3 hotel bars for the perfect nightcap

Le Bar, Beachcomber Hotels’ Royal Palm Marrakech, Morocco

Let’s start with Le Bar. The entrance is made through a towering doorway, which opens into a large foyer where a huddle of sofas and arm chairs are warmed beside a dusky fireplace.

Through a second looming doorway is the bar where black and gold is everywhere to be seen in this ‘in-the-round’ setting. The black granite palette and woollen rugs draped on the walls make some corners of the venue seem large and others intimate, a clever technique to create a suitable setting for the hotel’s solo travellers or visiting corporate groups, like a hybrid of a winter chalet and Arabian grandeur.

Hopping behind the bar for a quick tutorial at Royal Palm's Le Bar

Hopping behind the bar for a quick tutorial at Royal Palm’s Le Bar

A large room at the back of the bar is great for groups wanting some privacy and the hotel provides a fully-stocked drinks cart and barman.

Incredible style and an enormous selection of international whiskies and scented spirits puts Le Bar at the top end of any list.

The Brabazon Bar, The Belfry, Warwickshire

A £26m refurbishment promoted the iconic Warwickshire golf and conference hotel to one of the top countryside retreats in the UK. It was a much needed face lift that introduced the brand new Brabazon Bar, named after its renowned golf course.

While the venue’s reputation among corporate groups and locals alike as a classy late night drinking spot has been growing impressively since reopening, The Brabazon Bar’s afternoon tea offering is gunning to be one of the best in the Midlands. What is equally as impressive is the bar’s adjoining restaurant, the Ryder Grill, which serves all manner of meat cuts and fish, as well as a sensational Surf n’ Turf.

A good restaurant is a perfect compliment to any decent hotel bar and the two combine brilliantly. The green marble of the Brabazon’s central bar is without a doubt the distinguishing feature here, with the emerald bar stools and even the green Gordon’s Gin bottles illuminating the room.

Whisky fans will be in great company here, with a menu that spans the best brands from the Scottish and Irish shores, as well as a few new inclusions to the party.


Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

Last but not least is the stunning Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, set in the lofty heights of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills tower. The luxurious and exquisitely designed 164-room property is a joy for groups with its Tokyo Tower-facing rooms and complimentary wine hour in the evenings.

The 52nd floor rooftop bar is one of the city’s most breathtaking event spaces, and its joyously Japanese decor is a suave take on the country’s traditional designs. The menu is a combination of tea-based cocktails, sake and premium champagne, with a few light bites thrown in for good measure.