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I was honoured to be chosen as an expert to nominate my 10 best hotel bars in the USA in 2017 for USA Today. These hotel bars were selected by myself and seven other travel bloggers, and I wanted to share some of my choices as well as giving my own readers the chance to vote for their favourite hotel bar out of those nominated.

These bars have been nominated as the best in the U.S. thanks to their ambience, stellar mixologists, signature cocktails, food menus and happy hours.

My choices included the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Kailua-Kona in Hawaii, which I also nominated for the ten best destination resorts in 2017. This hotel has wild turtles that will swim with you in the sea and come up and say hi on their beach; alfresco showers and Tikki lit evenings at the water’s edge. Their Beach Tree Bar (pictured above) is a cracker and overlooks the ocean for perfect evening cocktails. In fact, it is right next to the sand so you can go for a late night paddle between sips – bliss!

I love a view with my cocktail or beer which is why I have tried a number of romantic bars with views in Las Vegas. A favourite of mine is the Mandarin Oriental bar in Vegas. The lobby of this Mandarin Oriental is on the 23rd floor along with Twist restaurant and the Mandarin bar, both of which offer 180-degree views. In the Mandarin bar, three walls of dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip. Cocktail choices include the Manhattan-inspired Smoke & Mirrors or a Lovers Potion cocktail.

Have your input and share your thoughts on the best hotel bar in the USA by casting your ballot on USA Today once per day until Wednesday, August 2 at noon ET. The 10 winning resorts, determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, August 4.

Disclosure: Our property, service and product reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own and are in no way influenced by the sponsor.