When a member of the staff at the pristine Elysian Hotel reaches out to you and asks if you've been to their bar yet, and you haven't... You go! And that's exactly what we did! There’s been much buzz about Bernard’s Bar, housed inside this hotel, for quite some time. However, with a recent drink feature on the cover of Time Out Chicago’s February 2012 issue, the buzz has broadened to an all out vibration, and we couldn’t wait to get in there. Read More
Close your eyes for a moment and try to visualize what the lobby of a grand and luxurious southern hotel might look like. It would be expansive with an inlaid Italian marble floor and an elegant split spiral staircase rising majestically from its center under the watchful gaze of a magnificent chandelier. Elegant shops surround the lobby and off to the right stands the perquisite baby grand piano. Read More
Located on the corner of Market Street and Bay Street, the Market Pavilion Hotel is one of Charleston’s most elegant hotels. Entering the hotel, you immediately notice Grill 225, the hotel’s upscale restaurant with a well deserved reputation for world class cuisine. Read More
Call me closed minded, pessimistic, or perhaps even sheltered. Go ahead. But I’m going to just come out and say it. I highly doubt there is anywhere else in this city that you can go at 5pm on a Wednesday and have it be this freaking cool! Just trust me. And if you still think I’m wrong or think you’ve found something to challenge this statement, I want to hear about it. However, right now, all we’re going to focus on is the cool factor at this particular W hotel. Read More
The bar is fancy and well lit with a great atmosphere. No sports, it is an upscale bar and the decor is sophisticated. They have a unique glass layout with nice chairs that compliment the bar. The room has an open feeling to it. Read More
There is a lot to be said for hotel bars this time of year. I don’t think there’s one out there that holds back when it comes to decorating for the holidays. The JW Marriott located in the heart of The Loop district is no exception. This Asian inspired Lobby Bar is the perfect spot for an after work drink, anytime of year. We showed up on a Thursday eve and the place was bumpin’. We scored a couple seats at the bar, but if there weren’t any, there’s plenty of other seating options we could have picked. Read More
I happened to be in Memphis with my family to go to a wedding. Memphis has one of the most famous hotels in the country so of course I had to at least stop by for a few minutes to check out the bar. The hotel is beautiful and the main bar is located right in the center of the main atrium area. Read More
I’m just going to come out and say it, and pardon my prejudices, but I never expected a bar within a Holiday Inn to produce something quite as magnificent as this. To the Holiday Inn, I apologize. My bad. Egg in my face, yolk in my hair. Eating my words. This has got to be one of the best kept secrets of the city. I’m shocked I’ve never heard of Cityscape before, but I am oh-so-happy to now share it with the world. Read More
I hope you’re wearing something decent when you walk into this place. Not because its required, but because you ARE going to feel cool, so you may as well look cool, too. Coming up to the main lobby area of check in, you’ll be greeted by a grand staircase that serves as the entrance to the Palm Court. Go ahead, pretend you’re someone else, or that all eyes are on you as you elegantly stroll to the top of the stairs. There’s something about this special place that takes you somewhere else, makes you feel like someone else. Read More
If you’ve never heard of The Drake Hotel in Chicago then you’ve been living under a rock. I’ve known about this famous hotel and it’s rich history but after living in Chicago for 6 years, I finally stepped inside to see what all the fuss was about. Don’t ask me how to pronounce the name, but The Drake’s hotel bar called Coq d,Or did not disappoint. Read More
So this is how it all started.
I had just finished attending a social media seminar with my friend Brett. We were downtown and I needed to kill a little bit of time before I headed off to my next appointment. Thankfully Brett didn't have to rush back to his office, so we decided to kill time with an afternoon drink. After suggesting we duck into a hotel bar, we soon found ourselves outside of Chicago's iconic Palmer House Hotel. Read More
First impressions are big for me. They make an impact. I always refer back to my first impression. That is, until my second chance mindset starts to kick in and question those first impressions. Am I alone here? Anyone else know what the hell I’m talking about? Maybe it will after you read about the M Avenue Lounge. Read More
Ok this place is pretty freaking cool. Itʼs like medieval times meets the Renaissance meets Draculaʼs interior decorator. The bar is named Crimson Lounge for a reason. If you want tiki torches and coconuts then go to Fat Tuesdays because this plush large space is dark, intimate, loungey and very crimson just like its name. The second you walk in you feel cool. I kept waiting to see the guy from Twilight drinking True Blood with Leonardo DiCaprio. Read More
This really and truly is the quintessential hotel bar. Its the kind of place that if I were shooting a movie, and there was a hotel bar scene, this is how I would want it. The bar is fairly large and sorta split into two different rooms, though not closed off from each other. The bar area is more casual, the lounge area is, well... more loungy. Read More
I am really starting to appreciate the diversity in what makes up a hotel bar.
I don’t want to get in the habit of using cliches. But, I’m not afraid to admit, I love using cliches. So here it is...Never judge a book by its cover.
I couldn’t wait to go to Hotel Felix. Why? Because I drove by it and was instantly attracted to the monster sign that poured down the side of the building, made it look intriguing, even inviting - thats why. We walked through the revolving door and I was like, ok... um wait. This is the lobby, but no way can this be the lobby bar?! Well, guess what... it was the lobby bar. Read More