A Ping Pong Match for Champs at the Metal One World Players’ Party

Tennis enthusiasts around the world will be tuned in to see this year’s 118th US Open held in Flushing, New York. The historic tournament gathers the best of the best to compete for a grand prize of over 50 million dollars. While there is a large prize at stake, there’s still time for a little fun for those planning to participate in Metal’s One World Players’ Party—an exclusive ping pong shootout between pros and amateurs.

 

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In the competitive spirit of the US Open, the World Players’ Party is being co-organized by Premier Live and SG Doyen to give amateurs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play against ATP/WTA pros. On August 22nd the twenty-four players, ranging between tennis fans and seasoned professionals, will battle it out to see who will make it to the top. The top four finalists will play in the semifinals and and championship matches where the $50,000 prize purse will be decided.

The ping pong social club SPiN, known for their celebrity matches and exciting events, will be sponsoring the World Players’ Party held at the World Trade Center. The 64th floor Sky Lobby location will provide guests with an unparalleled view of the New York City skyline in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Olympic-style ping pong tables will be guaranteed along with first-class culinary and cocktail selections. Before the game, live music by Marshall Seese will energize the group for and exciting match while guests mix and mingle with celebrities, and ATP, WTA and PGA tour pros. Additional musical performances will set the mood with previous Premier Live acts including Sean Paul, Jewel and Aloe Blacc.

The night isn’t just for fun and games, as the invite-only guest list of 200 high-profile attendees will participate in a charity auction to kick off the event for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will go to the National Tennis Foundation, which helps give children a pathway to athletic success, along with a selection of charities run by the pros themselves. It’s sure to be a night to remember for everyone involved as a lively way to kick off the world-renowned tournament.

 

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Photo: One World Players’ Party

Photo: One World Players’ Party

Photo: One World Players’ Party

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The Metal One World Players’ Party is an invite-only private event. For information on accommodations in New York City, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

 

Savor a Sip at San Diego’s 10 Best Cocktail Bars

While San Diego is most known in the bar world for its brewery and craft beer scene, nightlife aficionados know that there’s also a draw for delicious cocktails at the city’s best bars and lounges. The ocean breeze adds to the atmosphere at bars with rooftop views, while hideaway hot spots make for the perfect intimate evening. These attractive spaces, each with their own delicious drinks, will have you buzzed and satisfied in any of San Diego’s many neighborhoods.

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Madison

For an upscale escape into a cozy modern space, Madison is the perfect date night. Their menu uses quality ingredients and spirits to complement the sleek, wooden design.

 

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Sycamore Den

The ‘70s feeling is strong at this Normal Heights bar. The youthful clientele appreciate the throwback stone and panels that line the walls as they sip the selection of craft cocktails.

 

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Polite Provisions

This James Beard-nominated bar has a staff that acts more like medicine men than bartenders. Their drug store-inspired drinks will heal all your ailments with a touch of style.

 

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Kettner Exchange

This impressive space, inspired by San Diego’s founding father William Kettner, provides the perfect place for libations no matter your mood. Take a seat indoors or mingle at the outdoor patio bar for an energetic escape.

 

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Seven Grand

Just like its Los Angeles and Austin counterparts, Seven Grand offers up an extensive whiskey collection. Test out the variety of unique flavors in the classic, dimly lit hideaway.

 

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False Idol

Tucked inside the beloved Craft & Commerce bar is a festive tiki escape. Tropical rum drinks will have you feeling a buzz amongst their island-inspired décor.

 

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Kindred

This eclectic destination mixes edgy gothic elements with a vegan food menu to create a quirky getaway. Their creative cocktails will be the cherry on top when you take in this one-of-a-kind hot spot.

 

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Herb & Wood

The ever-thriving Little Italy neighborhood gets help from the chic style of Herb & Wood. Their herb-induced cocktails make for a refreshing touch as you lounge amidst the trendy crowd.

 

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You & Yours Distilling Co.

Breweries are a popular hangout, but You & Yours makes distilleries worth visiting with a world-class cocktail program. The female-run company uses their flagship vodka and gin to mix up a memorable experience.

 

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Noble Experiment

This speakeasy destination in the Gaslamp District keeps things hushed, hidden in the back of Neighborhood restaurant. The detail-oriented drinks are sure to impress as talented bartenders show off their skills of the trade.

 

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The Best Vegan Eats in LA

Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections.

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Mohawk Bend

This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

 

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Café Gratitude

A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

 

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Zinc Café

This vegetarian and vegan garden escape sits in the middle of Downtown LA’s arts district. The veggie dining and adjoining market provide everything you need for a healthy, meatless meal.

 

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Beelman’s

Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

 

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Real Food Daily

This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

 

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The Butcher’s Daughter

The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

 

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Gracias Madre

One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

 

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Bluebird Brasserie

This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

 

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Wild Living Foods

Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

 

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The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

 

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A Beachfront Getaway at The Thompson Cape

A Mexico vacation might be just what you need to indulge in rest and relaxation this summer. The Thompson Cape Hotel is a charming, beachside escape that will have you taking in the sun while falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves. With features like a rooftop bar, saltwater pool, and unforgettable Panoramic Suite, you’ll never experience Cabo in a more lavish way.

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Style

Looking out at the calming El Arco and Baha Cabo San Lucas landscape will be the new normal when you stay at The Cape’s prime location. The Monuments Beach point break will act as your home away from home as the building’s architecture sits atop the popular surfing destination. The contemporary look inspired by 1960s Baja and Southern California leaves both the interior and exterior design to provide an inviting environment with unparalleled views.

 

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Stay

Floor-to-ceiling windows give you expansive views of the ocean below in each of The Cape’s luxurious, contemporary rooms. Private balconies and copper bathtubs are just a few of the unique features present in the resort’s dwellings. Upgrade to a stay in the Panoramic Suite where guests are afforded a private plunge pool, standing telescope, fully stocked craft cocktail bar and of course panoramic views of the surrounding beachside oasis. If you’re looking for the ultimate private experience, The Villas offer residential-style living away from the hotel’s center and come complete with a personal concierge dedicated to fulfill your every request.

 

Photo: Panoramic Suite at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Surfers Villa at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Amenities

Your stay will include plenty of lavish amenities like high-tech rain showers, a salt water pool, and transportation services. Guests also have access to the Currents Spa, which creates a tranquil experience in the middle of a natural rock formation onsite at the resort. The calming sound of the waves will help set the mood alongside a massage, steam room and cabanas with an ocean view.

 

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Eat & Drink

The menu of Pacific seafood cuisine at The Cape’s restaurant Manta uses local ingredients to create a flavorful selection of traditional Baja dining. Named after the Spanish word for “blanket,” Manta promises comfort as guests have an authentic meal overlooking the ocean. After dinner, guests can head six stories up to one of the hotel’s four bars, The Rooftop—also the only rooftop bar and lounge in Cabos San Lucas. The unforgettable sunsets on the twinkling garden patio are sure to set the mood for romance.

 

Photo: Manta at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Rooftop at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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