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The Long Bar: High style almost overshadows the pricey drinks
In case you hadn’t noticed: cigars and hotels are a combination that’s all the rage right now. Fresh off our visit to London Fashion Week’s epicentre that is The May Fair Hotel, word comes that Le Royal Monceau Paris (part of Raffles Hotels & Resorts) is opening Le Club Viñales this fall.
Before you get your calendar out and start planning a visit, Le Club Viñales will be members-only, a “sanctuary for the happy few”. Those who are lucky enough to get inside will find leather club chairs, books, and international magazines, as well as a private terrace for the summer months.
Talking Stick Resort in Arizona has bragging rights not many other resorts can claim. This luxury resort has its own bourbon. It's officially called the Woodford Reserve Talking Stick Resort Personal Selection Bourbon--a mouthful of a name. The beverage, which will be sold in the resort’s Shadows Lounge, an indoor cigar bar, will debut on September 14.
The group of Talking Stick representatives who helped create the bourbon visited Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve Distillery where they worked with Chris Morris, master distiller. We are sure that an appropriate amount of tasting and mixing occurred, all in the name of providing a quality product for Talking Stick guests.
On the September 14th debut, guests can sample the bourbon during three tastings scheduled at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
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How much would we love it if the lobby at Hyatt 48Lex was our office? A lot. But how much work would we actually be getting done? Debatable.
The hotel has just launched a new members-only club for non-guests looking to use the hotel as a temporary office. Remind you a little of Westin's rentable hives? We thought the same thing.
The deal is this: business professionals who sign up for membership with Lex Club (and, be warned, there's a limited number of those available) will then be granted use of the hotel's entire second floor, including the four boardrooms and, of course, Lexicon Lounge, which, you will recall, with its long communal wooden table, cozy chairs, and fancy-pants coffee machine, is certainly not the worst of lobbies to end up in.
Since it opened in 1920, Chicago’s legendary Drake Hotel has always served up music in the background, as if it were a necessary feature of the posh, palatial scene. We’ve heard the harpist during afternoon tea in the grand Palm Court (so did Queen Elizabeth and Diana the Princess of Wales) and we’ve caught lounge acts and huge cocktails at Coq D’Or bar. But now, we’re going with more intention as The Drakes music steps out of the shadows for NextGenJazz, a three-month series featuring the freshest jazz playas in town.
Formed as a partnership between The Drake and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and sponsored by Chicago Jazz Magazine, NextGenJazz is all about spotlighting rising talent as a way for Chicagoans and visitors to more easily experience the latest jazz in Chicago. The Drake is perfect to house the show, too, with its magical way of making the classics cool.
In many cases, the most exclusive hotel cocktail haunts (Bungalow 8, et al.) adhere to a hard and fast rule: If you're not on the list, don't bother sashaying up to the velvet rope, no matter how high your Louboutins. One of London's staple mixology lounges, however, has 86'ed the "Members Only" maxim in favor of a "come one, come all" approach to coincide with its recent reopening post-renovation.
Fact, plain and simple: London is not a cocktail town. A proper pint Londoners know, but the art of the mixed drink sometimes eludes those tending to liqueurs behind the bar. In recent years, however, a few chic speakeasies dedicated to crafting Prohibition era-inspired concoctions have opened their doors to discerning drinkers, raising the standard for cocktails in a city where ales and ciders rule.
Hotels are catching up in kind, with mixologists going for top-shelf gold with creative, original drink menus that shame those who dare order a Cosmopolitan as they sidle up to their boozy companions for the evening. And Appletinis? Don't even think about it. What follows are three hotels bars making an effort to reverse London's mediocre cocktail reputation and give it the cred to compete with the likes of New York. We'll drink to that.
Cocktails and Chanel Retrospectives — the perfect combo
Taschen and Assouline have won acclaim for releasing gorgeous fashion, art, and design tomes, going head to head for prominence in the realm of luxe book publishers. It seemed that the former had a leg up when the Trump Soho decided to stock its library with mint condition Taschen books, but Assouline is playing catch up as London's Halkin hotel welcomes the Assouline Culture Lounge to its lobby bar.
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We took a whirlwind tour through the newly-operational (well, almost operational) Hyatt 48Lex on Thursday morning. Amidst construction workers, multiple staff trainings, and other private tours, we got to peek the hotel's first-floor restaurant, Lexington Brass, the second-floor lounge area, Lexicon Lounge (above), and several of the rooms.
What struck us most, however, was the $15,000 WMF Bistro coffeemaker we spotted in the Lexicon Lounge. Not only will this machine be available to guests throughout their stay, they will even be able to use it to make coffee for themselves. Free coffee for all!
Looking for a quiet place to catch up on your coffeetable book reading? Head to Trump Soho's Library, a cozy lounge area wrapped in cherry blossom wallpaper, located on the mezzanine floor. Though you're welcome to bring your own reading material—or make use of the Library's own backgammon board—you're better off browsing the wall full of mint condition Taschen books.
From Helmut Newton to Gustav Klimt, it would take years to properly absorb all the stunning images contained in each heavy-as-a-brick volume. We had a soft spot for the Favourite Hotels publication, but hey, to each his own.
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It's nearly summer and you know what that means--hotel rooftop party time! And now, it looks like we have a new addition to our NYC Hotel Rooftops list--Above 6 at Six Columbus from Thompson Hotels, which is now open.
Following in the footsteps of its sister hotels and their own rooftop lounges--60 Thompson (Above 60), Thompson LES (Above Allen), Thompson Beverly Hills (Above TBH), and Donovan House (Above DC or ADC)--Above 6 will feature killer views of the city (duh) but also a retractable roof, making it all-weather friendly and saucy alcoholic concoctions from the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill (also located at the bottom of the hotel.)
The menu features a selection of bespoke refreshments such as the Hummingbird, (Avinyo Cava, St. Germain, Club Soda, and Yama Momo), reinventions of old standards such as the Siberian Sunrise (Zyr Vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice), and a carefully curated selection of sakes, wines, and spirits to compliment the breezy summer evenings.
We've told you before Hotel Indigo San Diego's Parlor Suites, which give you a sweet view of Petco Park. But if you end up in a room that doesn't face the Padres action, or aren't staying at the hotel at all, you can still watch some ball.
For Wednesday's Padres vs. Braves game, we hung out at the hotel's Level 9 lounge, which, not coincidentally, is on the ninth floor. The outdoor lounge, which also contains a grassy area for pets and a reflective pool, has a prime spot facing the ball park.
San Diego's Hotel Solamar is throwing a series of parties that would make Twilight's Jacob and his werewolf pack bare their teeth. The hotel will celebrate the lunar cycle with monthly full-moon parties on its fourth-floor rooftop terrace.
For each party, the terrace bar LOUNGEsix will be gussied up with lights. Plus, the moonlit evening will feature a different drink special and some form of entertainment, whether it be a DJ, band or some other music. It would be enough to make Bella swoon and join Team Jacob.