By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor
This is Part 2 of a two-part series on hotel bars stepping up their bar programs. In Part 1, we highlighted elevated hotel bar cocktail programs on the east coast, which included New York City, Miami, Boston and Charlotte. The west coast cities we’ll be highlighting here include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. These hotel bars are taking cocktail innovation to the next level while offering patrons fun activities such as games, dancing and, well, boozing.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Featuring The Spare Room
The Spare Room, located in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, is unique because it was created from a spare room at the hotel and includes a cocktail bar as well as a gaming lounge. In addition to a bowling alley, The Spare Room offers a variety of games for patrons to play including Backgammon, card games, chess, Jenga, and Monopoly to name a few. While playing games, guests can sip on a variety of creative cocktails that feature interesting ingredients highlighting everything from chocolate milk to Earl-Grey-infused tequila. The Spare Room cocktail menu ranges from punch bowls that serve 4-6, 8-10, and 16-20 people as well as a game-themed cocktail menu featuring categories including Ante Up, Bullseye, and Winner’s Circle. If you’re just looking to go for a nightcap or dessert, this venue can cure your sweet tooth with an ice cream sandwich made with Campari ice cream. Bring a bunch of friends here and order a punch with a side of bowling or Backgammon.
Recommended Cocktail: Boulevard of Broken Creams
Bombay Dry Gin, Vanilla Cream, Egg White, and Orange Soda
Recommended Punch: Famous Last Words
Your choice of Tequila or Gin, Aloe Vera, Blanc Vermouth, Lime, and Orange Bitters