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The Bar at Hotel Bel-Air.
Secluded retreat for the Hollywood elite. 701 Stone Canyon Rd.; 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.; or 213/892-8080.

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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.; 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.; or 702/693-7111.

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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); 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.; or 415/395-8595.

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The Banyan Court, Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel.
Tropical drinks and Hawaiian music beneath the spreading banyan tree. 2365 Kalakaua Ave.; or 808/922-3111.

Lewers Lounge, Halekulani. Superior, Dale DeGroff-devised cocktails and absolutely terrific jazz. 2199 Kalia Rd.; 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.; 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.; or 503/249-3983.

The Marble Bar, the Heathman Hotel. Subtle and stylish. 1001 S.W. Broadway; or 503/790-7752.

Santa Fe
The Staab House, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa.
Cozy, fireplace-warmed bar in a restored 19th-century home. 330 E. Palace Ave.; or 866/331-7625.

J Bar, James Hotel, Scottsdale.
White-hot center of Scottsdale's on-fire nightlife scene. 7353 E. Indian School Rd.; 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.; 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; or 206/623-8700.

W Bar, W Seattle. Stylish yet not scary, with a big selection of Northwest microbrews. 1112 Fourth Ave.; or 206/264-6000.

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