After a long day of work or travel, sometimes you just can’t be bothered to leave your hotel. If you’re in the mood for an aperitif of sorts, but don’t want to stray far, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a few surefire hotel bars that provide a relaxing vibe and great refreshments to boot…for visitors and locals, too.
Top of the Hyatt
Sitting high on the 40th floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, it’s the ideal place to unwind with a spectacular view. Cozy up indoors while overlooking a panoramic view of Coronado and the San Diego bay. Beer, wine, cocktails, shared plates and desserts are all served. If you’re traveling with a company card, we recommend you reap that benefit here.
Salt & Whiskey
When you hear the phrase of Victorian charm, it could mean two things: puritanical chic or sophisticated, ornate style. Salt & Whiskey at the Horton Grand Hotel is the latter of the two with leather banquette seating, gilded chandeliers and dark oak accents. Food is served all day, but we recommend stopping by for a whiskey or bourbon as a nightcap.
Fifth & Rose
The Pendry takes luxury to a new level, and their corner bar Fifth & Rose is no exception. With a design that’s reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself to a glass of bubbly. Fifth & Rose also creates seasonal cocktail menus and offers a light bite menu from 3 pm to midnight.
The bar at the US Grant Hotel got a major overhaul in 2018. Its French-inspired bar has hints of swanky 1930’s accents with a casual atmosphere. Order beer, cider, wine and craft cocktails from the Rendezvous mixologists, who take service up a notch with a few specialty drinks made tableside. Groups will get a kick out of the punch bowls, which serve up to eight people.
Old Town Cosmopolitan
What was once an early 1800’s adobe home has since been transformed into a modern hotel that’s kept its pioneer spirit intact. Get comfy at the saloon-style indoor bar or step out back and sip a Cosmo under a charming pergola. The Old Town Cosmopolitan is a popular spot for weddings, and it’s easy to see why. Instead of feeling hokey, this hotel still feels steeped in history.
This boutique hotel right on Pacific Beach is sleek and stylish. The menu at their restaurant JRDN does not disappoint, and it’s a great place to unwind with a cocktail and an ocean view. Take your pick of indoor or outdoor seating at the bar, grab and drink and a bite to eat, sit back and enjoy people-watching on the boardwalk.
A swinging sixties vibe isn’t what you’d expect from a hotel in Point Loma. The Pearl delivers on atmosphere and then some, with a chic bar and dining area named after the original owners of the hotel Charles and Dinorah. Sit poolside with a black and white movie projected in the background, sipping a creative cocktail infused with shiso, pineapple or coconut.