If you’re set on seeing everything this great nation of ours has to offer, you’ll need a place to stay in every state—and you’ll need a drink when you get there. Hotel bars are the ultimate comfort bars, letting tourists relax with a cocktail after exploring a new area and hosting locals who just want to stop in for a touch of local luxury. Wherever you’re headed, you’ll find one of these excellent hotel bars waiting for you.
Alabama: Moon Shine at the Elyton Hotel, Birmingham
When you hear about a bar called Moon Shine in Alabama, you probably imagine a rough and tumble whiskey bar or maybe just a shack in the woods. While we would happily drink at either of those establishments, lovers of hotel bars will be happy to learn that Moon Shine is actually a classy rooftop bar perched above the Elyton Hotel, where small bites like crab claws and pork belly pizza are paired with craft cocktails.
Alaska: The Alaskan Hotel & Bar, Juneau
The oldest hotel in Southeast Alaska is also the best in the state thanks to its homey bar. The bar hosts live music every night of the week, including an open mic night during which Alaskan locals show off their skills. The drinks may not be anything special, but you’re here for the atmosphere and amateur covers of John Denver. So order a Boilermaker and kick back.