Booger Red’s Saloon, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo by Leo Wesson)
After a long day of meetings, many attendees like to kick back and relax at a bar with a drink and some appetizers. Planners can make that experience memorable by choosing a venue that offers something different. From a Roaring Twenties speakeasy to an espionage-themed safe house, here are some fun bars around the country that are bound to amuse and impress your guests.
Public Belt New Orleans
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails that pay homage to the Prohibition-era prostitutes and madams who charmed visitors in the early 1900s at this speakeasy-themed bar in Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Listen to live jazz while sipping a Scarlet Harlot, made with Patron Silver tequila, apricot liqueur, dry vermouth and lemon juice. Ella’s Sinful Secret combines Boodles gin, St. Germain, dry vermouth and celery bitters.
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
Celebrate Oktoberfest all year long at this lively hot spot. The beer hall and garden is a replica of the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, providing a true Bavarian experience in the middle of the American desert. Traditional oompah bands perform while servers in authentic costumes dish up soft pretzels, schnitzel, sauerbraten and apfelstrudel. Raise a gigantic stein of German beer and say prosit (cheers)!
Tonga Room San Francisco
Visitors have delighted in this Polynesian paradise since 1945. The storied tiki bar, located in Fairmont San Francisco, boasts periodic tropical rainstorms complete with thunder and lightning, and a live orchestra that performs nightly on a thatch-covered barge in the lagoon. Guests can nibble on Asian-inspired dishes while sipping rum cocktails, many of which are served with paper umbrellas in ceramic pineapples or tiki mugs.
Booger Red’s Saloon Fort Worth, Texas
Hang up your 10-gallon hat, slide onto a saddle barstool and enjoy an authentic cowboy experience at this friendly, Western-themed saloon, located next door to Stockyards Hotel in the historic Stockyards District. Wash down your tasty Tex-Mex grub with a signature Anita-Rita Margarita or an icy Buffalo Butt Beer, named after the beast whose wooly derriere is mounted behind the bar.
Agents who prefer their martinis shaken (not stirred) will want access to this spy-themed bar/restaurant, but they have to know the secret password in order to gain entry. This fun venue, which can be bought out, features hidden doors, clandestine corridors and two-way mirrors. The classified mission for undercover operatives is to have a good time, but be careful because walls have ears.