22. The Living Room Bar at the W Chicago City Center

CITY: Chicago
ADDRESS: 172 West Adams St.
WEBSITE: starwoodhotels.com

The humongous, two-story lamps might have you feeling like you stepped into a scene from Honey I Shrunk the Kids for a few seconds, until you remember you’re in a lobby bar. And other than the vaulted ceilings and disco balls, the name of the venue lives up to its reputation with cushy chairs, fresh flowers, and bright pillows promoting a night of drinking with friends. Don’t mind the guests making their way to the check-in desk: this is the hotel’s living room, not yours, so it’s to be expected. If you’re looking to nibble, try the truffle fries, which we hear are pretty scrumptious.