Most hotel bars are a sad state. Typically full of traveling businesspeople not wanting to see if Kansas City’s Chili’s is that much different from the one in Fort Wayne from the week before, hotel bars don’t offer much more than a bartender who has heard it all and a couple of expensed Michelobs.
But we’re not here to talk about the Holiday Inns of the world. This is about a better class of hotel bars. Whether it’s a spectacular view of the city or the scent of rich mahogany and old money, these hotel bars are the best the city has to offer.
It wouldn’t hurt to convince your out-of-town guests to stay at one of these places so you have an excuse to belly up to the bars. But these hotel bars are the kind of haunts you frequent even if you’re not a guest.
Rattlesnake Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton is all about image, so it makes sense that Rattlesnake Bar has some of the best people watching in town. It gets busy on Saturday nights with a crowd that is either rich, beautiful or both. Don’t let that intimidate you if you’re not rich, beautiful or both, as the Rattlesnake is surprisingly casual on weekdays. You know, if you just want to dip your toes in before making the dive.
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