BEST HOTEL BAR
The Living Room at the W Hotel
When it comes to classy drinking locales, it's hard to top the Living Room in the sleek and sophisticated W Hotel at the Foshay. The black and silver decor, dim lighting, and low seating clustered around fireplaces feel decidedly more New York than Midwest. On Friday nights, men are decked out in suits or at least collared shirts and dress pants, and women click along in heels. If you're looking for a high-net-worth hook-up, this is definitely the place. The cocktails are fun but a bit pricey; the best deals are at the daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., where girly drinks and fancy noshing go for $5 a drink or small plate. You don't have to be a traveler at this hotel bar to feel transported to any cosmopolitan city in the world.