No. 1: Boston may not be known for having a late-night crowd (thanks, in part, to an early-to-bed subway system) but what it does have is a number of ultra upscale, swanky bars—with The Langham’s Bond Lounge reigning supreme.
No. 2: Since 1948, the King Cole Bar & Salon has been a sophisticated host to the city’s most elite guests, as well as locals. Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon are just a few of the most notable patrons.
No. 3 (tie): “The club lounge is a true gem,” said one T+L voter when applauding this downtown Miami Kimpton. Cool off after a day at the beach in this ultra-sleek, sceney space with live music (everything from classic jazz to hip-hop) and art installations.
No. 3 (tie): Fresh of a major renovation, The Mandarin’s Bamboo Bar has been restored to icon status, with its namesake wood integrated in the bar, chairs, and as a finish on the mirrored ceiling. Wild tiger prints can be found on armchairs and bar stools.
No. 5 (tie): Find Salon de Ning (a subterranean space meant to evoke the glamorous 1930s) hidden behind an unmarked door in the basement of the hotel in full speakeasy fashion. Prohibition era-cocktails can be enjoyed in any one of the four themed rooms, including a Swiss chalet and an African room complete with a tent and a mounted taxidermy.
No. 5 (tie): Nightlife in Venice is decidedly laidback, and best enjoyed al fresco. Guests watch sunsets over St. Mark’s Square from the over-water terrace, Cip’s Club, or enjoy cocktails poolside at the Gabbiano Bar.
No. 5 (tie): After a day on the slopes, guests and resident snow bunnies retire to one of four bars at The Nell. Live music and DJ’s begin playing just as the lifts close at Chair 9, a refined lounge space made extra cozy (and luxe) with cowhide seats and espresso-leather banquettes.
No. 5 (tie): Weekends in Dallas are best spent at Hotel ZaZa's Dragonfly, the top-end of Dallas’ nightlife spectrum. Balmy Texan nights can be enjoyed at the poolside bar, which is transformed into an Urban Oasis in the winter, with a deck and tent placed over the tent.
No. 10 (tie): Variety is undoubtedly the reason Marina Bay Sands scored well with T+L readers in the nightlife and bars category—guests and locals can choose from three rooftop bars and lounges, six waterfront hangouts, eight upscale lounges, six vintage-style bars with distinctive themes, and three outrageous nightclubs.
No. 10 (tie): Truly, the Chart Room bar is at the heart of The Pier House: per the contract, the hotel was built around the 1960s dive. Everyone from Tennessee Williams to Truman Capote has whiled away low-key evenings at the Key West joint, which is as beloved for its amiable atmosphere as its free popcorn and peanuts.
No. 12: It’s no surprise that Vegas appeared again and again on the list of best hotels for bars and nightlife, given Sin City’s reputation for exactly that. At The Cosmopolitan, the Marquee Nightclub is the crux of all late-night happenings.