Just in time for the holidays, there is something extra special to unpack at Loews Hotels around the country: the newly debuted The Bellhop Bar. A nod to the past when travelers would bring along luggage trunks on excursions, The Bellhop Bar is a steamer trunk that has been retrofitted as a cocktail bar, packed with handcrafted cocktails, wine and impressive glassware. On display at the hotels nightly from 5 – 7 p.m., The Bellhop Bar is just about the coolest happy hour around, and brings guests back to the “golden age of the cocktail era”.
Available at 19 of the properties around the country until January 19, 2019, guests can choose from four pre-batched cocktails – displayed in apothecary bottles and made with bourbon or vodka – which are then poured and mixed by the Bellhop Bar’s server. To make things extra special, each hotel created two cocktails that are locally-inspired and unique to its destination. Not feeling cocktails? There is also a red and sparkling wine option. How chic.
“At Loews when it comes to Food & Beverage promotions and programs we try to be different yet stay within our Brand DNA,” explains Mark Weiss, Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage, Loews Hotels & Co. “We loved the idea of nodding to past, where travelers would use wardrobe trunks as luggage for extended stays. The outside of these steamer trunks looks very traditional and the inside, once opened, looks like a traditional bar with hanging glassware, bottles of liquor and shelving for your batched cocktails.”
Con Mango at Loews Miami Beach
Each hotel created two local cocktails, notes Weiss “utilizing either ingredients that are indicative of that destination or have a name that honors something truly local and unique of the hotel and/or destination.”
Some cocktail highlights include the Old Fashioned con Mango in Miami Beach, with Angel’s Envy Bourbon, mango-infused simple syrup, mango bitters, orange bitters and a slice of dehydrated mango, Sage Advice at Loews Coronado Bay Resort with vodka, elderflower liqueur and sage leaves and the classic and the Olive New York in Manhattan, a classic martini with vodka and dry vermouth.
Olive New York at Regency
“We are seeing a mix of guests gravitating to both the locally created old fashions and martinis,” says Weiss. “The cooler weather in some of urban hotel destinations have seen a rise in the bourbon based cocktails for sure.”
Other local cocktails include the Co-HOP Honey Old Fashioned in Chicago downtown using local Co-Hop Honey as well as the Old Fashioned Streetcar Named Desire from Loews New Orleans.
Cocktail road trip, anyone?
The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels details
Available at participating Loews Hotels; www.loewshotels.com/bellhop-bar
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