These Boozy Hotels Are Perfect For a Cocktail-Centric Getaway

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Planning on traveling for the holidays and also enjoy a good cocktail or three? Check out these hip hotels that offer top-notch drinks to enjoy at the lobby bar and beyond. 

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

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Designed by New York architect Deborah Berke—and owned by husband-and-wife preservationists Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown—the 21c hotels are art-focused hotels that feature a rotating collection of paintings, videos and sculptures. Situated squarely in the heart of Bourbon culture, 21c Louisville is walking distance from distilleries such as Old Forester, and Michter’s, and is a short car drive away from Woodford Reserve, and Maker’s Mark. 

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The hotel is also home to a top-notch bar and restaurant, Proof on Main. Not only does it serve well-balanced cocktails complete with beautifully-carved ice cubes, but there's also plenty of custom whiskeys made from local distilleries. Try the 21c Selects Maker’s Mark Single Barrel Bourbon and Woodford Reserve 21c Selects Bourbon—it’s the perfect Louisville pre-game sesh before a night on the town. Book here.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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If you’re in need of something warm and luxurious, The Cape (Cabo, Mexico) is always a good move. It’s a fresh and vibrant take on the Los Cabos scene that boasts pristine views of the Pacific Ocean from a chic rooftop bar, as well as providing uninterrupted views of El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon.

You’ll find delicious, Mexico-inspired cocktails at one of their four bars with food by chef Enrique Olvera to pair. Their newly appointed mezcal expert will help guide you through Mexico’s famed artisanal spirit - a genuine luxury for any drinks enthusiast. Book here.

The Asbury Hotel

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Asbury Park is most associated with the bar band scene that launched Bruce Springsteen, but it's also a great place to have a low-key Jersey shore getaway. The Asbury—a stylish, boutique hotel right off the Asbury Park Boardwalk— is home to a vibrant rooftop lounge, Salvation, a lobby bar, Soundbooth, and is connected to the newly reopened bar and music venue Asbury Lanes.

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For dinner, head to Reyla, Barrio Costero, Pascal & Sabine, or Taka. None of these places will disappoint, and each gives you a taste of where Asbury Park’s food and drink scene is heading. Make sure to visit Asbury Park Distillery as well. Book here.

Freehand Hotels

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It is difficult to pick one of the many Freehand hotel locations, so I'm gonna go ahead and recommend them all (NYC, Chicago, LA, Miami). This collection of hotels, which are essentially chic hostels, is one that embraces unique art, design, local culture, and quality food and drink.

Once you’re ready to get your drink on though, pop into one of their craft cocktail bars, specifically the Broken Shaker (which is now open at each location). The bar initially started as a pop-up at the Freehand Miami in 2012, run by Gabriel Orta & Elad Zvi (who now have their own creative company, Bar Lab), but has since manifested into a permanent destination for impressive cocktails. 

While each bar program will vary in culture, the overall concept is one that has received global recognition (including a World’s Best Bar award for the Miami location) and is always a solid place to enjoy well-crafted libations. Book here.

Public Hotel New York City

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Famed hotelier Ian Schrager launched this boutique hot spot in 2017 with the goal of making luxury accessible to all. The innovative concept is not like your everyday hotel,  with an absence of what some may consider standard services… like a front desk. 

Pop into Jean George’s Public Kitchen for some world-class bites and hit up one of their premium cocktail bars, like the newly launched Diego, which boasts a cocktail menu created by award-winning bartender Ivy Mix, or The Roof - with some of the city’s most stunning rooftop views. Book here.

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

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Looking for something a bit warmer? The JW Marriott Cancun Resort boasts newly renovated guest rooms, picturesque views of the sapphire-blue ocean, and plenty of tequila to live your best life. At the JW Lobby Bar, bartenders offer margaritas for each of the 150 types of tequila available (yes, really), helpfully dubbed the 150 Margaritas Menu.

“We really wanted to develop some sort of adventure guests could embark on while learning about different tequilas, the regions they come from in Mexico, what they pair best with,” says hotel manager Tiffany Holmes. Hey, I'll drink to that. Book here.