FALL PREVIEW: NEW HOTEL BARS TO SIP AT WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Now that it’s almost October, most of the Northern Hemisphere will be getting chillier, and drinking and dining will move indoors accordingly. There are several new hotels that happen to have beautiful bars, perfect for you to sip cocktails this season. Read on to discover some exciting, new places to drink at around the world.
This new luxury hotel in Paris’ Marais district merges two unlikely concepts; religious heritage and daring design. The result is a monastic aesthetic which features stained-glass window, vaulted archways and gothic-style candelabras. The hotel blends elegant and sexy, and its bar is a decked out in seductive red velvet with enticing drinks to match. Try their Purpura Corde which is made with Caol Ila whisky infused with hazelnuts, Chambord Royal, cranberry juice, fresh blackberries and egg white. Or try their Novae Terrae which is made with Vida Mezcal, green Chartreuse, Maraschino, lemon juice and home-made cilantro syrup.
It’s still al fresco drinking weather for some time in Barcelona, so I recommend visiting Sir Victor’s The Rooftop for an afternoon or evening tipple. Here you’ll be able to enjoy cocktails while directly overlooking Gaudí’s Casa Milà and La Sagrada Familia. Their Bee Negroni is tasty for colder weather made with Campari, Bombay Sapphire Gin infused with chamomile, vermouth macerated with bee pollen, lemon flower bio honey and citrus bitters. It’s the herbaceous and honey-filled panacea you need for fall. Pair that with their delicious fermented heart of palm, avocado and young coconut ceviche to enjoy a tasty afternoon snack and drink.
39° is a bar that’s a new incarnation of the legendary après Aspen ski bar 39 Degrees which was at the former Sky Hotel. Now it’s located on the ground floor of the new W Aspen as a cocktail bar and grotto, a place where “Aspen’s Red Light District legacy comes to life.” The menu features lots of inventive cocktails and bar food that excites your palate with sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors. Their Spiked Cucumber Splash with grapefruit and rose vodka is a crowd pleaser and you can’t go with bites like mirin tiger prawns and crab dip with duck sauce. This fall and winter this is the newest spot to drink and warm up after a day of skiing.
So, you want to actually escape the fall weather and go have cocktails somewhere warm? Head to Avani + in Samui for a warm drinking experience with cocktails served in a bar unlike you’ve ever seen before. The drinks here are served out of a beverage pool truck where the “roof” has been opened up and the cocktails are listed across it. Here you can sip cocktails made from local fruits blended with premium spirits, while overlooking the ocean. The drinks are inspired by the region and provide a welcome escape from the colder season.
In the mood for drinks in a setting with a real wow factor? Look no further than the new Intercontinental in Lyon. Here you will imbibe under a giant dome, as the name of the hotel would indicate. The cocktail menu showcases “revolutionary, and imaginative drinks, interblending a strong local influence with international creativity.” The cocktail menu travels around the world in flavor and liquors, for example their strong and tangy Zombie Tiki made with Appleton Estate rum, Wray & Nephew rum 63°, lime, grapefruit, cinnamon and pomegranate is a nod to Tiki, while their Para Todo Mal Mezcal made with Amores Mezcal infused with combava and ginger jam embodies Mexican cocktail culture. Cocktails in a spectacular setting, what more can you ask for this fall?