Where are the best hotel bars? 2 in SC rank nationally

South Carolina is home to two of the best hotel bars in the country, new rankings show.

The Charleston establishments were named among the top five places for visitors to grab drinks, according to findings shared last week from 10Best.com.

Camellias at Hotel Bennett earned the No. 2 spot, and The Bar at The Spectator Hotel came in at No. 4 on the nationwide list.

We can raise a glass to that.

Camellias, a champagne lounge, received nods for its wide drink selections and menu of top-notch foods, such as caviar. The lounge’s name comes from bright camellia flowers, and the space is decorated with pink furnishings, photos show.

“The stunning pink hue reflects a piece of Charleston history: marble that once clad the library building where Hotel Bennett stands,” the hotel said on its website. “The marble was reclaimed, restored and now graces the bar and tabletops.”

The Spectator Hotel’s bar earned recognition for its Prohibition-inspired style and drink selections. The establishment also serves “equally sophisticated bar bites,” 10Best.com said.

The two bars are located near tourist attractions in Charleston, a popular vacation spot in the South.

To come up with its rankings, 10Best.com says a “panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.” The website is part of USA Today.

Overall, The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans was named the best hotel bar.

Rounding out the top spots were the JG SkyHigh at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at No. 3 and the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin in Venice, California, at No. 5, results show.

The rankings were released as bars in some states are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster last month kept bars open and issued an executive order that banned alcohol sales after 11 p.m., The State previously reported.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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