Presidential Lounge at The Mission Inn

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A Historic Bar and Lounge in one of Riverside's
Most Famous Settings

Meet for Drinks and Cocktails Surrounded by Some of the
Countries Most Prominent Figures.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has such a long-running history with U.S. Presidents that it only seems fitting to have a Presidential Lounge which pays homage to the 10 U.S. Presidents who have passed through the hotel. On the wall are portraits of Presidents of the United States who have visited the Mission Inn during their lifetimes.

Drinks at the Presidential Lounge

Designed to reflect the stature of these lofty guests, bronze gates frame the entrance into the interior of the Presidential Lounge. The décor in this Riverside bar features a heavy beamed ceiling and dark paneled walls, which are brightened by an unusual skylight dome of blue and gold stained glass. To commemorate President Roosevelt’s May 7, 1903 visit, the stained glass window facing the Court of the Birds displays the Presidential flag and date.

The Presidential Lounge is steeped in history and was originally built in 1902 as a luxurious four-room apartment. President Roosevelt stayed in the apartment during his overnight visit in 1903 and President William Howard Taft enjoyed the seclusion of the suite in 1909 before attending the grand banquet.

In 1926, Crown Prince Gustavus and Princess Louise of Sweden occupied the suite briefly before being escorted to a festive dinner party in the outdoor Spanish Patio. By 1939, the apartment had been converted into a large room suitable for meetings or other functions.

In 1940, Richard Nixon and Patricia Ryan were married in a simple Quaker ceremony on June 21. The space was remodeled in 1957 into a cocktail lounge and completely renovated again during the 1985 restoration.

If you stop in the Presidential Lounge for a JFK Cosmopolitan or a Herbert Hoover Lemon Drop, these signature cocktails will leave you feeling quite stately indeed — and in very good company. And you can savor your drink along with live jazz music Friday and Saturday evenings.

Join us in celebrating the Inn's 111th anniversary! As a salute to our past and future, we have created an exclusive cocktail menu, click here to view.

Kelly's Summer Melon Royal

Featured Cocktails

The Mission Inn Perfect Margarita
Sauza Blue Reposado-100% Agave Tequila, Cointreau, Fresh Orange & Lime Juice, Sweet n’ Sour and Agave Nectar.

Kelly's Summer Melon Royal
Grey Goose Le Melon, Lemon-Lime Soda, Two Slices of Fresh Cantaloupe and Garnished with Mint Sprig.

Lounge Hours:

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday and Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
Sunday – 9:30 a.m. to Midnight

Happy Hour
Monday to Friday - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Live Entertainment
Light Jazz Friday & Saturday – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.