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Could Mykonos' New 'Agora' Be Any More Boho?

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  Site Where: Paraga, Mykonos, Greece, 85600
June 9, 2015 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Confessions of a Hotel Bartender, Vol 8: GrottoBar at the Hyatt Regency Maui

June 5, 2015 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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W Washington DC Has The Ultimate Fourth Fireworks Package

June 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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How Much Would You Pay for a Drink at a Hotel?

Where: 20 W. 53rd Street [map], New Yor, NY, United States, 10019
June 2, 2015 at 7:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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Upstairs Downstairs at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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What It's Like Up On The Virgin Hotel Rooftop in Chicago

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  Site Where: 203 N. Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
May 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

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)

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Toast the General Election with a Cocktail Coalition at the Conrad London St James

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  Site Where: 22-28 Broadway, London, United Kingdom, SW1H 0BH
May 7, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

An all-party cocktail coalition

Royal Baby fever is over in the UK; it’s the General Election today, the most confusing and closely contested political battle in recent history. If you have any about being told how to vote (possibly more irritating: the “I don’t care who you vote for, just vote!!!” martyrs), we suggest you stay off Facebook today, and make instead for the Conrad London St James, where the Blue Boar bar (yes, the one that just gave champagne away in a fit of #royalbabyfever) is mixing up political cocktails all night long.

The Blue Boar is, of course, a popular bar with MPs, what with being right around the corner from the Houses of Parliament. Luckily, they’ll all be in their constituencies tonight, so it’s safe to go down for the election party.

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Andaz Tokyo Refreshes Rooftop Bar, Adds New Sushi Counter

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  Site Where: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
April 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The rooms, lap pool, reception, rooftop bar – everywhere we turned at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills there were pretty stellar views of the Japanese capital, so much so that it won our award for best killer view last year, just six months after it opened (and we walked through the front door). As fresh and sprightly as it may be, the hotel has already made some changes to the highest point from which to enjoy those views: the rooftop bar.

Above what you will find today on the open air terrace, which is a major difference with what we saw last year – and we think it’s for the better. Where previously you had a set of standing tables, a few groups of chairs nearer the windows, and some beach-y furniture (scroll down for an impression), there are now much better defined seating areas in a stylish mix of dark wood and cream, with warmer lighting.

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When in Rome, at Aperitivo Hour, Come to the Hotel Corner

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  Site Where: Viale Aventino, Rome, Italy
April 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

One concept that’s huge in Rome: the aperitivo hour, between around 5-8pm, when bars serve platters of free food (sfizi) alongside spritzes and proseccos.

One concept that’s not huge in Rome: the hotel bar. Why go to a boring hotel bar when you could sit with the beautiful people in Piazza di Pietra?

But when in Rome, you don’t always have to, you know – at least not at the Hotel Corner, slightly out of the centre, between the Circus Maximus and Piramide.

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An Icy 'Iron Throne' Is Now a Real Thing In Midtown Manhattan

April 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

We do not have to tell fans of Game of Thrones that season five is hitting HBO this weekend, but we did figure it was worth mentioning that the Iron Throne is now a real thing ready for your visit.

It’s the latest addition inside Minus5 Ice Bar located at the Hilton Midtown New York, and it just might make a great stop before or after your season premiere viewing party.

The throne is made of around 1,000 pounds of ice, and apparently it’s even better than the ice we get here in the nifty fifty—this stuff is 100% pure Canadian ice. Of course photo opportunities are available, and visitors can even choose from white or black fur jackets that fit right in with those who would be considered royal citizens of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Keep Your Booze Bottle at the Bottle Keep at Glasgow's Blythswood Square Hotel

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  Site Where: No.11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 4AD
April 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

About a year ago the barkeeps at Glasgow’s Blythswood Square hotel (part of The Town House Collection) had the brainiac idea to house a whisky Bottle Keep in The Salon for locals and guests who visit the bar on a regular basis. The set-up is super simple: Buy a bottle at the bar, ranging in price from 135 GBP to 2,500 GBP, store your golden liquid in the hotel’s Bottle Keep, and drinks will appear upon request.

With your purchase you get a session with a skilled bartender who will tell you the proper way to drink your purchase – for example, who knew that Johnny Walker Blue Label (250 GBP) is properly served with shaved ice and water? – or the mixologist will create a signature cocktail tailored just for you, preferably made with your newly-purchased Haig Club whisky (135 GBP).

Why this whisky, you may ask? One reason is that one of the owners is – still-hunky after all these years – David Beckham, but perhaps the more-important reason is that this whisky, only launched a few months ago, is lighter and less sweet than your standard Scotch.

In other words, it’s made specifically for the cocktail lover. This recipe is stored with your bottle and you can partake of it whenever you’re in a cocktail mood.

If, however, whiskies are not your thing, don’t despair. The Salon has a wide array of delicious cocktails on offer, and all can be found in the recently-begotten Bar Book. Already in its third installment since the hotel opened in 2009, the book is a collection of cocktails unique to the hotel along with some classics that have withstood cocktail culture’s test of time.

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Bubbles & Cocktails in the Champagne Room at London's The Connaught

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  Site Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 2AL
March 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Right around this time last year, we saw first-hand what happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same London hotel bar: a double feature of Confessions of a Hotel Bartender and six specially-selected cocktails to drink your way through.

The bar at The Connaught, where all of this went down, was packed during Colin Field’s week long residence in Agostino Perrone’s home, but it almost always is. Luckily, there is now this: the Champagne Room at the Connaught Bar – a small, secluded drinking spot accessible either through an internal passageway from the main bar or through a set of heavy curtains off of a quiet corridor behind the lobby.

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