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Modeled after the Tuscan villa of Adalberto Malatesta, the Granduca of Monfallito, you’ll feel as if you are in a cozy living room as you sip your libation in the bar of Hotel Granduca. Aptly named Bar Malatesta, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's bar has the air of a 16th-century Italian palace, but the welcoming undertone of a good friend’s den. As you revel in the design of this regal Italian living room, we encourage you to look around and admire the hand-painted walls and ceilings with wood accents; it’s absolutely beautiful. The recessed lighting lends an inviting atmosphere, bathing the room in a warm golden tone.
As you sip on one of the signature cocktails such as the Tuscan Sun — Skyy Vodka shaken with peach nectar and a dash of Grenadine Liquor — or the Club Malatesta — shaken with Ketel One and a smidge of Campari with an orange peel — you can nibble on the complimentary appetizers. If one of the cocktails isn’t for you, you can lose yourself in the bar’s extensive wine list.
On Thursday nights you can enjoy the tunes of an acoustic guitar and bass flute duo, while a pianist tickles the ivories on Friday and Saturday nights. If you happen to be visiting the luxury Houston hotel during the week or are looking for a quieter atmosphere, step outside to enjoy your drinks on the beautiful terrace that overlooks the picturesque pool.