More L.A. hotel bars
The Bar at Hotel Bel-Air. Secluded retreat for the Hollywood elite. 701 Stone Canyon Rd.; www.hotelbelair.com or 310/472-5234.
The Rooftop Bar at the Standard, Downtown L.A. Rooftop aerie for the young and the restless. $20 cover charge. 550 S. Flower St.; www.standardhotel.com or 213/892-8080.
More Las Vegas hotel bars
Nine Fine Irishmen, New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Erin go Vegas! A bit of Dublin imported to the Strip, NFI offers Guinness and Jameson and live Celtic music nightly. 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; www.ninefineirishmen.com or 702/740-6969.
Fontana Bar, Bellagio. The plush resort spot offers a knockout view of Bellagio's lake and splashing fountains. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; www.bellagio.com or 702/693-7111.
More San Francisco hotel bars
Americano Restaurant & Bar, Hotel Vitale. So many recent Stanford and Cal grads gather here, it's like the Big Game with better drinks. 8 Mission St. (at the Embarcadero); www.hotelvitale.com or 415/278-3777.
Harry Denton's Starlight Room, Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Classic cocktails, bewitching hostesses, a great view, and a stellar roster of musical headliners. Cover charge from $10. 450 Powell St.; www.harrydenton.com or 415/395-8595.
More Honolulu hotel bars
The Banyan Court, Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel. Tropical drinks and Hawaiian music beneath the spreading banyan tree. 2365 Kalakaua Ave.; www.moana-surfrider.com or 808/922-3111.
Lewers Lounge, Halekulani. Superior, Dale DeGroff-devised cocktails and absolutely terrific jazz. 2199 Kalia Rd.; www.halekulani.com or 808/923-2311.
Other great hotel bars around the West Colorado is hundreds of miles from the ocean, so why a clipper ship-themed bar? Never mind, matey, this has been a beloved landmark since its opening in 1934. 321 17th St.; www.brownpalace.com or 303/297-3111.
Ship Tavern, the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.
Detention Bar, McMenamins Kennedy School. In a 1915 school turned hotel, this is like The Breakfast Club with alcohol and cigars. 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.; www.mcmenamins.com or 503/249-3983.
The Marble Bar, the Heathman Hotel. Subtle and stylish. 1001 S.W. Broadway; www.heathmanhotel.com or 503/790-7752.
The Staab House, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa. Cozy, fireplace-warmed bar in a restored 19th-century home. 330 E. Palace Ave.; www.rockresorts.com or 866/331-7625.
J Bar, James Hotel, Scottsdale. White-hot center of Scottsdale's on-fire nightlife scene. 7353 E. Indian School Rd.; www.jameshotels.com or 480/308-1100.
Jade Bar, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The hotel bar as meditation center: stunning desert views and a serene sense of cool. 5700 E. McDonald Dr.; www.sanctuaryaz.com or 480/948-2100.
Oliver's Lounge, Mayflower Park Hotel. A bar that feels East Coast upper crust and is deservedly proud of its martinis. 405 Olive Way; www.mayflowerpark.com or 206/623-8700.
W Bar, W Seattle. Stylish yet not scary, with a big selection of Northwest microbrews. 1112 Fourth Ave.; www.whotels.com/seattle or 206/264-6000.