"Every great hotel needs a great hotel bar," asserted Anthony Bourdain on the TV show No Reservations. Standout hotels of the West boast some of the finest spots for cocktail consumption—stylish, swanky, or just plain fun—and you can stay over after imbibing.
Recently reopened on the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Cityscape Lounge features 360-degree views of the San Francisco Bay Area. General Manager Lenny Gumm enjoys watching hawks from his perch: "It's so high up it's like being in a cloud," he says. The Noe Valley—vodka, Aperol, and prosecco sweetened with agave—appeals for spring.
The Willamette Valley luxury spa resort Allison Inn and Spa of Newberg, Oregon, may be known for its award- winning wine menu, but don't miss the seasonal cocktails at Jory, an elegant bar set amid the hills and vines. Wine Director Ken Bolick recommends the “simple and clean flavors” of cocktails with local rhubarb or nettles. The Pinot-rita, made with a pinot noir reduction, is an apropos twist.
In Boise's artsy Linen District, the Modern Hotel and Bar, a sleek spot with humble origins as a Travelodge, has been "reanimated" with mid-century design and furnishings. Quaff a Gin & Jus—Sémillon verjuice mixed with gin and a bit of absinthe, perfumed with lovage leaves—and nibble on snacks from the James Beard Award–nominated kitchen.
Pépé Le Moko in Portland's Ace Hotel, named after a French gangster film, captured Bon Appétit's notice as one of its Best New Cocktail Bars in 2014. This underground speakeasy, with a narrow footprint and concrete-and-wood-paneled walls, serves up reimagined classics and playful originals from a 16-foot zinc bar. Slurp raw oysters with a tall drink of Kingston Club, a fanciful mix of Drambuie, pineapple juice, lime, Fernet-Branca, and angostura bitters.