewn balconies, as well as industrial accents like subway-tiled bathrooms and chic, leather seating.

    Location Perks: Ba Hao is located on the tiny alley of Soi Nana, an oasis of cocktail culture that is home to some of the best bars in the city. Make sure to visit Teens of Thailand and Tep Bar, too.

    From $116

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    2. Gralehaus
    2. Gralehaus

    Louisville, Kentucky

    The European-style pub Gralehaus occupies the first floor of a refurbished Victorian home built in 1905, and on sunny days, there’s nothing more relaxing than drinking al fresco on the porch or in the front yard. The most beloved menu items here are the biscuit with duck gravy and the lamb with grits, and each is reason enough get a room upstairs and sleep off your full belly. In 2015, a year after opening, Gralehouse finished an entire refurbishment of its second level, opening three rooms above the bar. Each features a design by the local home decor store, SCOUT, that plays off the warmth of original exposed brick walls with olive, toffee, and copper tones; thick, honey-colored velvet curtains; and industrial, bare-bulb chandeliers.

    Little Liquid Extras: Fancy a shot of Irish whiskey in your morning coffee? You get free drink tokens with every stay.

    From $150

    Photo by Jessica Fey
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    3. The Brooklyn Public House
    3. The Brooklyn Public House

    Brooklyn, New York

    Located in Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene neighborhood, this barroom, with its pressed tin ceilings and warm, pendant lighting, has long been a beloved local hangout. On nice days, you can people watch from the outdoor tables on Dekalb Avenue, and inside, the owners’ love of sports means “the game” is always on. The menu favors British pub staples, including shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as an American favorite: cheddar-laden nachos. The bar owners act as landlords for the wonderfully affordable apartment rental upstairs. Comfortably sleeping eight, it offers three bedrooms, four beds, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a washer/dryer, and a large eat-in kitchen—it’s the perfect base for your next New York group adventure.

    Bacon-Lover’s Delight: “Our burger is the most popular menu item,” says co-owner Andriana Spence. It’s topped with arugula, cheddar, tomato and bacon relish, with a house-made bacon mayo, too.

    From $300

    Courtesy of Brooklyn Public House
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    4. Longman & Eagle
    4. Longman & Eagle

    Chicago, Illinois

    Longman & Eagle executive chef Joshua Mutchnick has a knack for nose-to-tail. His Slagel Bone Marrow with scallion chimichurri, bacon jam, and toasted sourdough is a refined, hearty must-order. Be sure to pair it with something from the new Japanese-designed highball machine, which carbonates water to nearly twice the bubble-level of champagne. The whiskey-focused tavern on Logan Square sees a lot of locals, but it also rolls out a warm welcome for overnight visitors. The six beautifully appointed guest rooms are hardly a secret, but most visitors actually hear about the space above while visiting the bar below. The motif is artsy-meets-retro, with reclaimed wood headboards, bright artwork, and analog accents—like cassette-tape consoles.

    Bonus Points: Guests receive two tokens in their room to try any of the bar’s selection of $3 whiskey pours.

    From $95

    Photo by Clayton Hauck
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    5. The Fallen Angel
    5. The Fallen Angel

    Cuzco, Peru

    Like something pulled from Salvador Dalí’s mind, this nightclub and restaurant is a surrealist’s daydream. With dozens of multi-artist installations that dangle from the ceiling and rise up from the floor, drinking here is a full sensory experience like no other. The design is meant to tell a fictional story of a fallen angel reborn as a human, and the center room features a towering metal sculpture of an archangel and disco balls that twirl over the brass beds that have been reimagined as seating. Sink further into the experience with an overnight stay in one of the five suites, each of which is based around a different color theme. The Passion Room is bathed in a red light, with slightly deviant, abstract art. The Yellow Room has a carved giraffe encased in glass and a gilded Victorian couch. The White Room includes a lofted bedroom, accessible via an ornate spiral staircase. There are no bad choices here.

    Altitude Cures: One of the best ways to acclimate to Cuzco’s staggering altitude is to drink coca tea. The bar here uses the leaves in infusions for cocktails, as well as fresh fruit and local Piscos.

    From $300

    Courtesy of The Fallen Angel
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    6. Portobello Road Gin’s “The Distillery”
    6. Portobello Road Gin’s “The Distillery”

    London, United Kingdom

    Tucked away in posh Notting Hill, the Portobello Road Gin distillery makes gin that features a blend of nine botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander seed, citrus, and nutmeg. In late 2016, this small brand opened The Distillery—a four-level, multi-purpose concept that includes two bars, a museum, a shop, and a gin-making experience known as The Ginstitute. The true treat is securing one of the three boutique guest rooms. Each has a signature minibar with Portobello Road gin and shiny bar tools, a record player and curated vinyl collections, and large windows that look out onto one of London’s most iconic neighborhoods.

    Party Possibilities: Why go out? You can throw your own cocktail party on the roof by renting The Boardroom—The Distillery’s private party space.

    From $205

    Courtesy of Portobello Road Gin
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    7. Redfish
    7. Redfish

    Port Orford, Oregon

    Situated just feet from the crashing Pacific Ocean, with rugged coastline and thick forests stretching out on either side, Redfish restaurant has one of the most stunning views in North America. With the upstairs Loft, it’s also ideal if you want rest and relaxation first and foremost. The restaurant’s bar skews upscale, so you can enjoy a bottle of wine downstairs without worrying that you’ll be awoken later by rowdy partying. The Loft is an impressive luxury suite featuring a deep bathtub, stone balconies, premium linens, and uninterrupted views of southern Oregon’s natural beauty.

    An Investment-Piece Souvenir: Adjoining the restaurant, the onsite Hawthorne Gallery displays museum-quality contemporary fine art from select artists.

    From $200

    Courtesy of Redfish
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    8. R Bar
    8. R Bar

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    This Faubourg Marigny dive is an institution for a cold beer on a hot night. Two blocks from popular Frenchman Street, R Bar features quirky theme nights, which have included “Paint Along with Bob Ross,” weekend crawfish boils, and a wonderfully weird Monday special: For $10, you get a shot and a haircut. Better still, the Royal Street Inn’s five suites are above the bar. For the most part, the downstairs noise is offset by original hardwood floors, four-poster beds, and sultry, baroque furnishings, but you may still want to pack earplugs. Then again, chances are you didn’t come to New Orleans to sleep, right?

    Digital Humor: The website descriptions offer a taste of the establishment’s personality. The Storyville Suite, for example, is listed as “Ideal for celebrating your honeymoon . . . or getting over your divorce with the aid of Old Mr. Corn.”

    From $169

    Courtesy of the Royal Street Inn
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