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5 Hotels That Offer Free Happy Hours for Guests

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Forget the free breakfast! These hotels offer a truly fun amenity—a complimentary happy hour for guests. Serving up everything from regional wines to fresh baked snacks, this social perk helps travelers meet new friends, save money, and sample local beverages. 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

Interior lounge area of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

All Kimpton hotels offer a nightly complimentary wine hour for guests, a tradition that was started at the brand’s first hotel in San Francisco in 1981. Kimpton’s founder, Bill Kimpton, wanted guests to “feel a sense of community and inclusion, and relax at the end of the day.” 

At the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C., the tradition continues strong, and the happy hour is held in a warm and welcoming communal space that encourages guests to socialize. 

Virgin Hotels Chicago

People sitting at the car at the Virgin Hotels Chicago

Join Virgin Hotels’ free loyalty program, The Know, and you’ll get more than just reward points. The Know members get a free Spirit Hour at Virgin Hotels, which includes beer, wine, and cocktails. 

At the Virgin Hotels Chicago, the happy hour is held on the rooftop bar, so guests can enjoy epic views with their free drinks.  

Kimpton George Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Interior lounge area at Kimpton George Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The Kimpton George Hotel puts a local spin on the brand’s famous wine hour, offering themed beverages based on holidays, seasons, or special occasions. Guests who stayed at the George during cherry blossom season, for example, were able to indulge in free cherry cordial and sake cocktail during happy hour.

Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon

Interior lounge area at the Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon

Home to over 80 breweries, Portland, Oregon is sometimes called the Craft Beer Capital. So it’s only fitting that the Hotel Lucia offers a nightly free craft beer hour for guests. Between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, the hotel’s bartenders will serve complimentary brews so guests can sample Portland’s best breweries without blowing their budget.  

James New York NoMad

People sitting in an interior lounge area at the James New York NoMad

The James New York Nomad has guests covered from morning to night. The hotel’s lounge, the James Club, serves free coffee and breakfast snacks in the morning, and hosts a wine hour in the evening. 

The James Club is equipped with fast and free WiFi, so guests can take advantage of the drinks and snacks while working remotely if they choose. 

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