Virtuoso Life May 2018 6 Laid-Back Hotel Restaurants and Cocktail Bars We Love

6 Laid-Back Hotel Restaurants and Cocktail Bars We Love

You don’t always have to spring for the 12-course tasting menu. These innovative food outlets and creative happy hours make casual dining and sipping look cool.
 
1
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
From fish counter to fromagerie, the 950-room Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is bringing Québécois cuisine to new audiences. The hotel’s 8,000-square-foot Marché Artisans food hall celebrates Montréal’s gourmet reputation, inviting visitors to watch chefs prepare flaxseed-fed duck from the village of Saint-Pie, order a local charcuterie plate, or pick up onion confit at the grocery stand.
Gourmet diversions at Marché Artisans.
Gourmet diversions at Marché Artisans.
2
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Take in the Bali sunset at the 60-room Mandapa with a cocktail that showcases Indonesian ingredients, such as a Nangka Bali (Balinese jackfruit, pandan syrup, amaretto, and cachaça).
Mandapa’s Nangka Bali cocktail.
Mandapa’s Nangka Bali cocktail.
3
The William Vale
Only in Brooklyn will you find a retrofitted 1974 Airstream trailer on a hotel’s fourth floor. Mister Dips at the 183-room William Vale in Williamsburg features a menu from renowned NYC chef Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, Lafayette). Classics with a spin include griddled burgers, waffle fries, and dipped soft-serve ice cream in flavors such as Jacker Crax and Hawaii Five-O.
Milkshakes and Manhattan views at The William Vale.
Milkshakes and Manhattan views at The William Vale.
4
The Berkeley, London
You’ll feel like you’re on the beach sipping rum at Out of the Blue, a tiny, tech-enhanced room at the 210-room Berkeley, London that’s equipped with projection mapping video technology and a scent simulator.
5
The Royal Livingstone by Anantara
Upgrade your G&T with a new bar menu at Zambia’s 173-room Royal Livingstone. It includes 16 gin varieties (try the rosehip-infused one from Johannesburg) and an array of botanical-infused tonics.
Happy hour with a side of wildlife at The Royal Livingstone.
Happy hour with a side of wildlife at The Royal Livingstone.
6
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Vancouverites spend their weekends picnicking in Stanley Park or hitting the slopes, so B.C.’s 367-room Fairmont Pacific Rim designed Giovane Café + Eatery + Market to allow travelers to jump into the same routine. Grab-and-go meals make it easy to eat and run, while diners staying put enjoy made-to-order breakfasts, pizzas, and panini under roll-up windows that bring the buzz of the city right to the table.
 

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