The Inn Crowd

Four Fantastic Hotel Bars

These chic watering holes can be found in some of the area's coolest lodging spots.

By Hannah Wallace March 1, 2017 Published in the March 2017 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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The W XYZ bar at downtown Sarasota's Aloft.

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The bar: Cool and upscale, J.D. occupies the sweet spot—both literally and figuratively—between The Ritz’s luxurious lobby and its laid-back poolside scene.

Clientele: Muckety-mucks kicking back in resort wear; bespoke businesspeople talking through deals.

Drink: The Siren, an impeccable Prosecco-based cocktail with gin or vodka, elderflower liqueur and fruit juice ice cubes.


The bar: A warm, wood-and-linen space opening off the Hyatt’s lobby, the marina-front bar echoes the experience of relaxing on a spacious, contemporary luxury yacht.

Clientele: Traveling professionals unwinding; arts lovers enjoying a pre-show drink.

Drink: Hendrick’s Lemonade, a clean gin-and-cucumber sipper that suits the fresh, elegant space.


The bar: A truly urban space abutting a downtown Sarasota sidewalk, WXYZ punctuates sleek, contemporary-industrial lines with fun flourishes of color.

Clientele: Young, energized professionals loosening their ties and playing pool; vacationing friends prepping for a night on the town.

Drink: Panamanian Ponche, pairing tequila and ginger ale to keep up with the bar’s young, stylish set. 

The Sunset Lounge

The bar: With Sarasota’s best bar view, the lounge lives up to its name with an eighth-floor, Gulf-front panorama.

Clientele: Couples getting romantic after a day at the beach; locals celebrating special occasions.

Drink: Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini, a classy citrus sipper with limoncello, vodka and Chambord, which also gives it a fiery sunset hue.

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