While we’re all about visiting legendary hotel bars like the Palm Court in Rome or Bar Hemingway in Paris, there’s something to be said for smaller, more low-key drinking experiences while on vacation. You’re there to relax, and touristy crowds at well-known watering holes are the quickest way to kill the mood. Fortunately, for every big-name hotel with its cookie cutter amenities, there’s a unique hotel that’ll make you feel extra pampered during your time away from home. Here, six European boutique hotel bars serving excellent drinks in gorgeous settings. Even if you’re not staying at the property, these spots are worth a detour.
Located in Paris’ vibrant Montorgueil neighborhood, the Bachaumont Hotel is a study in contemporary French elegance. Lovers of both design and cocktails will be happy that they don’t have to travel far for an expertly-made drink, thanks to hotel bar Night Flight. Helmed by the team behind the renowned Experimental Cocktail Club, guests can enjoy libations alongside live music sets in the cozy but elegant space. Spring for a classic, or enjoy one of Night Flight’s signature drinks like Vol de Nuit—made with hibiscus-infused vodka, Champagne, Nardini Rabarbaro, rhubarb, elderflower, strawberry and bitters. Night Flight, 18 rue Bachaumont, Paris, France
This idyllic Sicilian hotel spans almost 60 acres on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. Monaci delle Terre Nere is committed to eco-bio living and slow food, so the property boasts an organic farm and vineyards to produce their own wine. After enjoying a glass (or three) at hotel restaurant Locanda Nerello, retreat to the stonewalled Convivium Bar for a nightcap. There, one of the friendly bartenders will serve you a local amaro or mix you a Negroni. They even offer cocktail-making classes for anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Monaci delle Terre Nere, Via Monaci sn, 95019 Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy
Set against the glistening waters of the Aegean Sea, this all-suite property is pure paradise. Designed in minimalist shades of white and grey, the layout of the boutique hotel makes each nook and cranny feel like a private hideaway. The indoor/outdoor lounge bar offers cocktails made with the freshest fruits and herbs, whether you prefer to drink in the shade or on one of the plush poolside sofas. Settle in with a refreshing Mojito or Aperol Spritz, or spring for the build your own Bloody kit, which comes complete with tomato juice-filled test tubes and a mini watering can filled with vodka. Bill & Coo, Agios Ioannis, Mykonos 84600, Greece
Housed in a stately 17th century mansion in the small town of Garachico, Boutique Hotel San Roque is the perfect place to visit if you need to get away from it all. Poolside Restaurante Anturium specializes in Canary Island cuisine, so you can sit down for a moonlit dinner or enjoy Spanish wine while you sunbathe the afternoon away. But the Hoffmann Bar is where you would find us lounging most of the day, sipping a pre-dinner aperitif or indulging in a nightcap after a big meal. Decorated with plush, handsome furniture by Joseff Hoffmann, the bar is stocked with board games and design-centric books so guests can unwind with something other than a television. Boutique Hotel San Roque, Esteban de Ponte, 32 38450 - Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands
This former 1930s hunting lodge, overlooking the Arcachon Bay near Bordeaux, was reimagined by French designer Philippe Starck—and the breathtakingly minimalist, neo-Basque property is a dreamy place to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. La Co(o)rniche’s open-air bar is a meeting place for all kinds of folks in need of refreshment, from local artists and oyster farmers to foreigners on holiday. The Bar features an impressive wine and spirits list, along with thoughtful virgin cocktails, boozy coffee and aperitifs like the Kir Royale. La Co(o)rniche, 46 avenue Louis Gaume 33115 Pyla-sur-Mer – France
People come to Ibiza because they want to party. But if a low-key, luxe social scene is more your bag, Hotel Es Vivé is where to get your fix. An Art Deco interior greets you, while tropical palms and ambient beats from the poolside DJ usher you into relaxation. After dining at the hotel’s restaurant, make your way to the recently refurbished Experience Bar, which is open 24 hours for your all-night or early morning cocktailing pleasure. Designer Sean Cochrane’s comfy, intimate space was inspired by the hotel’s Deco heritage and the nautical delights of 1930s cruise ships. Sip a cocktail at the bar or on one of the plush leather banquettes, and look out for themed parties and special DJ sets. Hotel Es Vivé, C/ Carlos Roman Ferrer 8, 07800 Ibiza