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Today is the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and, to commemorate, the newly-opened Viceroy New York is launching a Cartender program so that you might party like it's 1933 .
From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. every day the Cartender will kick-off happy hour in the hotel's Library. The vintage bar cart will be filled with a rotating selection of complimentary petite-cocktails from the hotel's ground-floor Kingside restaurant by Gerber Group. You don't have to be a guest to grab a cocktail but there is a limit of two per person; better that way, the Viceroy's far too pretty to get sloppy in.
While we may be a little over hearing how the European attitude to alcohol is so much more refined than that of Americans, we have to admit we couldn't see this new "Dishonesty Hour" service by Paris' Pavillon de la Reine translating so well across the pond. Free liquor can go far wronger than a mere wine hour.
The recently inaugurated Dishonesty Hour at the Honesty Bars at the Pavillon de la Reine and its two sister hotels -- the literary-themed Le Pavillon des Lettres and Christian Lacroix-designed Hôtel du Petit Moulin in Paris -- runs every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. Typically, guests are invited to help themselves to the bar, write down what they make and receive the bill later, but at Dishonesty Hour guests can shake, stir and pour their own drinks to their heart's content, completely free of charge.
A mere hour it may be, but we still think this demands an awful amount of restraint.
Photo: Pavillon de la Reine]
The Beaufort Bar at Savoy
While some hotel rooftops continue to go strong no matter how far the mercury drops, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere you will have in most cases – reluctantly or not – headed indoors to seek refuge from winter by now. As much as we love being outdoors on a balmy summer evening, curling up inside with a drink during the colder months, roaring fire possibly nearby, has a charm all its own.
Here are four London hotel bars we will be heading to until the daffodils come out to play again.
The Refinery Rooftop is partitioned into three sections: indoor, outdoor and indoor/outdoor. We can't wait to watch the snow falling against the retractable glass roof over the indoor-outdoor section while sipping a new fall cocktails by resident spirit sorcerer, Alex Ott -- we like the Fall Spice Margarita.
The Gansevoort Park Rooftop features a 40-ft indoor/outdoor heated rooftop swimming pool with wrap-around terraces, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and striking city views of the Empire State Building. For the truly winter-averse, the Park Lounge offers an indoor retreat floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Park Avenue.
The partying at the Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking never stops -- not even in the freezing winter thanks to its indoor/outdoor terrace with retractable glass roof.
A truly year-round destination, Jimmy at the James has cozy fireplaces to keep you warm -- before or after making use of the private rooftop pool and outdoor showers.
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Looking at cocktails menus these days, it’s clear bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves), are shaking and stirring drinks intended to warm your insides—perfect for the crisp, fall weather many of us are experiencing.
These are some seasonal sips from some of our favorite hotel bars.
If you’ve never heard of “Movember” before, you can read about the male mustache-focused charity here. This year the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is supporting the cause with its Whiskey & Whiskers drink served at their Bernard’s bar. 20% of the proceeds from the $16 drink will be donated to the Movember Foundation. We love the mustache-stencil garnish created with sprinkles of ginger-cinnamon powder.
We haven't quite managed to get a peek inside the 285 guestrooms of the recently opened, Stonehill + Taylor-designed NYLO NYC, but we have, at least, checked out their lobby bar, which goes by the name of LOCL.
We stopped by on weekday afternoon to find plenty of available seating at all four of the bar's differently styled areas. First there's the sidewalk café, accessible through a large glass garage door:
Then there's the library,stocked with locally appropriate books and a chess table; the main bar is surrounded by exposed brick and metal, and finally, there's the piano lounge, filled with chairs and sofas of different colored fabrics and a bright red piano -- that's where we settled in.
So, you know which hotel bar has the best scotch collection, but, with apple season in full swing, perhaps you have a hankering for a good Calvados.
In that case, may we recommend you head up to the Intercontinental New York Barclay's Barclay Bar, where, with 92 labels this season, you'll find the country's biggest collection of apple brandy of Normandy France.
At first we wondered if we would soon be witness to a hotel whisky death match in Edinburgh, then we realized: it's Scotland, there's room for more than one whisky hotel.
The whisky, which is named Nira Caledonia, comes from Tullibardine, a single-malt distillery in the Perthshire region that has been in operation since 1949. It is an Aged Oak Single Malt with cereal and vanilla tones with a slight fruitiness, and the hotel's bar, Blackwood's, is the only place in Edinburgh where you can try it.
Sip the Pink Cotton Candy Cocktail in support of breast cancer research
As we mentioned last week, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many hotels are "Thinking Pink", offering packages and programs to support breast cancer research. This week, you can do your part to help in this simple, but fun way--ordering these hotels' blush-hued beverages. Cool cocktails for a cause? We're so in!
The Pinkellini cocktail at deca bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is a sweet and sour sipper of sour cherries, yuzu, lime and tangerine juices added to Brut Champagne. The cocktail is $14 and half of the proceeds for each drink will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation, a local breast cancer research initiative.
During daily happy hour this month, the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco's Brasserie S&P bar will feature an assortment of pink drinks like the Victorian Drop made with Purity vodka, rose water, lemon, and hibiscus rose sugar. $1 from each beverage will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The restaurants and Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills will shake up limited edition Pink Stoli Strawberry Cosmo cocktails. They're made with Stoli Strawberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice. Order this sipper to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
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Keeping with our series of bending the ear of our favorite barkeeps, we recently had the opportunity to find out what NoMI Lounge Manager and bartender, Kevin Beary, at the Park Hyatt Chicago thinks about the industry's preferred poisons.
HotelChatter: So, what's your bar-tending journey?
Kevin Beary: I started my hotel bar career at the historic Bellevue in Philadelphia and moved to the iconic Clover Club.
HC: NoMI is quite the destination in Chicago, with an ideal location and great reputation, what is your thought process when designing a new cocktail menu?
KB: A new cocktail list is like the first day of school. It's a little nerve racking but exciting at the same time. It allows me to be creative yet still stay true to the NoMI experience.
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It's crazy to think that a hotel that can offer a view like this would keep it covered up, but, until this summer, that's exactly what the Novotel New York Times Square was doing.
Luckily Stonehill + Taylor, the design firm behind the NoMad, Refinery, and Ace Hotels, got hold of the Novotel Time Square (the European brand's only U.S. property) and, as well as giving the rooms a characteristically hip new look, also opened up the 5,700-square foot seventh-floor wraparound terrace into the beauty you see now. Behold the new Supernova bar.
Leona Helmsley had a reputation for mean-spiritedness, and was famously known as the "Queen of Mean," but there was something sweet about the tyrannical hotelier -- a small, white, fluffy Maltese named Trouble, who, herself, was a very rich lady.
Helmsley, who was the original owner of the 909-room The New York Palace, demanded that Trouble be called "the princess," never "the dog," and bequeathed the pampered pup a $12 million dollar trust fund when she died in 2007. The New York Palace, as part of the luxury hotel's $140 million renovation, has just opened a new bar named Trouble's Trust in honor of the pooch.