No Reservations: Hotel Bars Old and New

Hotels have played a long and illustrious role in the history of cocktails — both in their original proliferation and their renaissance decades later. Between the sophisticated bartenders working in fine hotels and the jet setting cocktail enthusiasts traveling between these establishments, hotel bars represent a vital aspect of cocktail culture. But in the modern day, how can hotel bars continue to set themselves apart? How do they remain relevant? What are the specific hospitality requirements of working in a bar for travelers? Josh Wagner of the Edition Group, Erik Lorincz of the Savoy Hotel, Chris Lowder of Charles H in Seoul, travel writer Mark Ellwood, together with bar industry veterans Simon Ford and Jacob Briars investigate the historical and contemporary pertinence of hotel bars.

Thumbnail courtesy of the Savoy Hotel.

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