If you’re reading this column, most chances are you’d probably enjoy spending a day visiting a distillery or a world-class bar. Most of these send you home after last call, but a very small handful around the world actually let you stay the night, offering lodging options on-site. Here are a few around the world you should make part of your next booze vacation.
The Distillery opened early this year on London’s famed Portobello Road as a true palace of gin: The building’s four floors house the Portobello Road Gin distillery, whose Ginstitute experience lets you create your own custom gin; two bars, one featuring spirits from around the world aged in on-site barrels and the other a Spanish-style Gin & Tonic bar using the house hooch; a private dining room; and three luxuriously appointed guest rooms. Each room includes an extensive Martini bar as well as a record player and curated selection of vinyl. And the stills are just one flight up.
Black Star Farms
Traverse City, Mich.
Set on a picturesque bay off Lake Michigan, Traverse City is a popular tourist destination that also happens to be right next to a sizable winemaking region in northern Michigan. Black Star Farms is about 12 miles out of town and offers everything food and drink lovers could want: It includes a restaurant, winery and distillery that all use ingredients grown right on-site. In operation since 1999, the distillery makes eau-de-vie and grappa from local grapes, apples, pears and other fruits. The on-site inn has 10 rooms with romantic amenities like fireplaces and hot tubs for two.
Ardbeg Seaview Cottage
Port Ellen, Scotland
The Scottish island of Islay is remote and difficult to reach, but it boasts some 10 distilleries making the smoky, heavily peated whiskies Scotch lovers go crazy for. The lovely Seaview Cottage at Ardbeg makes a great base for exploring the island, as it’s on the property at one of the most beloved Islay distilleries, within walking distance of both Laphroaig and Lagavulin, and within less than an hour’s drive of all the others. The former distillery manager’s house, the three-bedroom cottage has been renovated with luxury amenities, including under-floor heating and a fully updated kitchen—not to mention the deck looking out on the Atlantic. The house comes with a complimentary bottle of Ardbeg Ten Years Old, and if you get desperate for a late-night dram, you can always wake up the current distillery manager, who lives right next door.
The Walker Inn
Hidden behind an unmarked door inside Koreatown cocktail lounge Normandie Club, The Walker Inn is a cocktail geek’s dream, offering a tasting menu of cocktails using all manner of wild ingredients made using a mad scientist’s lab full of rotary evaporators, vacuum chambers and other chemistry experiments. With such a wealth of great drinks, it’s easy to overindulge, but if you do, you can simply book one of the bar’s rooms. Occupying a single corridor of the adjacent Hotel Normandie are 10 rooms curated entirely by the bar itself. Each is decorated in a different style, but they all share a minibar full of The Walker Inn’s bartenders’ favorite spirits, house-bottled Spritz and Bloody Mary cocktails and gratis Miller High Life pony bottles (as well as packets of ibuprofen for the inevitable hangover).
Glenora Distillery Inn
Mabou, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia literally means “new Scotland,” so it makes sense that the Canadian province’s best-known distillery is North America’s oldest producer of Scotch-style single malt whisky. Glenora produces the Glen Breton Rare brand and is home to an inn with 14 individual guest rooms and six log chalets along the mountainside overlooking the distillery. Book the Culinary Whisky Package for a guided tour of the distillery and three-course dinner in its restaurant in addition to a room for the night. One thing to note, though: Both the Inn and the distillery are only open to the public from May to October each year.