Bachelors Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Bachelors Lounge perfectly embodies the Ritz-Carlton’s reputation for refinement and unique offerings. As the only smoking lounge between Denver and Aspen, it offers the widest selection of rare cigars available, as well as hookahs and the finest spirits and handcrafted cocktails, in addition to its beer and wine menu.
The private, outdoor terrace is the ideal place to unwind, with its modern, glass-enclosed fire pits and plenty of open air between the high, stone walls and the rustic rooftop installed with overhead heaters. As night falls, guests can watch the moon rise, or, if they’re fortunate, glimpse a double rainbow between the evergreens and aspens.
Outdoors, guests can smoke a variety of flavored hookah, as well as cigarettes and cigars. Vaportinis offer a zero-calorie “dessert,” with chocolate cake, apple crumb and thin mint flavors.
In terms of cigars, the Lounge offers virtually every ring gauge, shape, shade and price ($17-$2,000) available, from the highly-sought-after and historic Partagas 150: Grand Corona Series B in its original 1978 Cameroon wrapper to a cigar designed exclusively for Bachelors Lounge.
Inside the lounge, a pool table awaits players. Along the walls, rich leather seats and sofas envelop guests for an evening of luxury and relaxation. Wide, wood-plank flooring, soft lighting, a vaulted ceiling and a rectangular, stainless-steel framed fireplace create a comfortable atmosphere, while a large HDTV ensures guests won’t miss a game. Live piano music adds extra appeal on weekends.
Three dense pages of available spirits — one dedicated solely to scotches — range from American, Japanese and Irish whiskeys or rums to a variety of cognac and high-end tequilas.
Domestic and imported beers come from as far as the Netherlands and as close to home as the Fat Tire out of Fort Collins. A sommelier-curated list of champagne and red and white wines from around the world complete the diversity.
“It’s all about the products and the flavors and the cigars,” says Amy Moser Harrison, sales director.
This summer, Bachelors Lounge features a Wildflower flight, served on natural stone and featuring Lavender Cucumber Spritz with Woody Creek gin; Rhubarb Bellini with champagne, St. Germaine and rhubarb syrup; and Blossoming Bouquet, with Ketel One Citroen, white wine, orange blossom water and lemon juice.
To complement its array of drinks, Bachelors Lounge offers small plates, designed for sharing. Artisan meat or cheese plates, smoked trout, spicy, smoked olives and bison chili provide the palate yet another delight, while all-natural beef sliders served on pretzel buns and thick-cut pepper maple bacon with natural peanut butter satisfy the appetite.
Since its inception in 2013, Bachelors Lounge has become the most prominent, public “drawing room,” with its unique, upscale offerings served in a sophisticated, yet comfortable, atmosphere.
Fall means food and wine festivals and also a chance to see the colors just starting to turn over Vail Pass during a bike ride for charity.