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The Best Hotel Coffee Bars in the Country

We Americans love our coffee. After all, the average adult guzzles around 70 gallons of coffee a year — and spends over $1,000 annually on morning doses of caffeine. While the habit can be hard on your wallet, the health benefits of consuming coffee are numerous: Research shows it can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and heart disease. And particularly for business travelers who need to work through the night and then impress clients the next morning — all the while recovering from jet lag — a ready cup of joe is essential. We’ve found five of the best hotel coffee bars across the States so you can get that jolt you need without ever having to leave your hotel.

Best Coffee Bar to Impress Clients:

Knave at Le Parker Meridien, New York City (pictured above)

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Drink in the Past: America’s Most Historic Hotel Bars

Alibi at The Liberty Hotel, Boston (pictured above)

Alibi is located in the “drunk tank” of the former Charles Street Prison, where those arrested for public intoxication were kept overnight — a unique place to relive a little Boston history (hopefully on better terms). Thick brick walls with cell doors and windows, original stone floors from the jail, mug shots of celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Nick Nolte hanging on the walls, and jail-themed cocktails, like The Doing Thyme, The Walk of Shame and Gordon Gekko, are unsubtle reminders of the bar’s theme. But leather couches, dark wood tables and candlelight make the experience much pleasanter today than it was for its former visitors.

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G. Garvin’s Atlanta Travel Tips


G. Garvin with Chef Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner at Atlanta’s The Local Three
While growing up and living in Atlanta, I’ve seen the city go through a lot of great changes. Every year another unique restaurant pops up, giving locals and tourists a chance to visit Atlanta and fall in love with its diverse culture. The next time you’re in town, I encourage stopping by a few of the local favorites to see how we have a good time.

Heirloom Market BBQ

This place is great because it truly encompasses a mix of cultures. One chef is from Tennessee, the other is from Korea. Their combined talents make for some amazing barbecue. The sauces are unique and provide a great balance to their smoked meats.

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Top 9 Kitschy, But Super-Cool, Hotel Bars

You may have gotten over themed spots after your tenth birthday party (um, hello, Princess Tea Party Fest), but they’re actually great for some old-fashioned adult fun, too. Hotels across the world have fabulously themed bars that run the gamut from classy to trashy. We’ve shuffled through the clutter to find the top hotel bars that, despite (or because) of being themed, are super cool. Check out all of our favorites.

Stables Bar, The Milestone Hotel; London (pictured above)

Located in the luxurious Milestone Hotel — perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London — Stables Bar embraces an over-the-top horse theme that only Londoners can truly appreciate or understand. (As you may know, Londoners love their horses almost as much as they love their dogs.) The split-level bar, decorated with rich green tartan upholstery and mahogany-paneled walls, has tons of riders’ paraphernalia including horse murals and paintings, bridles, saddles, needle-point horse pillows and even a somewhat terrifying jockey mannequin. Needless to say, the bar takes its former use as a carriage house very seriously. Stables also has satellite TVs for viewing sporting events and an exclusive list of champagnes and cocktails.

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7 Cozy Hotel Bars Across The U.S.

Even during the warmer months, a cavernous, cozy bar can be just the way to beat the heat. Here are some of our favorite hotel bars that have the cozy thing — from leather couches to dim lighting, dark liquors to rich fabrics — down pat.

Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel (pictured above)

The Rose Bar, a velvet-heavy lounge filled with celebs and beautiful people, is still one of the coolest scenes in town — a testament to the staying power of this super-trendy Ian Schrager-Julian Schnabel project. When our reporter stopped in for a drink, he ran into Sting. While we can’t guarantee you’ll bump into one of The Police while sipping a martini from the extensive menu, we can guarantee that, with candlelight, a laid-back atmosphere and Warhols strewn about, it is the perfect setting for a long fun night.

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