Coolest  Hotel Bars

These Hotel Bars are Worth Visiting Just for the Bar (Staying There is Pretty Great Too!)

By Sarah Joyner

If you’re staying in a Chattanooga hotel, odds are that you don’t have to go far to find some of the best drinks the city has to offer. In fact, your new favorite beer or cocktail might be mere steps away. 

The Company at Kinley Chattanooga 

photo of the Spiced Brown Sugar Derby at The Company in the Kinley

Mysterious and elegant, The Company is the type of place you’ll only find if you know exactly where to look. With plush chairs and shelves of books, this Southside speakeasy is a nod to a bygone era, with a Chattanooga twist. If you find your way to this hidden spot, may we suggest the “Spiced Brown Derby?” The classic drink is made with Four Roses bourbon, grapefruit juice, and a cinnamon triple syrup. 

WXYZ Bar at Aloft

Cocktail the "Viva" in served in a metal can with fresh mint, lemon, and raspberry at WXYZ Bar at Aloft Hamilton Place

Hamilton Place WXYZ is one of the newest rooftop bars to grace the Scenic City and the first for the Hamilton Place area. Soak in the views and eclectic vibes while sipping on the “Viva.” This fruity, fun, and floral cocktail features Beefeater, ginger ale, raspberry, lemon, and rosé, served up in a tin can (don’t knock it ‘til you try it). 

Whiskey Thief at The Edwin Hotel

Group Gathered at Whiskey Thief

With over 100 whiskeys to choose from—it is the official drink of Tennessee, after all—this is the place to sip our very own Chattanooga Whiskey Old Fashion while taking in the expansive views of the Tennessee River, scenic Walnut Street Bridge, Bluff View Art District, and mountains from Whiskey Thief’s rooftop bar. Go all-out with the Barrel-Aged Old Fashion, featuring Edwin single barrel Davidson Reserve rye, demerara syrup, and aged for seven days. Old Fashions not your thing? No problem. The mixologists craft specialty cocktails from an ever-changing seasonal menu. 

Dusk Bar at the BODE Chattanooga

"Elvis Ain't Dead" Cocktail featuring toasted Marshmallow at Dusk Bar, BODE Chattanooga

Calling all glampers and adventure enthusiasts. What’s a better way to end your day than gathered round with friends and swapping tales, with a toasted marshmallow clad drink in hand? You’ve got to try Dusk’s “Elvis Ain’t Dead.” The signature drink is made with peanut butter rye fat-washed in house, graham cracker simple syrup, chocolate bitters, and a marshmallow toasted to your exact specifications.  

American Draft at the Chattanooga Choo Choo

Beer at American Draft - inside train car

Grab a local draft beer or cider and some snacks in an old train car at American Draft. Stay inside the car and sip on your cold one sitting in one of their iconic red booths, or step outside to the deck with views of the Glen Miller Gardens and enjoy some yard games. The twinkling bistro lights and nearby burbling fountain set the vibe for a laid back evening sip. 

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