Hotel Murano’s artistic glass motif spans 24 finely curated floors. In spring, this creative vision made way for a clever revamping of the lobby bar, from artful new menu items to a fresh and airy ambience.
Even the name of BAR960 is inspired by glass art, being the temperature of glass cooling ovens. The bar’s seating offers a unique vantage point to view the lobby’s extensive art collection. Looking up, guests also can see impressive sculptures hanging from the walls and ceiling.
Nothing complements an art gallery like an artisanal cocktail, though. BAR960’s menu highlights include the spiced chai sidecar made with house-infused chai vodka, as well as the Paloma on draft made with fresh-pressed grapefruit and lime juice.
Another creative ingredient on the menu is sourced 245 feet above the guests’ heads: Hotel Murano’s own rooftop honeycomb. The in-house apiary produces fresh honey for several customer favorites, like the King Bee cocktail, the honey bourbon wings, and the charcuterie plate.
“We were amazed at how much honey our bees produce, and we love experimenting with their honey in creative ways throughout our food and beverage menus,” said John Nelson, director of Food and Beverage.
While the BAR960 team can’t produce all of its ingredients on the premises, they does their best to source locally. Executive Chef Matt Stickle incorporates Townsend Creamery cheeses into his dishes, and also features a variety of local selections on the beer and wine list.
“Overall, the result is a range of shareable plates that pair well with our drink menu of craft cocktails, local beers, and wine in a relaxed and casual way,” Stickle said.
BAR960 serves more than just hotel guests. With the renovation, Hotel Murano hoped to open up the space to travelers and locals alike. A new set of street-facing panel windows increases the bar’s natural lighting on the inside, as well as its visibility from the outside.
“Our goal was to create a welcoming and inspiring destination in downtown Tacoma for great service, delicious food, and creative cocktails,” Stickle said. “Whether you’re in town for a conference, looking for a pre- or post-Tacoma Dome spot to get revved up or wind down, an after-work happy hour — we wanted it to feel like a place you can drop in and meet up with friends.”
With seasonally driven craft beverages and a frequent rotation of unique draft cocktails, there’s always something new to sip on at BAR960.