Nightlife Destinations for a Party Vacation in Ibiza

Ibiza has become synonymous with some of the best parties in the world. Every summer, visitors from all over the globe make their way to Ibiza to experience the fabled nightlife that the island offers, creating some of the best vacation stories of all time. During the day, islanders typically spend their time on one of the many world-class beaches getting a tan or participating in a multitude of day parties and concerts. As the sun sets, the island’s most popular nightclubs turn into exactly what Ibiza is known for; the best party destination in the world. Dance the night away at an energetic nightlife venue where you’re sure to party until the sun comes up during your Ibiza island getaway.

Photo: Ushuaïa Ibiza

 

Amnesia

Arguably the most recognizable venue name on the whole island, Amnesia serves as the quintessential Ibiza nightclub. Amnesia hosts two massive rooms; The Club Room, a dark and dungeonesque space, and the Terrace, a large area with a glass roof that allows the morning’s sunlight to flood in, marking the end of the party. Both spaces have been the backdrop to some iconic nights, and are just waiting for you to come and experience everything they have to offer.

 

Photo: Amnesia

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Club

This award-winning destination is one of Ibiza’s crown jewels, boasting wild nightlife events within the venue of the Ushuaïa Ibiza Hotel. Attend the perfect beach party that’s filled with music blasting from some of the world’s best DJs who take the stage in front of hundreds of fans. With your hotel room overlooking the performance below, you’ll have a perfect view of the action with a convenient, private space to enjoy your exciting night.

 

Photo: Ushuaïa Ibiza

Hï Ibiza

Electronic music fans will relish in the atmosphere of Hï Ibiza, a nightclub that brings energetic and mystique to its crowds of excited guests. The state-of-the-art setting filled with lights and art installations attracts thousands each year to enjoy the highly-coveted space. Events featuring some of the world’s best DJs draw in plenty of EDM fans to experience a night of music and celebration.

 

Hï Ibiza

Privilege

With a world record for being the World’s Largest Nightclub, you’ll get lost in the excitement at Privilege–a nightlife superclub that holds up to 10,000 partygoers. This historic destination has been attracting Ibiza’s finest since the 70s, and hasn’t missed a beat at attracting thousands to dance the night away in the one-of-a-kind space.

 

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Pacha

Ibiza’s finest head to Pacha for a lavish escape into a world of entertainment. The world-renowned brand plays host to some of the hottest international DJs in an expansive venue that holds more than 3,000 guests. Partygoers bring their dancing shoes to this lively locale to mix, mingle and get the true Ibiza nightlife experience.

 

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Lío

This new hot spot combines mystery and elegance with a variety of music styles to inspire the crowds of partygoers. With unique, Mediterranean dishes served on the beautiful outdoor terrace, the restaurant will satisfy your senses and give you a perfect view of the city’s lights. Their cabaret performances are also sure to impress with dancers taking the stage for a performance to remember.

 

Photo: Lío Ibiza

DC-10

Since 1999, DC-10 has done things a little bit differently than any other club on the island. They provide little-to-no publicity or advertising for their events, which limits their customer base to those who do their research and are really there to party. DC-10 has long been known for its no-holds-barred parties that will leave even the most experienced ravers with their jaws on the floor.

 

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The Ninth

Start your night off at one of the most stylish and sophisticated bars in Ibiza, The Ninth. Located on the ninth floor of the Hard Rock Hotel, this chic rooftop sky bar supplies guests with beautiful panoramic views of Playa d’En Bossa and Ses Salines National Park. The monochrome and minimalist design of The Ninth resembles that of a modern yacht, and with vintage champagne and craft cocktails, you’ll feel the same levels of luxury.

 

Photo: The Ninth

Benimussa Park aka The Zoo Project

World famous for their “Zoo Parties,” Benimussa Park hosts some of the most mind-boggling day parties on the island that extend long into the night. Elegant dressing and intricate animal body paint are commonplace at this venue, so don’t be surprised if you end up dancing with a tuxedo-clad zebra. Fire dancing, meditation pits, break dancing competitions and high-quality techno music are all things you can expect to find at ‘The Zoo.’

 

Photo: The Zoo Project

Kumharas

Just a short taxi ride from San Antonio, this exotic venue will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a fantasy land. Kumharas is unique in Ibiza, as it possesses a mellow and relaxed atmosphere with more sophisticated drinks. This beachy hangout is great for a refined night of sipping and dining as an alternative to indulging in the energetic nightclub scene.

 

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Destino

Opened in 2013, Destino is one of the most recent additions to the Destino Pacha Resort roster. Located above the Talamanca resort on the cliffs of Cap Martinet, Destino offers some of the best views of Ibiza Town that can be found anywhere on the island. Destino is sometimes used for huge open-air parties with world-famous DJs but also hosts its own nightclub, TOX, that is hidden away in the basement of the venue.

 

Photo: Destino

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Sip Spirits at Some of the Best Cocktail Bars in London

London boasts the world’s most progressive culture of cocktail makers and drinkers. Other than shopping and sightseeing, exploring the nightlife and cocktail bar scene can be one of the most fun parts about being in London. From secluded and plush drinking dens to high-end hotel bars, you can find a great cocktail just about anywhere in the city. Whether you’d like to sip a handcrafted negroni in sumptuous surroundings or grab yourself a brand new creation from the bartender at the little bar down the alley, London’s cocktail scene has something for everyone.

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Artesian Bar at the Langham

The Langham London is one of London’s most famous hotels, and the bar that sits below it is one of London’s most iconic nightlife hot spots. The Artesian Bar at the Langham offers visitors an extensive rum selection, champagne list, and an ever-evolving cocktail menu. The sophisticated bar takes influence from traditional Chinese architecture and design which creates an intimate yet community-oriented space.

 

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham / Selfie Compatible cocktail

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham

McQueen

McQueen in Shoreditch is the quintessential James Bond bar, with antique aviation decorations, dim lighting, and three distinct rooms that all house a different personality. McQueen has often been referred to as ‘London’s Best Club’ for their sophistication and attention to detail. Comfortable booths and a full bar menu create the perfect night-out atmosphere, and you don’t even need to be 007 to enjoy it.

 

Photo: McQueen / Latin Lovers cocktail

Photo: McQueen London

69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row, often referred to as “The Bar With No Name”, sits along a quite Islington backstreet with a seemingly innocent exterior and no flashy gimmicks. This bar is for those who can really appreciate a great drink. The unpretentious and dimly lantern lit interior contains an antique wooden bar, behind which masters of alcohol craft the best cocktails you will ever have, hands down. Gentle jazz music and an Italian cafe-based design will ensure total relaxation.

 

Photo: Prairie Oyster 69 Colebrooke Row

Photo: 69 Colebrooke Row

Mahiki

Mahiki is looking to change the age-old stereotype that London remains in a constant state of rain and clouds. You will find nothing but sunshine and good times in this downtown Polynesian cocktail bar. Mahiki offers an area for dancing as well, leaving you plenty of room to party the night away at this celebrity hot spot.

 

Photo: Mahiki London

Photo: Mahiki London

The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar in Mayfair is an essential stop for anybody interested in history. A decor that brings the ‘20s back to life and a bold cocktail menu that perfectly combines old and new is exactly why The Connaught Bar has been awarded so much praise. If you like what you taste, they distill their own gin in-house so you can take a bottle home with you.

 

Photo: The Connaught Bar / Gentleman Spritz

Photo: The Connaught Bar

Ronnie Scotts

If you’re in the market for dinner and a show, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club is an essential stop. Exceptional drinks and a full food menu to match is why Ronnie Scott’s continues to draw in such big crowds after 60 years, and why many of the jazz world’s biggest names have played here more than once. Since their renovation, the club serves modern sophistication through their decor and the soul of jazz music through their drinks.

 

Photo: Ronnie Scott’s

Photo: Ronnie Scott’s

The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

Designed by Russell Sage, this cocktail bar’s interior feels more like an eclectic friend’s home rather than a bar and lounge. Plush seating, dim lighting, bookcases filled to the brim with stories and crackling fires are what make the Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar the perfect place for a relaxing evening out on the town. The drinks are created from taking inspiration from local distilling and drink-making history, and the Townhouse often hosts parties that are reflective of that history.

 

Photo: The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

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Africa’s Best Luxury Travel Destinations

Africa is one of the most beautiful and diverse continents on earth, with 54 countries and thousands of subcultures that are all drastically unique, both culturally and topographically. Often referred to as the ‘Mother Continent,’ it is widely believed that Africa is the center and starting point for mankind, which makes it the most historically intriguing area on earth. Adventure is the main attraction for travelers coming to Africa, a figure that has grown exponentially in recent years. From overnight safaris on the plains of the Serengeti to luxury shopping in some of the world’s best shopping centers, Africa is truly diverse and holds something unique for everybody who visits. To get a better idea of what parts of Africa appeal to you, take a look at this list of the best vacation areas in Africa and what they offer visitors.

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt, was built right along the bank of the Nile River. At the heart of Cairo, you can find Tahrir Square and the massive Egyptian Museum which holds a multitude of Egyptian antiquities and King Tutankhamun artifacts. Just a short drive away you can gaze upon the grandeur of the great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. At the end of your adventure, consider stopping in for a bite at one of Cairo’s many extravagant restaurants, such as Zitouni located in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. From moussaka to tabbouleh, Zitouni is sure to serve up some of the best traditional Egyptian cuisine in all of Cairo. After grabbing some quality grub, head upstairs to your Hotel Cairo room that features modern luxury and some of the best views of the Nile and the Citadel in all of Egypt.

 

Photo: Cairo / History on the Net

Photo: Cairo

Photo: Four Seasons Cairo

Seychelles

Travel to one of the many Seychelles islands in the Archipelago to uncover a tropical destination made up of beaches, wildlife and sparkling blue ocean views. You’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind luxury getaway when you stay at the unparalleled MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa on Mahé. Situated on one of the oldest islands in the world, this peninsula locale boasts dozens of private villas with infinity pools, butler service and spa treatments that place you in the lap of luxury. Known as one of the best restaurants in the Archipelago, La Plaine St. André in southern Mahé elevates Seychelles dining to include traditional and contemporary Creole cuisine in a historic plantation house setting. While the Seychelles is a more relaxed environment for nightlife, guests still enjoy toasting drinks at places like the Beach Bar at the Constance Lemuria Praslin Seychelles–an inviting hotel lounge where you can sip cocktails while overlooking a breathtaking view of the ocean.

 

Photo: Seychelles

Photo: Constance Lemuria Praslin Seychelles

Photo: Seychelles / Blue Safari

Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is globally known as one of the most vibrant and beautiful countries in North East Africa. Each city turns the page to a new chapter of your adventure. Consider visiting the Red City of Marrakech, where visitors can wander through the exotic Majorelle Gardens, explore the sprawling Saadian Tombs, or stare up at the grand Koutoubia Mosque. You can also walk down to the Jemaa al Fna Square, where bright stalls selling handmade goods are always eager to sell to travelers. At the end of the day, head back to your private villa at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech to unwind and enjoy your plunge pool on the terrace with expansive views of the city.

 

Photo: Marrakech

Photo: Koutoubia Mosque Courtyard

Photo: Mandarin Oriental Marrakech

Tanzania

If you’re more interested in connecting with the nature and culture of the places you visit, consider booking a flight to Tanzania. With Mount Kilimanjaro in the north and the picture-perfect white sand beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago to the east, Tanzania is truly one of the most beautiful countries on earth. If you don’t fancy hiking or laying out on the beach, Tanzania also holds the Serengeti National Park, where guests can embark on a wide range of all-inclusive safaris, or take a hot air balloon ride over the park. To the west of the Serengeti National Park lies Lake Victoria, one of the Great African Lakes. Head inland towards some of the towns and cities, such as Arusha or Stone Town, Zanzibar. In Zanzibar consider grabbing a bite to eat at Tea House at the Emerson Spice Hotel, one of the highest-rated restaurants in the country for their creative and mouth watering takes on traditional African dining, based around fresh seafood. Next, dive into the rich culture and history of this magnificent portion of Western Africa with a variety of tours and museums. When your day is done, head back to the Park Hyatt Zanzibar to return to refined luxury with chic suites and incredible ocean views.

 

Photo: Tanzania / Zanzibar Beach

Photo: Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo: Tanzania

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg has quickly become the economic powerhouse of South Africa, which has understandably driven up the demand for high-end hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. During the day, visitors can roam about numerous museums dedicated to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Visitors can also check out the Johannesburg Zoo, which boasts an albino lion exhibit. If you don’t mind traveling a short way outside of the city, you can seek out the Cradle of Humankind, a world-famous paleoanthropological site, or the Lion & Safari Park, which takes guests on guided tours of a game reserve with a variety of live animals on display in a more natural habitat then a zoo. When the sun begins to set, head back into the city and stop by The Little Fox, a cocktail bar that specializes in unique gin-based drinks. After drinks, make your way to DW Eleven-13 to grab a bite of the best seasonal menu in Joburg. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, they have a wonderful dessert menu. When you’re properly unwound from riding along lions all day, catch a quick taxi ride to the Four Seasons Hotel, Westcliff Johannesburg where you will be greeted with nothing but the utmost quality and respect in an impressive hillside location overlooking the city below.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel, Westcliff Johannesburg

Photo: Cradle of Humankind / Sterkfontein Caves

Photo: Johannesburg South Africa

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Set Sail at the World’s Best Yachting Destinations

There are few modes of travel that can measure up to the leisure and luxury of a yacht with the ocean breeze giving an added touch to your journey. The freedom you’ll experience out on the open water is unparalleled, and the designs and features that many yachts incorporate are second to none. Unlike cruise lines that set destinations for you, a private vessel gives you free rein when it comes to choosing where to drop anchor. If you’re itching to feel the wind in your hair and the spray of the sea on your face this summer, consider taking your journey to some of the world’s best yachting destinations.

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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The steady winds, naturally deep Charlotte Amalie Harbour, and calm winds make St. Thomas the perfect place to visit on your next yachting trip. The island’s topography becomes immediately apparent when you arrive, and visitors can expect to find fine dining and lavish shopping. The island paradise also serves as a haven for those seeking world-class snorkeling, kitesurfing and other enjoyable water activities.

 

Photo: St. Thomas / U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

Monaco

Monaco, which is synonymous with luxury and fine dining, creates a flawless environment to dock your yacht the next time you’re sailing the seven seas. World-class nightlife and the Monaco Grand Prix, which happens in May, add to the overall experience of extravagance that guests can expect when visiting the small, independent French city-state.

 

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French Riviera

As one of the most glamorous destinations in all of Europe, the French Riviera has it all. Consider a yachting vacation visiting the white sand beaches of Nice, the indescribable nightlife of Monte-Carlo, or the peaceful island of Porquerolles off the western coastline of Saint-Tropez. There are special events hosted year-round in the French Riviera, such as the Cannes Film Festival, that make it the perfect area to stop in and rest up before your next adventure.

 

Photo: French Riviera / Zeepod

Sardinia, Italy

Located off the coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia serves as an isolated getaway for those in search of peace and quiet. Amazing hiking trails and nuraghi stones make the island a wondrous place to explore, and the beautiful beaches are a great spot for catching a tan.

 

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St. Georges Parish, Bermuda

Local culture and leisure lifestyle abound at St. George’s Parish, a town on the Bermudian island of St. George. Every year, between the months of March and November, the world’s most elite sailing teams congregate at St. George’s Parish to compete in regattas that are hosted by Bermuda’s multitude of sailing clubs. Along with the races, the local culture and luxurious dining and shopping options make for the perfect area for relaxing on your private yacht.

 

Photo: St. Georges Parish, Bermuda

Greece

In an area that’s surrounded by multiple seas that are dotted with thousands of islands, Greece has served as a haven for luxury mariners for centuries. The natural beauty that flows from the whole country, as well as the cosmopolitan nightlife and globally-renowned dining and shopping, make Greece one of the most interesting places to visit in Europe. Visit Crete, Greece’s largest island, Athens, a city that overflows with history and culture, or Mykonos, an area known around the world for marvelous nightlife and leisure.

 

Photo: Greece Yacht

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. The picture-perfect New England colony is best known for its windswept beaches, quaint but luxurious cottages, and protected inlets. Nantucket originally made its fortune from the whaling trade, as made popular by the novel Moby Dick. Today, whaling ships have been replaced by luxurious superyachts as the world’s elite come together to experience the ultimate vacation destination.

 

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Escape the City at The Hamptons’ Most Luxurious Hotels

Every summer, New Yorkers trade in one island for another, giving up their natural concrete jungle for the sun-kissed beaches and windswept lawns of the Hamptons. The Hamptons has long served as a warm-weather getaway for the New York elite, and as such has gained a reputation for hosting some iconic hotel and restaurant hotspots that cater to a more sophisticated palette. When hunting down your ideal lodging situation, consider some of these havens of relaxation for your next journey to the Hamptons.

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Topping Rose House

Housed inside a fully restored 1842 Greek revival mansion, Topping Rose House combines the old with the new in a design concept that offers a feast for the senses. Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, the Hampton’s first luxury hotel brings guests 22 pristine rooms along with a selection of freestanding cottages. From the art to the cuisine, everything has been given top tier consideration and care at Topping Rose House.

 

Photo: Topping Rose House

Photo: Topping Rose House

The Baker House 1650

For a taste of historic luxury in the Hamptons, consider staying at The Baker House 1650. Built in the 17th century by one of the area’s founders, this bed and breakfast has beautifully preserved many of the original details such as the cast-iron staircase and exposed wood-beam ceilings. There are plenty of ways to relax at The Baker House as well; take a stroll through the gardens or spend an afternoon at the beach.

 

Photo: The Baker House 1650

Photo: The Baker House 1650

Gurneys Montauk Resort

While vacationers searching for a lively stay might enjoy Ruschmeyers or The Surf Lodge, those searching for a quieter escape take shelter at the iconic hotel and beach club Gurney’s Montauk Resort. First opened in 1926 along 2,000 feet of private beach, Gurney’s has undergone some massive renovations and promises everything a modern Hampton vacationer could want. Floor to ceiling windows with great views of the ocean, rain showers, and a full spa are just a few of the features that make Gurney’s such a lovely place to stay.

 

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Inn at Windmill Lane

Hidden away behind meticulously manicured hedges lies Amagansett’s Inn at Windmill Lane. With all the charm of a bed and breakfast mixed with the luxury of a 5-star hotel, a stay at the Inn feels like a dream. Choose between any of the seven private rooms, three cottages, and a four-bedroom guest house that all include full room service. The Inn also provides guests a fleet of SUVs as a shuttle service to and from the nearby Indian Wells Beach.

 

Photo: Inn at Windmill Lane

Photo: Inn at Windmill Lane

The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

Staying at The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant feels like staying at a dear friend’s home. The owners of the inn have adorned the walls and tables with art and antiques gathered during their travels around the world. At the restaurant, guests can get a taste of the monthly rotating menu that highlights foods at the height of their season, all produced by chef Brian Szostak.

 

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

The Hedges Inn

If you’re looking to start off your summer season with total relaxation, nothing beats watching the swans glide across the East Hampton village pond from the Hedges Inn’s white clapboard porch. Continuing inside, the 19th-century boarding house overflows with tranquility and historic charm. Guest rooms feature white-washed brick with blue and green accents to create a coastal, chic atmosphere that is sure to put you in the perfect summer mood.

 

Photo: The Hedges Inn

Photo: The Hedges Inn

The Maidstone Hotel

The Maidstone Hotel offers a splash of color in the traditionally neutral-toned neighborhoods of the Hamptons. The 16 rooms and three private cottages take design inspiration from Scandinavian heritage, bringing a variety of unique designs to the space. With a personal beach parking permit included with every stay, the ocean will always be within your reach at this classic, boutique vacation spot.

 

Photo: The Maidstone Hotel

Photo: The Maidstone Hotel

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

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Hotels

Your hotel choice will be the cherry on top of your 21st birthday weekend when you book a destination fit for rest and relaxation. The Mondrian is centrally located on Sunset Strip and has an iconic pool with infinite views of the city. The trendy W Hotel is a bustling Hollywood Boulevard hotspot that places you right in the center of the action. If you stay at The London West Hollywood, you’ll be in the lap of luxury with the hotel’s glamorous feel and beautiful views. The elegant design of the Kimpton La Peer hotel makes for a photo-worthy experience and has a prime location right off of the iconic Melrose Boulevard. The stylish Dream Hollywood is also a coveted destination due its location and variety of sister nightlife properties right next door.

 

Photo: Dream Hollywood

Photo: Kimpton La Peer

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86. Video game fans will have a blast at Button Mash, a “barcade” with a variety of vintage arcade games along with an extensive beer selection. Take your birthday to new heights with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles that will give you a bird’s eye view of the City of Angels.

 

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dining

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats. Tao is one of the city’s most trendy dining destinations with an expansive layout and Asian-inspired dishes that attract an A-list clientele to its Hollywood location. After a weekend of partying, check out Gracias Madre for brunch to indulge in their plant-based menu that satisfies vegans and meat lovers alike.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel room. You can also rise to the top of the Dream Hotel to visit The Highlight Room, a rooftop destination perfect for taking in some poolside sunshine while dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: The Highlight Room

Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting. The newly revitalized nightclub Bootsy Bellows has an elegant, Palm Springs-inspired look for you to party the night away in style. Music lovers will appreciate the vibe at The Peppermint Club, known for its live performances and energetic weekend atmosphere.

 

Photo: Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Photo: Poppy LA

Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more. You’ll love the tiki theme at Lono, a spacious bar on Hollywood Boulevard known for its tropical drinks and vibrant crowd. If you’re in Downtown LA, Clifton’s is a historic bar with five separate levels of dancing and drinking along with a speakeasy hidden behind a secret door. Karaoke fans will love Tramp Stamp Granny’s, a chic, Hollywood piano bar where a live pianist leads the crowd in singing top hits for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Lono Hollywood

Photo: Tenants of the Trees

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Photo: Malibu Wines – See Shop Eat Do

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Catch LA

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Photo: Madame Siam

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Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

 

Satisfy Your Cravings at LA’s Finest Mexican Restaurants

Great Mexican food is almost like a birthright for Los Angeles, considering the area used to be part of Mexico. With such a strong cultural influence still present in the city today, Mexican restaurants are plentiful, including menus of upscale Mexican cuisine. With Cinco de Mayo filling the city with cravings for tacos, quesadillas and the like, what better way is there to celebrate than by grabbing a bite and a margarita at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Gracias Madre

In a city known for its availability of vegan food options, Gracias Madre quickly rises above the competition. Their secret is to take traditional Mexican dishes that are already close to being vegan and push them over the edge. Gracias Madre is widely known for its tasty guacamole, mezcal, and cashew-based cheese. They also serve an agave-heavy cocktail menu that won’t have you feeling guilty in the morning.

 

Photo: Gracias Madre

Photo: Gracias Madre

Toca Madera

An extensive cocktail menu and expertly-crafted Mexican cuisine classics make Toca Madera an all-in-one package. For a night out, look no further than a drive to West Hollywood where you can lounge at Toca Madera all night and never get bored. Celebrities, locals, and visitors alike flock there each day for high-quality dishes and one of the most lively dining atmospheres in Los Angeles.

 

Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

Broken Spanish

Located a few blocks from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish should be your go-to spot for a night out before or after the big game. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a place for drinks and dancing, Broken Spanish has it all. Crowds from all over the city congregate here for some of the best modern Mexican food in the city.

 

Photo: Broken Spanish

Photo: Broken Spanish

Petite Taqueria

Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood boasts a menu of Mexican classics with a twist. The prime La Cienega location in the heart of the neighborhood’s bustling nightlife scene makes it the perfect pre-party destination for enjoying a mouth-watering dinner. Fans of savory Mexican dishes and flavorful cocktails are sure to enjoy the Petite Taqueria experience.

 

Photo: Petite Taqueria

Photo: Petite Taqueria

Coni Seafood

If seafood is what you seek, Coni’Seafood has what you’ve been looking for. Beginning in the owner’s backyard in 1987, the restaurant has been fueling the larger LA community with Nayarit-style seafood for decades. Widely considered one of, if not the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, everything from ceviche to tacos de Marlin is served up with care and precision at both of their LA locations.

 

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Photo: Coni’Seafood

La Casita Mexicana

Heading south of Downtown lies La Casita Mexicana, a colorful Dia de Los Muertos themed restaurant that has been serving up some of the area’s best Chile En Nogada for years. The two head chefs of La Casita Mexicana are absolute rockstars when it comes to cooking up Mexican food, and they have quickly turned their restaurant into a Southern California institution.

 

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Photo: La Casita Mexicana

Red O Taste of Mexico

The Red O culinary team prides themselves on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes, as well as their steaks and seafood dishes. The restaurant, located in Santa Monica, houses a friendly and inviting interior that makes guests want to sit and have just one more glass of wine.

 

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Photo: Red O Santa Monica

El Compadre

If there’s one thing that can get you ready for the weekend, it should be margaritas and dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood. Flaming drinks, an all-night mariachi band, and authentic Mexican food come together to create the perfect atmosphere to have a party. Experience this Los Angeles outpost for a menu of delicious dishes made from family recipes that won’t disappoint.

 

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Photo: El Compadre

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The Best Hotel Pools in Los Angeles

In an area with scorching summers and perpetual, year-round sunshine, Los Angeles proves to be the perfect city for relaxation and leisure by the pool. When choosing a hotel to stay in during your time in the City of Angels, it’s important to consider the hotel pool, as it can serve as a fabulous place to spend an afternoon or two getting a tan or swimming some laps. Many of the city’s hotel pools also serve as nightlife hotspots for locals with live DJs and world-class cocktail bars. To help make your next hotel decision a little bit easier, take a dive into this list of the very best hotel pools around the city.

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Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel brings guests and visitors one of the most sought after pool experiences in the city. The rooftop pool and bar provide spectacular panoramic views of the city and serve as a great spot to grab some rays during the day. At night, the rooftop transforms into a vibrant pool party with a craft cocktail menu and the lights of Downtown creating an unforgettable experience.

 

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Freehand Los Angeles

Located at 8th and Olive in the former Commercial Exchange building, The Freehand Hotel was accepted with instant acclaim for its hotel/hostel combination with modern boho-chic designs. Head upstairs and you’ll find the stunning rooftop pool deck, as well as the award-winning bar Broken Shaker. When you’re done soaking up the sunshine poolside, weekend nights bring a live DJ and crowds of nightlife enthusiasts.

 

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The London West Hollywood

Located in the heart of the city, this rooftop pool offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. Along with breathtaking views, The London offers guests a wide range of upscale amenities such as handcrafted cocktails and an unparalleled menu of meal options that will leave you with a smile on your face. If you prefer a bit of privacy, consider renting out a cabana for a stylish shade from the LA sunshine.

 

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WET Deck at the W Hollywood

The WET Deck at the W Hollywood sits right above the iconic Hollywood and Vine intersection, offering visitors breathtaking views of the neighborhood as they lounge by the pool in this laid-back experience. If you prefer a bit more privacy, reserve your own luxury cabana with bottle service for an exclusive touch. As the sun sets the WET Deck transforms into a high-energy pool party that you won’t want to miss.

 

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This David Hockney-designed pool is the epitome of Hollywood culture and history. Surrounded by sultry palm trees and the Tropicana Bar, the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel proves to be the ideal place to catch a tan, and maybe even see a celebrity or two. Tasty drinks and choice music are always on the menu at the Roosevelt.

 

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The Standard Downtown LA

Voted as one of the top 10 hotel pools in the world by Travel + Leisure, The Standard’s pool exudes relaxation. Vibrating water beds, a full cocktail lounge, and pristine blue water have taken this swimming masterpiece to the next level. They also host fun nighttime activities, such as bringing in live DJs and playing movies over a projector.

 

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Altitude Pool at SLS Beverly Hills

Enjoy dedicated poolside service as you relax with some of the best views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles when you visit Altitude Pool. Weekend DJs make Altitude an all-out pool party, including delicious drinks and the option to reserve a private cabana. If you’re looking for somewhere to lay out and soak up some sun in peace, don’t worry. Weekdays are all about relaxation and stress-free living.

 

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Veranda at Hotel Figueroa

Downtown’s remodeled Hotel Figueroa brings guests open and spacious terrace dining and a poolside experience that takes relaxation and luxury to new heights. Veranda offers visitors a view of their unique, coffin-shaped pool, a full outdoor dining menu and drinks from world-class cocktail bar Rick’s. If you’re looking for a serene escape during your Downtown LA stay, the Hotel Figueroa pool is the perfect place to unwind.

 

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Viceroy Santa Monica Poolside Cabanas and Patio

Dive into relaxation at Viceroy Santa Monica. Kick back on the patio, rest up in a private cabana, or take a dip in the pristine waters of this top tier pool. Cabanas are perfect for families or groups of friends looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and the patio is inviting for all who seek a leisurely day in the sun.

 

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Toast to the Good Life at the Best Cocktail Bars in Miami

Every year, millions of people flock to the city of Miami for their perfect weather, beautiful beaches, and unparalleled nightlife. There’s a never-ending list of things to do and places to see in and around Miami, but nothing compares to relaxing after a long day with a drink at one of the city’s many impressive bars and lounges. Before your next trip to the Magic City, check out these picks for some of the best cocktail bars so you’ll know exactly where to go to unwind.

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Los Altos

From the creators of Ball & Chain comes a new hole-in-the-wall destination that you can find up the stairs from Taquerias el Mexicano. Keeping with the South of the Border theme of their downstairs neighbors, Los Altos brings bright decor and a Mexican-influenced cocktail menu.

 

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Cafe La Trova

Longtime cocktail creators Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein have brought Miami a slice of classic and modern Cuban-inspired drinks and eats. Cafe La Trova pays homage to 1980’s Miami Cuban culture with their design as well as their menu, and even offer a top-tier coffee counter.

 

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Astra

This rooftop paradise has a wide enough range of Greek-inspired cocktails to make you feel like you’ve traveled to Santorini. The space combines an industrial chic vibe with the ‘ambience of Mykonos’ to truly set it apart from its competition.

 

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Boombox

Walking into Boombox is just like taking a step back in time to the late ’80s and early ‘90s. With a menu that boasts cocktails like the “Lemon Drop the Mic” and “The Longest Island Iced Tea,” Boombox is a different party every night with new music daily and fun themes for special occasions.

 

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Kaido Miami

Brad Kilgore and award-winning bartender Nico de Soto have teamed up to bring Miami a little piece of Japanese culture in their newest cocktail bar, Kaido. Traditional Japanese drinks and eats with a fun modern twist can be found on the menu at Kaido. Behind the bar is a secret speakeasy dubbed AMA, where guests that are in the know can have a unique drinking experience of their own.

 

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Broken Shaker

Vacationers from all over the world flock to Broken Shaker in the Freehand Hotel for their award-winning and world-renowned handcrafted cocktails. Exotic produce and freshly-made, mysterious elixirs are used to create delicious drinks with international flavors that will have you coming back time and time again. If you want to enjoy the beautiful Miami weather, take a seat in their backyard patio that gives guests a secluded outdoor drinking experience.

 

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Bar Bevy

Located above Pharrell William’s restaurant Swan, Bar Bevy serves as its exotic and mysterious counterpart. Velvet seating, heavy curtains, dark wood floors, and interesting wall art make for some serious Arabian Nights vibes. To escape the dark interior, they also have airy, outdoor seating with string lights and heaters for chilly evenings.

 

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Jaguar Sun

Recently opened on the ground floor of the luxurious X Miami apartments, Jaguar Sun has been creating quite a bit of buzz in the downtown bar scene. Using a large variety of popular and small batch brands of liquor, the team at Jaguar Sun have created a unique and satisfying selection of cocktails, ranging from all the classics to new tiki drinks.

 

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Lost Boy

Lost Boy is a two-story downtown Miami cocktail bar with quite the unique variety of interior designs. Whether you’re a fan of the American Southwest, traditional English pubs, or even drunken sailor bars, you can find it all at Lost Boy. The menu reflects the designs, in that they offer a straightforward menu of drinks and snacks that have stood the test of time. Along with cocktails, you can expect to see wines, tap-only beers served in pints, and exceptional coffee.

 

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10 LA Estate Rentals for an Escape to Luxury

People visit Los Angeles from all over the world looking to indulge in the creative culture, beautiful weather, and lavish surroundings. Splurging on a luxurious hotel room is one way to dive into the perks of the city, but an estate rental may also take your trip to the next level of extravagance. Your LA vacation will be one to remember when you see what it’s like to live in one of these breathtaking rentals.

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Sunset Hideaway

An acre of land North of Sunset Boulevard will be yours if you rent this modern, Beverly Hills property. The designer kitchen is perfect for cooking up a meal with a view of the swimming pool and jacuzzi out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The gated entry and lush landscaping create an air of privacy for you and your guests to enjoy your luxury hideaway.

 

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Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate

You’ll have everything you need when you rent this impressive property with an elegant, modern design. Large enough for eight guests, the picturesque pool deck offers a breathtaking view of Los Angeles making this Hollywood Hills space a great place for al fresco group entertainment. With palm trees dotting the property, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the terrace, you’ll have a classic LA getaway at this luxury escape.

 

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Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria

You’ll live in the lap of luxury in this four-bedroom estate overlooking the Los Angeles skyline in the heart of Bel Air. The expansive backyard comes complete with an infinity pool, spa and multiple shaded seating areas that create the perfect setting for an evening under the stars. The modern furnishings, dramatic ceilings and natural sunlight will keep you satisfied in this stylish and welcoming space.

 

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Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa

This Tuscan-inspired villa will be the secret to a relaxing vacation with its crystal clear views of the Pacific. Take in the Malibu sunshine with a private swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor kitchen that creates the perfect entertainment space. Move the party inside to find a wet bar, billiard table and walk-in wine cave in the bright, airy environment.

 

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Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Zen Oasis

Relaxation is inevitable in this artsy, Beverly Hills estate located in the Trousdale community. The décor boasts a mix of modern and traditional with an array of eccentric design elements. Take a dip in the expansive swimming pool or lounge in the spacious, indoor living areas with help from a personal housekeeper to cater to your every need.

 

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Mockingbird Estate

Get lost in paradise at this stunning property with unobstructed views that span from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Located at the top of a bluff in the Hollywood Hills, the Italian-inspired home is full of elaborate details such as a sun deck, poolside cabana, and sculptures by well-established artists. You’ll never want to leave this 67,000 square foot lot that acts as the perfect stay for up to 14 of your closest friends.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Nusa Dua Resort

Escape to an ocean paradise in this Bali-inspired, beachfront estate. The outdoors are just a button away as the glass walls can be opened to bring nature right into your home. The smart home amenities, top-of-the-line kitchen and access to a private beach cove make this five-bedroom rental one of the best on the water.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand

Head to the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to live in this modern work of art with an unparalleled space for entertainment. The bright furnishings and opulent decor create a lavish atmosphere where you’ll spend your time in the private movie theater, eye-catching kitchen, and private backyard space perfect for a gathering. The breathtaking outdoor living space will keep guests entertained as you dive into the pool on a sunny LA day.

 

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Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Trousdale

This newly remodeled estate brings elements of warmth and style to the prime, Beverly Hills location. The private, gated entry gives way to a 12,000 square foot property complete with a screening room, state-of-the-art appliances and an elevator to move easily between floors. Head outside to enjoy the customized swimming pool and see stunning views of the hillside as the backdrop to your stay.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Hollywood Vista Estate

You’ll live like a star at this exclusive estate in the Hollywood Hills’ OutPost Estates. You’ll get two homes in one at this property which features lavish furnishings, a game room, and two heated pools. The sweeping views of the city create a serene atmosphere as you settle into your own private oasis.

 

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