Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Best Hotel Bars in USA

No 1. The Ritz-Carlton, Boston: The Bar



Average Cost Of Martini: $13
House Champagne: Mumm Cuvee Napa Sparkling Wine, $10 per glass; Signature Champagne: The Ritz Brut Champagne, $14 per glass
Head Bartender: Bruce Kennedy
Hours Of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 11:30 A.M. - 1 A.M.; Sunday, 12 P.M. - 12 A.M.; bar menu served from 11:30 A.M. - 11:30 P.M.
Clientele: Students (usually with their parents); residents of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay on a regular basis; tourists, shoppers and hotel guests.



No 2. The Peninsula, Chicago: The Bar



Average Cost Of Martini: $13
House Champagne: Champagne Deutz, $18 per glass
Head Bartender: NA; Bar Manager: James Pierce
Hours Of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 3 P.M. - 1 A.M.; Friday, 3 P.M. - 2 A.M.; Saturday, 12 P.M. - 2 A.M.; Sunday, 12 P.M. - 1 A.M.
Clientele: Hip locals, businesspeople and hotel guests, mainly in their late 20s.



No 3. Four Seasons Hotel: Houston, Lobby Lounge



Average Cost Of Martini: $9
House Champagne: Gloria Ferrer (sparkling wine), $10 per glass, $44 per bottle; Louis Roederer (true Champagne), $16 per glass, $72 per bottle
Head Bartender: Benito Garcia
Hours Of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 4 P.M. - 12 A.M.; Friday, 4 P.M. - 1 A.M.; Saturday, 5 P.M - 1 A.M.; closed Sunday
Clientele: Business professionals and well-heeled members of the theater/opera set, as well as sports fans on game nights.




No 4. The Peninsula, Beverly Hills: The Club Bar



Average Cost Of Martini: $11
House Champagne: Veuve Clicquot
Head Bartender: Shannon Ronalds
Hours Of Operation: 12 P.M. - 1 A.M. daily
Clientele: Entertainment moguls, finance execs and local residents mingle starting at 5 P.M. for happy hour. The late-night bar crowd comes around 10:30 P.M.




No 5. Four Seasons Hotel: Miami, 14-Thirty-Five




Average Cost Of Martini: $12
House Champagne: Louis Roederer Brut Premier. Reims NV
Head Bartender: N/A Bar Manager: Gary Timmons
Hours Of Operation: 4 P.M. - 11 P.M. Sunday - Thursday; 4 P.M. - 12 A.M. Friday - Saturday
Clientele: Hotel guests (business and leisure travelers) as well as a younger crowd who comes after working out at The Sports Club/LA Miami, which is located in the same building.


No 6.The Carlyle: New York, Bemelmans Bar



Average Cost Of Martini: $13
House Champagne: Taittinger
Head Bartender: Audrey Saunders
Hours Of Operation: Monday - Saturday, 12 P.M. - 2 A.M.; Sunday, 12 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Clientele: Very eclectic and mixed--some young, some older, some celebrities, some locals--attracted by the piano music and Ludwig Bemelmans' whimsical murals

No 7. Intercontinental Mark Hopkins:San Francisco, Top of the Mark



Average Cost Of Martini: $10
House Champagne: Domaine Chandon
Head Bartender: David Major
Hours Of Operation: weekdays, 5 P.M - 12 A.M.; weekends, 4 P.M. - 1 A.M.
Clientele: Diverse crowd, mix of tourists and professionals. Primarily people in their late 20s to late 60s. Best views in town. Martinis are pretty darn good, too.


No 8. Fairmont Olympic Hotel:Seattle, The Terrace



Average Cost Of Martini: $10.50
House Champagne: Mo√ęt Chandon
Head Bartender: Michael Vezzoni
Hours Of Operation: Sunday - Thursday, 11 A.M. - 12 A.M.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 A.M. - 1 A.M.
Clientele: Mixture of travelers/tourists and local business people. Age varies, but odds are you'll be able to tell the Microsoft employees from those who work for Boeing.


No 9.The Windsor Arms Hotel:Toronto, Club 22



Average Cost Of Martini: $7.55
House Champagne: Veuve Clicquot
Head Bartender: James Skwarek
Hours Of Operation: 12 P.M. - 2 A.M. daily
Clientele: Very eclectic mix, lots of celebs and rock stars. Some businesspeople, locals and couples. A very cool, hip place, with attractive young people and thirtysomethings.


No 10. The Hay-Adams:Washington, D.C. Off the Record Bar



Average Cost Of Martini: $11
House Champagne: Piper Sonoma
Head Bartender: John Boswell
Hours Of Operation: Sunday - Friday, 11 A.M. - 12 A.M.; Saturday, 11 A.M. - 12:30 A.M.
Clientele: a lot of White House staffers and White House press corps; primarily people in their 30s and 40s.

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