Tip a few back without leaving the hotel. Yes, really.
By Maranda Bailo
Looking for a night cap, but don't feel like heading out on the town? Or aiming for a classy cocktail meeting in a convenient location? No worries: Cleveland has hotels with some of the best bars and lounges you can find in the city.
Here's your go-to guide when looking to drink and dine in the most classic hotel bars Cleveland has to offer.
#1: Azure Rooftop Lounge
Just when you think trendy and historic don't mix, think again. Think Metropolitan at the 9, your Cleveland urban playground. This 1906 bank was recently converted into an elegant upscale hotel featuring one of the hottest, and largest, rooftop lounges in the city.
Follow the party up to Azure Rooftop Lounge, where you'll find yourself sipping a cocktail on a chase lounge chair in greenspace while overlooking the city.
Standing 150 feet tall above the streets, Azure provides a 360-degree view of Downtown including PlayhouseSquare, the Terminal Tower and Progressive Field. With a sophisticated lounge comes exquisite alcohol, including cocktails such as the Lake Breeze (Grey Goose, freshly pressed lemon juice, mint syrup and club soda). This lounge will bring out your inner celebrity and make everybody feel like somebody.
#2: Bar 32
Fresh. Sharp. Chic. Meet the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown, where architecture screams elegance and the atmosphere radiates optimism.
When added to Cleveland's skyline, we knew this building was going to be something special. Now, the largest and tallest hotel in the city, the Hilton Cleveland Downtown stands 32 stories high and offers 600 rooms. Walking into the lobby is nothing short of sensory overload with eager and welcoming staff, winding stairs, giant glass windows, and a can't-miss growing grass wall behind the concierge desk.
After exploring the grounds and gardens of this high-end hot spot, there's an even better rooftop to cap it all off.
Elevate to the 32nd floor, and enter Bar 32, the "Sky High Bar." This means liquid nitrogen signature cocktails, incredible views of Cleveland, and an indoor and outdoor rooftop. Through the tall glass doors is a clear stretch of blue -- this view of Lake Erie is breathtaking. Popular for private parties and events, this lounge is nothing short of elegant.
#3: W XYZ
When you're bopping around in the East Bank of the Flats, be sure to stop into Aloft hotel for a drink. The lounge is colorful, vibrant, and trendy with a great location. Inside Aloft is W XYZ bar, where the tile and liquor shelf illuminates neon colors and the music varies from indie rock to upbeat DJ mixes. Sushi Night is on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. with Shinto Restaurant, right inside W XYZ bar.
Bring your dancing shoes, because live music is a constant. See a full schedule of events here.
#4: The Ritz-Carlton
Step back in time while experiencing the renaissance aura of the Ritz-Carlton. This luxury hotel is a Cleveland classic, holding the only four-star rating among the city's Downtown hotels. Here you'll find marble baths, exceptional dining, and even a complimentary overnight shoeshine.
When in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, bring your private party of 10+ to the Lobby Lounge on 6 for your afternoon tea. If you're in need of more than just tea, stop in during the week for $8 Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m.
The specialty "Martini Hall of Fame" drink menu is a Cleveland original. Featuring "Rocktails" inspired by classic musical hits such as the “Champagne Supernova” Cocktail (Veuve Clicquot Rosé, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, peach nectar) inspired by Oasis, and the “Dirrty” Martini (Ketel One Vodka, extra olive juice, blue cheese-stuffed olives) inspired by Christina Aguilera.
Irresistible bar bites include fried cheese curds and the Game Day Flatbread (bratwurst, caramelized onions, pickles, ricotta, diced sweet potato fries, stadium mustard drizzle).
#5: The Westin Cleveland Downtown
Located in the heart of Downtown on Saint Clair Ave., the Westin exemplifies modern sophistication from the inside out. Just spot it by its exterior neon blue lighting. With never-ending features such as pairing New Balance gear with your stay, the Heavenly Bed and Bath experience, and the Club Lounge, you know you'll be treated well at the Westin.
Known for being all about conserving energy and making green choices, the renowned in-house restaurant at the Westin, Urban Farmer, follows the same regimen. With a restored farmhouse feel, indulging in Cleveland's modern steakhouse is a must while in the city. Don't miss Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m.
To quench your thirst, try the Mixology Program with your private party, where guests are able to personally select their liquor and mixer.