Winners announced

Best Date-Night Bar

Next time you need to dress to impress and casually suggest you 'know a little place', here's your list of go-tos: the world's best date-night hotel bars…

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 be taken on a date. The barkeep's your NBF, the hotel's signature cocktail is right up your street and, hey, there are some pretty nice bedrooms just upstairs if things go particularly well…

 

And the winner is...

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Winner

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

Mad-scientist cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro resuscitates passé trends and dabbles where other mixologists fear to tread: current favourite is a bee-pollen-sprinkled gin concoction. Russell Sage furnishings, a carnival atmosphere and a hush-hush entrance made the Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Lounge a firm favourite with our judges.

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Runner-up

The NoMad Hotel

‘Pass through a heavy velvet curtain to the most expertly lit setting in New York: metropolitan yet also dark and mysterious, like something out of Sherlock Holmes’

– Max Samis, Mister Spoils

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Runner-up

The Upper House

‘Café Gray Deluxe is still one of the most talked about bars in Asia, and a major design coup. The views aren’t bad, either’

– Paul Gabie, bar tsar

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Winner

The NoMad Hotel

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.

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Runner-up

Shoreditch House

‘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

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Runner-up

Ohla Barcelona Hotel

‘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

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Winner

Ace Hotel New York

Hip, quirky and brimming with confidence, New York’s Ace channels the spirit of its home city with insouciant flair. Populated by incognito A-listers and hipster movers and shakers at all times of day, the ever-bustling lobby bar could be a stage set swiped from Broadway. With panelled walls, distressed Chesterfields and a touch of taxidermy, the corner bar evokes the library of a Park Avenue apartment, and the cocktails from the Breslin are crafted by the master of the mix, Milk & Honey’s Sasha Petraske.

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Runner-up

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

This hipster hotspot has a secret, in-the-know vibe about it… it’s like drinking at a la-di-dah townhouse drawing room.

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Runner-up

Fasano Rio

'Because it has the killer view of Ipanema, and because just being there feels glamorous. There is no better place to sip a cocktail in Rio'.
Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

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Best Date-Night Bar award criteria