The World's Coolest Hotel Bars

A few years ago when I was staying at a hotel in Miami, I noticed how nice the lobby was.  It had a bar, sitting areas and a tv viewing spot.  That's when I first realized that the hotel lobby became a place to hang out and congregate with your fellow travelers.  No good hotel is complete without a nice bar and social area.

Though you may travel to some incredibly interesting places in the world, these hotels have bars that will make you spend some time in their establishments.  These are some of the coolest bars around the world.

Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali

Located on natural rocks 14 meters above the Indian Ocean at the base of AYANA Resort and Spa BALI's towering cliffs, this innovative open-top Bali bar is the island's most glam sunset and after-dark destination. Soak up the chic ambiance and superstar views as the rhythm of the spot-lit ocean merges with the funky tunes vibing from the DJ booth carved into the cliff-face. Discover Rock Bar's love affair with the sea Rock Bar's new 'Rock Bar Seafood Dinner' invites you to stay after sunset, enjoying premier Mediterranean cuisine beneath the stars. For your dining pleasure, our chef's hand select the freshest deep-sea fish and shellfish to create mouth-watering dishes that include king prawns, sardines, calamari, swordfish and lobster.

Rock Bar's intimate after-dark experience begins every evening at 7 pm, complemented by soothing nu-disco inspired tunes and artisan crafted cocktails prepared with delicious tropical fruit juices and spices. Rock Bar's expansive setting welcomes romantic evenings for two as well as lively private events for up to 880.

Rock Bar
Rock Bar
Rock Bar
Rock Bar

Area Bar at the Habita Hotel, Mexico City

This boutique hotel is located in the Colonia Polanco district of Mexico City. The hotel offers a full-service spa and a pool in the terrace. The guest rooms offer free Wi-Fi.

At the Hotel Habita, guest rooms feature a 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV. The rooms also include a mini-bar and an in-room safe. Select rooms provide a private balcony.

The Habita Hotel offers on-site dining at the Lobby restaurant. A fitness center, with a sauna and hot tub, are also located at the hotel. Valet Parking services are also available.

The Hotel Habita is minutes from the Museo Rufino Tamayo and the National Museum of Anthropology. The Avenida Presidente Masaryk, for shopping, dining and entertainment, is located near the hotel as well.

area bar at the habita hotel
Area bar at the Habita Hotel

Bamboo Bar - Pool Bar in Hanoi

The Bamboo Bar with its thatched roof and the wooden floor is an ideal spot to relax beside the delightful swimming pool with a refreshing cocktail. The casual setting of this poolside venue invites guests to unwind with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi signature, Graham Greene Martini.

Adjacent to Le Club, Bamboo Bar serves light meals, gourmet ice cream, desserts, fruit juices, coffees, teas and refreshing cocktails. Light snacks are offered throughout the day.

This is always the busiest spot in the hotel, but also the most storied as underneath it lies the historic Metropole Bomb Shelter.

bamboo bar at the sofitel metropole
Bamboo bar at the Sofitel Metropole

The Blue Bar at the Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

This luxurious lounge and bar have a very edgy feel, owing to its dramatic red-on-black color scheme and ambient lighting. Set along the perimeter of the hotel, it offers you the option of facing either the lush green central garden or the sparkling pool. Enjoy some of the city’s most interesting cocktails and quick bites, al fresco when the weather is good.

Blue Bar at the Taj Palace
Blue Bar at the Taj Palace

The Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA

The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA offers stunning, panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles and the mountains beyond, a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, nightly DJs, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, and sculptured topiary. 

The rooftop wraps around the center core of the hotel tower, so it is not one big area, but more of a veranda around the building. The entrance is on the north side opening onto a lounge area with towering topiaries, convertible grey sofa/chaise/chairs, 60s retro yellow plastic tables and chairs and a tiny dance floor. To the west, you’ll find colorful sofas and loungers. If you make your way around to the south, a short stairway leads up to the pool. The east wing is home to retro red waterbed pods and the bar.

The Roof Top at the Standard Hotel
The Roof Top at the Standard Hotel

The lodge bar at Singita ebony Lodge South Africa

External walls have been almost completely removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create new safari tent-style suites to maximize views and space and allow guests to be immersed in nature.  Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended off the river banks as if hanging in the trees.

Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River, is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. Inspired by the romance and adventure of tented camps, explorers’ abodes and campaign furniture, Ebony’s interiors are enhanced by the luster of well-polished ebony and mahogany woods and natural fibers in cool tones.

All this is brought to life by the rich, golden glow of old brass, hand-woven baskets, traditional khaki, and beige tent canvas and exposed thatch.

The lodge bar at Singita ebony Lodge South Africa
The lodge bar at Singita ebony Lodge South Africa