These Storied Hotel Bars Gave Us the World's Most Famous Cocktails
Steeped in history, you can still sip these time-tested tipples in the hotel bars where they were born.
With hotels in cities like London and New York serving as regular hangouts for big names in literature, film, art, music, and politics, it's no wonder that some of their bars are where a number of today's best-loved cocktails were birthed. After all, what can take the edge off of writer's block or a tiring, transatlantic journey more effectively than a warming bit of booze, or better revive the spirit than a bright splash of citrus?
Some of the cocktails' timelines have been widely and firmly documented, while others must be taken with a grain—or a rim—of salt. Here are 11 hotel bars that are still serving up the cocktails—from original recipes to modernized takes—that made them famous.