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Salud! Today is National Tequila Day and we recommend heading to your favorite hotel bar after work to celebrate. To get you in the mood, here are several yummy hotel-based tequila cocktails plus a recipe if you want to party at home.
Chef’s Medicine at RED, the Steak House, Miami Beach, FL: Located in the iconic ‘South of Fifth’ neighborhood, Red, the Steakhouse’s expert mixologists will honor National Tequila Day by pouring handmade tequila creations like the zesty Chef’s Medicine cocktail: blended with Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier Cuvee 100, pineapple, fresh citrus and a cinnamon rim.
The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, Florida is boutique perfection that opened in 2013. With 55 rooms and a gorgeous interior and exterior, we practically had to be dragged out of there. While we didn’t stay overnight, we toured the property and spent quality time on site this year and last, sipping cocktails at the bar, eating in the Cuban-themed onsite restaurant Havana’s Beach Bar & Grill and gazing at the ocean from the rooftop lounge.
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It’s been a hot one, alright. Temperatures have been at record highs across much of the US, so you can be forgiven for wanting to break your summer diet to indulge in a little frozen treat.
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel (and part of Leading Hotels of the World), has come to the rescue with their Summer Ice Cream flight at Two E Lounge. You get four miniature-sized cones in these delish-sounding flavors:
- Wild Blueberry Verbena
- White Peach Raspberry
- Alphonso Mango
- White Chocolate Strawberry
And no – the frozen goodness is not over – you also get a 70% Dark Chocolate Pistachio Parfait Pop and, to carry you from serious indulgence to overindulgence, two Micro Macarons.
The Summer Ice Cream Flight ($12) is available exclusively for Summer 2015, served daily from 3 p.m. until close until September 7. Order two and dinner's done.
[Photo: The Pierre, a Taj Hotel]
We recently wrote about our affection for the resort community of Watercolor on the Northwest Florida coast – and that includes the array of cocktailing options on the property. This contributor has sampled some of Watercolor’s watering holes and here’s what I found:
The Gathering Spot: Offering sushi and cocktails with a view of the adults only pool at the Watercolor Inn & Resort, it’s an intimate spot to enjoy drinks and appetizers or a full dinner. In addition to sushi it serves a variety of options such as flatbreads, salads and shared plate options. For cocktails the strawberry drop martini, whiskey splash and sake are delicious options. Although not on the official libations menu, our bartender made a terrific spicy Bloody Mary on request and brought out some free pita chips and dips.
Hotel rooftop bars: Some are born with views, some never have any, and some have great views thrust upon them. And then there are those so breathtaking that we don’t even care how they achieved them.
Such is the case at Das Loft, the 18th-floor bar at the top of the Sofitel Vienna, with its plum view of Wien's First District and St Stephen's Cathedral. This isn't a classic rooftop bar, in the sense that it actually has a roof, and is just glass-walled, on the top floor. But with arguably the best views in the entire city, who cares about missing a bit of breeze?
While we've virtually squired you around the guest rooms and the lobby's Gordon Bar, Sixty just finished the final touches for the Sessanta ground-floor, all-day restaurant, serving coastal Italian cuisine which opens out to the Thompson Street sidewalk for al fresco dining.
The very last piece of the Sixty experience to be unveiled is A60, the hotel's famed and intimate rooftop terrace, only accessible for hotel guests and specially invited, card-carrying members. There has to be a little exclusivity left, especially when it comes to admiring this quintessential city view.
The terrace just opened yesterday and will be serving "small-plate edibles and comestible cocktails" daily from 4:30pm until "late." Not a member? Rates at the hotel start at $299 a night next weekend and that includes free WiFi, something you never would have seen in the 60T days.
[Photo: Sixty Soho]
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Detox. Yoga. Mindfulness. It feels like it’s only a few layabout hotels who don’t offer wellness options these days, but even by 2015’s modern monastery standards, this is something rather special: the San Giorgio Mykonos has opened an entirely separate “beach, restaurant and cultural offshoot” dedicated to al things boho.
Boho is the name of the game for the San Giorgio in the first place. It’s a member of Design Hotels, but a rustic member, with shabby chic rooms, a simple pool and restaurant overlooking the shoreline, and even a wooden platform to dive straight into the sea.
So far, so Greek island idyll. Here’s where it gets different: San Giorgio has just opened Scorpios, which they’re calling a “modern day agora” (where everyone used to hang out in Ancient Greece) specializing in “holistic beach culture”. It’s an interesting move for Mykonos, which is as well known for its sophisticated party scene as it is for its coastline. This sounds like it’s come straight to Greece from Goa – and, in fact, that’s one of the inspirations, along with Bali, Burning Man, the posh side of Ibiza and… Glastonbury.
Glenn Hanlon has been bartending in paradise at the Hyatt Regency Maui on Kaanapali Beach for 10 years – five of those stationed at the coolest bar along the famous Kaanapali Beach path: GrottoBar. Hidden between waterfalls in a cavern-like setting, it’s a day-drinker’s paradise offering a reprieve from the sun and an array of fruity frozen cocktails among choices like beer and wine.
We recently bellied up to the bar and spoke to Glenn about his ideal bartending gig and his thoughts on booze, hangover cures and how many drinks it takes to drown out the sound of a waterfall.
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Check the calendar today, as one month from now it will be Independence Day. There’s still plenty of time to plan your Fourth of July festivities, but if you’re looking for a suggestion—and have money to burn—look no further than the W Washington DC.
Obviously Washington, DC knows how to throw a national birthday party, and of course they will have the fireworks, the music, and plenty of patriotism. However, to take it to the next level you need to visit the rooftop bar known as POV at the W for what they’re calling Boom With A View. Here you’ll have a view of the Washington Monument, the Treasury Building, and maybe the best fireworks display in the whole country.
The other week we were outraged to see that the not-yet-open 1 Hotel Central Park was (mistakenly) advertising a $70 breakfast. The price was actually an error as breakfast is only $35 (phew!) but it did get us wondering how much we, and you, would be willing to spend on breakfast just so you wouldn't have to leave the hotel in search of food.
Now today, we have a different question--how much would you be willing to spend to go inside a hotel and have a drink?
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Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?
Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.
Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise
The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.
Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.
So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.
Chicago's rooftop bar season is right around the corner, so we're extremely excited to add a new destination on our list of late night libations multiple stories above the hustle and bustle of the streets.
As promised, The Virgin Hotel has opened the Windy City's newest destination for bird's eye drinks and nibbles with Cerise.
Remember a few weeks ago when we got a little inside scoop on the rooftop menu? Well, with two very different bars serving up summer sips with Far East flavors, the ride to the 26th floor of this vintage building will be well worth the wait. An equally Asian-inspired lite bites menu features anything from oysters and spring rolls to two different types of dumplings. (Trust us, do NOT pass on the dumplings)