Hours: Lunch, Dinner & Late Night. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Thoroughbred Club serves as the lobby bar for Belmond Charleston Place, and it’s anything but your typical hotel bar. Dark-paneled walls, red leather-capped chairs, and deep sofas create a clubby atmosphere, while paintings of horses and framed racetrack memorabilia add a sporting equestrian feel. It’s the perfect setting for mixologists Mouzon Taylor’s and Malachi Topping’s ambitious pours, and the entire cocktail selection was recently overhauled to bring a more handcrafted focus. Muddled cucumber, basil, and mint add cool notes to the Infield while amaretto, Fernet Branca, and two scotches meet in the Islay Fog to create a splendidly smoky, chocolate-tinged sip. Barrel-aged old fashioneds steep in a small oak cask for three months to imbue them with oaky flavor. A slate of impressive tapas-style appetizers and good wines by the glass round out a top-shelf offering. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
Upscale setting for gourmet tapas and specialty cocktails.