What is a Wet Bar in a Hotel?

What is a Wet Bar in a Hotel

When I first heard the term “wet bar” I imagined either a bar in a pool, or a bar with non-stop wet t-shirt contests – not too bad either way! After a little research, reality did not disappoint me either.

A wet bar is a place, sometimes called a “honu ʻ i” or “red room,” within a guest room for preparing and serving alcoholic drinks. In Hawaii, the term “wet bar” refers to any countertop with an alcohol-based sink. It is also equipped with a refrigerator, ice maker, and storage for glasses and bottles.

Now you know what a wet bar is, please smile :).

In the continental United States, the wet bar has largely been replaced by mini-bars, which are stocked with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages as well as alcoholic drinks. However, there are still some hotels that offer wet bars in their guest rooms.

Wet bars can be a great convenience for guests who want to enjoy a drink without having to leave their room. They can also be helpful for entertaining guests.

How Does A Wet Bar Look Like?

A wet bar typically consists of a counter and a few bar stools. There may be shelves behind the counter with bottles of liquor and mixers, as well as glasses and other bar supplies. The set-up may vary depending on the hotel.

Wet Bar
Wet Bar

What Does A Wet Bar Include?

A hotel’s restaurant is open to the public, so it is best to check with your server or bartender for beers and cocktails that are not on the menu. However, you can expect to find some beer options in a wet bar within a hotel. Wine choices will also vary depending on what the hotel’s restaurant serves. As far as hard liquor, there are usually several options.

A wet bar typically does not have a draft system, so the beers available will be bottled or canned. There may be some specialty beers that are not sold in bottles or cans, but for the most part, you can expect to find your favorite domestic and imported brands on tap at a hotel’s wet bar.

Wine is usually served by glass or bottle. If you are looking for a specific wine that is not on the menu, the bartender can usually order it for you.

Hard liquor is typically served by the shot or mixed into cocktails. A wet bar will have all of the usual liquors, such as vodka, rum, whiskey, and tequila. It will also have a variety of mixers, such as cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cola.

Some Facts About A Wet Bar

Many travelers find having a wet bar in their hotel to be a convenient amenity. It can add a touch of home-like comfort to your stay and make it easier to continue socializing with your friends after you have finished eating.

Some hotel guests may find that they are limited to the selection of drinks available at the wet bar in their hotel. This is especially true if they are concerned about cost, as there may be a minimum number of drink purchases required before you can begin enjoying your beverage. Knowing this ahead of time can help a guest to choose a hotel that will allow them the type of drink they would like.

When you check into your room, take note of where the wet bar in your hotel is located. If it is too far away from your room, going out for drinks after dinner might be disruptive and inconvenient if you have just finished a long day of traveling.

If you are not interested in drinking alcohol, a wet bar may still be a good place to purchase some bottled water or soft drinks. This can be helpful if you want to avoid paying high prices for beverages at the hotel’s main bar or restaurant.

Hotels offering a wet bar in rooms

Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk

Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria

Luxor Las Vegas

Bourbon Orleans Hotel


A wet bar is not something that you actually had thought at the beginning when you heard its name. It can be really convenient for the guests as well as for you if you are in a hotel and staying there. Make sure to check the wet bar and share your experience with us as well.

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Written by Andromeda Kainazarova

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