America's Best Hotel Bar? Refinery Rooftop in NY!

Off the Record, The Sazerac Bar, Driftwood Room and Redwood Room also winners

Pull up a stool, and look over our nominees for Best Hotel Bar. 10Best recruited a panel of cocktail and hotel experts to select 20 nominees based on considerations like skill level of the mixologists, ambience, food menus, signature cocktails and happy hours. Then we turned it over to you! Our readers have been voting for their favorites for the past four weeks, and now the results are in!

  • Quill
    The Jefferson - Washington

    The Jefferson hotel is steeped in inspiration from its namesake president, and Quill is no exception. The parquet floor follows the same pattern as the main salon at Monticello, while maps on the walls trace Jefferson's travels through the wine regions of Europe. Classic and signature cocktails are complemented by an extensive menu of wines by the glass.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Bemelmans Bar
    The Carlyle - New York

    Named after a famous author of children's literature, this piano bar in the Carlyle Hotel offers a luxurious reprieve on the Upper East Side. The spot bills itself as a piece of "Old New York," but the author's murals from stories like the classic Madeline balance out the dark, heavy wood and atmosphere. Piano jazz is played here nightly from 5:30PM, and patrons include everyone from mature neighbors to politicians and movie stars.
    Photo courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

  • Proof on Main
    21C Museum Hotel - Louisville

    The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, a Kentucky establishment famous for its own art galleries, also a great bar with a nice collection of – you guessed it – bourbons. The menu is playful while keeping its sophistication, so you'll see items like cotton candy next to yellowfin tuna crudo. A number of small plates options are available.
    Photo courtesy of Proof on Main

  • The Broken Shaker
    Freehand Miami

    Just a few years ago, a hip little cocktail bar opened up inside the Freehand Hostel on Miami Beach. Today, it is one of the most well-known and sought out places to enjoy a well-crafted drink for a reasonable price. Frequented by locals, tourists, and those in-the-know, the Broken Shaker is paradise for anyone who wants a high-end cocktail without the fuss of many of SoBe's other bars and lounges.
    Photo courtesy of Freehand Miami

  • The Driskill Bar
    The Driskill - Austin

    The Driskill is one of Austin's most iconic hotels, and inside sits The Driskill Bar, a Texas watering hole through and through. Overstuffed leather sofas create multiple nooks and seating areas, while mounted cattle heads and paintings of the American West hang from the walls. The Driskill hosts live music nearly every night.
    Photo courtesy of The Driskill

  • Redwood Room
    Clift Hotel - San Francisco

    Within the sleek, Philippe Starck-designed Clift, the much-loved Redwood Room has been reinvented for the new millennium. The venerable venue still boasts its redwood paneling and signature bar, but it's gotten a contemporary punch with sleek furnishings, ambient lighting and digital artwork. Frequented by a glamorous crowd, it's chic and expensive, and you're certain to spot a few celebrities peppered among the well-dressed mix.
    Photo courtesy of Clift Hotel

  • Driftwood Room
    Hotel deLuxe - Portland, Ore.

    The Driftwood Room is a Portland landmark located just inside Hotel deLuxe. In their intimate bar they have been serving thirsty revelers since the cocktail lounge heyday of the 1950s and still today at the vanguard of Portland's craft cocktail scene. It's a perfect Hollywood setting for a Hitchcock thriller or romantic romp. If you love Mad Men you will love the Driftwood Room.
    Photo courtesy of Hotel deLuxe

  • The Sazerac Bar
    The Roosevelt New Orleans

    Named after the world's first mixed drink (according to some), The Sazerac Bar has been quenching New Orleans's thirst for decades. Located within The Roosevelt New Orleans, this classic space features an African walnut bar and murals by Paul Ninas; it was once a popular haunt of politician Huey P. Long.
    Photo courtesy of 2016 Waldorf Astoria

  • Off the Record
    The Hay-Adams - Washington

    Caricatures of past presidents and political figures adorn the cherry red walls of this classic DC bar inside The Hay-Adams. The scotch list shines alongside wine and cocktails in this space where well heeled (or at least well dressed) tourists mingle with locals, lobbyists and politicians.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

  • Refinery Rooftop
    Refinery Hotel - New York

    The crown atop the Refinery Hotel in NYC, Refinery Rooftop is where the Big Apple's young and beautiful come for stunning views beneath the shadow of the Empire State Building. Alex Ott developed Refinery's signature cocktail list with an emphasis on natural ingredients and surprising combinations.
    Photo courtesy of Refinery Hotel

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Bar are as follows:

  1. Refinery Rooftop at the Refinery Hotel - New York
  2. Off the Record at The Hay-Adams - Washington
  3. The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans
  4. Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe - Portland, Ore.
  5. Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel - San Francisco
  6. The Driskill Bar at The Driskill - Austin
  7. The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami
  8. Proof on Main at 21C Museum Hotel - Louisville
  9. Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle - New York
  10. Quill at The Jefferson - Washington

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Morgan Greenhalgh (TheDrinkBlog), Talia Kleinplatz (Two For The Bar), Eric Grossman, Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Roxanne Genier (LuxeInACity), Gerrish Lopez, Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Yasmin Pullman (Luxury Travel Diarywere chosen based on their culinary travel experience.

Additional nominated bars included 39 Degrees at Sky Hotel in Aspen, Bar Marmont at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, The Clocktower at The New York EDITION, Clyde Common at Ace Hotel in Portland, The Elephant Bar at The NoMad Hotel in New York, The Hawthorne at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, LILT Lounge at the EPIC Hotel in Miami, Sable Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Palomar Chicago and The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles.

Congratulations to all our winning bars!

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