World's Best Hotel Bars
Collected by Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
Bars are ubiquitous to hotels across the world, but in some cases the bar elevates the hotel to a new level with its coolness. From sipping martinis at the Top of the Standard in New York to soaking up the atmosphere over a tumbler of whiskey at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, here are our picks for the best hotel bars in the world.
The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Panoramic views of the New York skyline, classic cocktails, live jazz and an interior that would make even Marie Antoinette blush. Formerly known as the Boom Boom Room, this top floor bar and lounge offers the best that New York has to offer. Try...
Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
3-7-1-2, ３丁目-７ 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Immortalized on celluloid in the film Lost in Translation, the modernist property spreads across the upper floors of the three connecting granite, steel, and glass columns of Shinjuku Park Tower. The 770-foot building rises in a succession of...
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK
Having built the Savoy Theatre, English agent Richard D’Oyly Carte opened a nearby hotel in 1889 to accommodate wealthy American patrons who came to see the venue’s celebrated Gilbert & Sullivan operas. In years since, the hotel...
1 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The majestic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor was Siem Reap's first hotel and it remains the city's grande dame. If you're not staying here, it's worth heading to the elegant Elephant Bar for a cocktail so you can snoop around this regal old...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Step into Orient-Express’s flagship Cape Town hotel The Mount Nelson, locally called ‘The Nellie’, in its central garden setting for cool cocktails with the movie crowd and others. Sit inside, or outside on the terrace of the hotel’s funky ‘Planet...
Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5, 1051 Hungary
It's hard to say what's more appealing about the ultraluxurious Four Seasons Gresham Palace, an imposing art nouveau hotel on the banks of the Danube. It could be the fantastic location, right on the Pest side of the city's iconic Chain Bridge, or...
1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
The hotel is scheduled to close completely for renovations beginning in December 2017. It is currently set to reopen in mid-2018. A hotel whose name is instantly recognizable, the Raffles Singapore is pure colonial confection, a landmark...
999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
One of the best places to grab a drink with a view in San Francisco, or the world, is the iconic cocktail bar atop the Mark Hopkins Hotel. The classy spot features panoramic views of the city along with excellent martinis and sometimes live music....