- The Scene
If you enter from the street (rather than from Menger Hotel), you'll be greeted by a huge moose head. Early photos of the Alamo and Teddy Roosevelt, who once recruited his Rough Riders here, line the dark-cherrywood walls of this small, dignified drinking establishment built in 1887. Glass cabinets and ornate woodwork behind the bar suggest a long-forgotten time when craftsmanship mattered. The tourist crowd gives way to locals in search of intimate conversation and a nightcap around 10pm most nights.
An air of importance permeates the space. So much history has happened here that you can't help feeling that if you wait around long enough, something big might happen. Then again, you might be seeing ghosts, which are rumored to inhabit the hotel in droves. In addition to the sense of timelessness, customers can expect attentive service, stiff drinks, affable regulars and excellent food.
- Hotel Bar 2006 – Audience Winner