When it comes to solid happy hour deals, we all have our go-to haunts: but convenient as they may be, standalone drinkeries will never be as glamorous as hotel bars and lounges were back in their prime.

As intimate, sophisticated, and romantic hotel bars can still be today, nothing will ever truly rival their glory days, when hotel bars were the place to see and be seen.

Keep scrolling to see some vintage photos of people living it up at iconic hotel bars and parties.

Bartenders dressed just as sharply as their patrons in the early 1900s — if not sharper.

Check out the crisp, matching uniforms the above five bartenders sported while tending to the St. Charles hotel bar's customers, way back in 1911.

And the level of hospitality and warmth you received from the staff was unparalleled.

Hotel bartenders treated you with consideration and care. And they would make you any drink you wanted.

Select bartenders gained high repute in social circles for their expert mixology and innovative drinks.

American barman Harry Craddock was one such server. Craddock, who is pictured above in June 1926, mixing a drink at the renowned American Bar of the Savoy Hotel in London, is the author of "The Savoy Cocktail Book" and credited for inventing such cocktails as the "Dry Martini" and the "White Lady."

And some of the world's most influential bartenders had their start at hotel bars, such as Ada 'Coley' Coleman.

Ada "Coley" Coleman - the inventor of the "Hanky Panky" cocktail - was the first woman head bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, working there for 23 years from 1903 until 1926.

Cocktail parties thrown at hotels required fancy dress.

Sparkling heels, white gloves, chunky necklaces, and fit-and-flare dresses were in vogue for women in the 60s, while most men tended to stick to their suits and ties.

And hotel dinners were extravagant affairs.

When the St. Regis hotel opened in New York in 1904, it was described by the press as "the most richly furnished and opulent hotel in the world" - and while its prestigious reputation lives on (its King Cole Bar is one of the most iconic hotel bars worldwide, and has appeared in a number of films), we doubt people dine there in full-length gowns and towering hats today.

Several of the most esteemed hotel bars have evolved with the times, such as The Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The hotel, which was originally called "Commercial Hotel," opened in 1886, but has gone through several renovations over the years, including the installation of its Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge in 1949.

The bar, which features 25 seats that turn on 2,000 large steel rollers, has long been a travel destination in its own right.

If you're sitting at the bar, you'll complete one full rotation every 15 minutes - which is just enough time to down a drink and order another.

Many acclaimed writers used to reportedly frequent the classic New Orleans haunt.

Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Anne Rice are just a smattering of the literary icons who have enjoyed a drink at the Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge in New Orleans - so-named because it is the only bar in the city that revolves.

But just likes its patrons, The Carousel Bar itself goes through refurbishments and renovations to stay au courant.

Click here to see what it looks like today.

There was no better place to rendezvous with your squad than at your favorite hotel haunt.

The above bar was known in the early 1900s as the Grotto Bar in the Auditorium Hotel, in Paradise Valley, Nevada, and from what we can ascertain, it was popular gathering spot for men in fedoras and black shirts.

All kinds of famous people, from authors to actors, commingled at hotel events.

From left to right, actress Cicely Courtneidge, showjumper Pat Smythe, and author Aage Thaarup hung out at a party at Claridge's Hotel in London in 1956.

And with a little foresight you could surely find a place that catered to your specific interests.

The folks who stayed at the Table Bluff Hotel and Saloon in Table Bluff, California, back in 1889, for instance, appeared to share a love of taxidermy-decor.

You were welcome to practice your hobbies, or brush up on your golf swing, should the mood strike.

Local golfer Bob Midwood took some time to demonstrate the proper way to hold a golf club to hus buddy Jack Richardson in the cocktail bar of the Staincross Hotel in Barnsley, Yorkshire, on February 13, 1962.

Even simple activities, like shaking a cocktail, were done in impeccable style.

Martyn Roland of the Savoy Hotel and its barman, Harry Craddock, are pictured above demonstrating how to shake a cocktail to writers and brothers Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell in 1927.

Hotel bars were considered *the* places to go in order to celebrate groundbreaking moments.

When Atlantic City opened its first casino, guests at the Rendezvous Bar at the Resorts International Hotel gazed upon the casino from the bar's terrace and sipped to its success in 1978.

The first anniversary of the Armistice, for example, was celebrated at the Ritz Hotel.

Armistice Day, often referred to as "peace day," falls on November 11 every year, and is a celebration observed over many nations to commemorate the soldiers who fought in World War I.

Guests at the Ritz Hotel in 1919 celebrated Armistice Day in swanky outfits and trendy surroundings.

This New Year's Eve party at the Piccadilly Hotel in London looked lavish.

Expensive furs, decorative florals, and slick double-breasted overcoats were popular garments in 1931, when this picture was taken.

Truman Capote once threw a ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The CEO of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford II, is pictured above dancing with his wife Anne McDonnell at Truman Capote's Black-and-White Ball in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City on November 28, 1966.

But you were also encouraged to dress to the nines for smaller-scale celebrations.

Sure, Leap Year parties aren't known for being the most exclusive events of all time, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by viewing photos of the glamorous guests at Nash's Club during a Leap Year Party Dinner at the Carlton Hotel in 1932.

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