It's hip (not achingly so) and happening (without trying). In idle moments when you yearn for unexpected pleasures or a great night out, this is the sort of bar you'd want to inhabit. The barkeep's your NBF, and the hotel's signature cocktail is right up your street. Why go out, when staying in is this good?
Brilliant bar staff, sophisticated crowds and debonair design made the Elephant Bar a hot favourite with our judging panel. Alongside the sought-after wines, craft-beer collaborations and fine fixings, there are rare spirits on a considered drinks menu that hasn’t lost its shine. Plentiful pachyderms entertain the eye without teetering into twee, and fantastic hotel rooms upstairs are the (maraschino) cherry on the cake.
‘The top floors of this former biscuit factory buzz with cool media creatives; throw a rooftop pool into the mix on a sunny day and it's the see-and-be-seen place to be in E1’
Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith editor-in-chief
‘The luxe drinks that are twists on the classics are paired with a fabulous rooftop view; that’s a rare combination indeed’
Jared Brown, master distiller, Sipsmith
Is this the place to see and be seen? Does it attract A-list clients or under-the-radar tastemakers? Is it a word-of-mouth legend or celebrated icon? Maybe its location is new, exciting or unexpected.
This is a bar run with flair and dedication: staff know their stuff, the mixologist is fearless and masterful, the soundtrack is spun with love. The passion should be palpable.
The world's Hottest Hotel Bar is a one-off – it has a distinctive flavour (and it probably has a signature drink); and whether it's a tropical beach bar or a city-skyline rooftop, its look and feel will let you soak up the surroundings and drink in your destination.
Is there a buzz in the air? Do people flock from far and wide to step through the hotel door? Does the bar boast scene-setting design that gets you in the mood? A big-name DJ, musicians, performers of some kind? Nobody likes to drink alone – but in a really great bar, you'd probably be happy to.
The world's Hottest Hotel Bar is serious about its offerings. Killer cocktails are customised and made with a well-edited spirit selection or home-spun infusions; if there's a wine list, it's knowledgably sourced and presented; beer is craft and draught; and all the trimmings (from bar snacks to bar stools) are carefully considered.
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