Have Fun in the Sun at California’s Best Music Festivals

California boasts some of the best weather in the country which makes it the perfect host for lively music festivals each year. People from all over the world gather in the thousands to enjoy their favorite artists underneath the California sunshine. From artsy independent groups to well known pop stars, you can see your favorite hits performed live along with crowds of cheering fans. These music festivals are sure to bring you fun in the sun during your next trip to California.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Coachella – Mid-April

Officially titled the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, this world-renowned event is known for its stylish crowd and unparalleled lineup of artists. Thousands flock to the Coachella Valley desert to not only dance under the sun to their favorite music, but also to take in the art and cultural aspects of the exciting event. Camping out in tents on the campground or renting a luxury villa with a group of friends is also known to enhance the experience along with attending the numerous sponsored events and parties throughout the area.

 

Photo: Coachella Music Festival

Photo: Coachella Music Festival

Outside Lands – Mid-August

One of Northern California’s most iconic festivals, Outside Lands is an exciting event held annually in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The quirky and mystical theme makes for an artistic escape with plenty of musical performances along with food, drinks, art and comedy. The diverse lineup includes favorites across the music landscape in rock, hip hop, pop and more.

 

Photo: Outside Lands

Photo: Outside Lands / Adrian Spinelli

FYF Fest – Late Summer

This two-day festival has boomed in popularity through the years with top notch lineups attracting Los Angeles locals for an end-of-the-summer celebration. The variety of acts including big name music veterans and indie favorites makes for an eclectic mix that everyone can enjoy. With plenty of food vendors, art installations and a beer garden, FYF attendees get an exciting taste of summer at LA’s historic Coliseum in Exposition Park.

 

Photo: FYF Fest

Photo: FYF Fest

Lightning in a Bottle – Mid-May

While music is the main focus for this event, attendees get a well-rounded experience through talks led by worldly experts, hands-on workshops, healing sessions and more. You’re sure to be entertained through the various activities occurring throughout the grounds ranging from dining experiences to live painting to performance art. The Location in the hills of Monterey County also provides a coastline for you to take a dip in the lake while enjoying the melodies.

 

Photo: Lightning in a Bottle

Photo: Lightning in a Bottle

Treasure Island Festival – Mid-October

Head to the Bay Area to experience Oakland’s two-day Treasure Island Festival, fully stocked with buzzworthy indie music acts and appealing headliners. You’ll never have to choose between two performances as set times never overlap, letting you jam out to each and every artist while overlooking the water of the San Francisco Bay.

 

Photo: Treasure Island Music Festival

Photo: Treasure Island Music Festival with Santigold

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on accommodations for any of these festivals, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

Sundance Film Festival 2019: Highlights & Party Guide

One of the film industry’s biggest highlights each year is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Industry professionals, celebrities, and film buffs flock to the wintery event for 10 days of appreciating the best new films in the world. With glamorous industry parties and A-list guest lists, the small town is transformed into a playground for Hollywood and movie lovers across the world.

Photo: Sundance Park CIty

 

Films

Whether you have a Festival Pass to attend screenings as you please, or individual tickets for anticipated favorites, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the entertaining week. There are more than 100 films being screened as festivalgoers enjoy their time through attending premieres, industry panels and mingling with the cinema-loving crowd. With categories like Midnight, late night screenings of burgeoning cult favorites, or New Frontier, films that challenge the boundaries of modern cinema, you’re sure to get a sneak peek of what’s hot in the industry with the variety of films for viewing.

 

Photo: Zocha Group

Resorts

With such a large influx of people in the small town, finding lodging in Park City can be a challenge. Those who do snag a room at one of the few luxurious resorts are treated to an elegant stay near the festival. The Sundance Mountain Resort is a favorite, created by actor Robert Redford, and later spawning into the Film Festival itself with Redford as President and CEO. The Stein Erikson Lodge is world-renowned for skiing with lavish dining, spa treatments and entertainment. Ski fans will also enjoy Montage Deer Valley, where they can hit the slopes and cozy up in the extravagant lodging, along with relaxing in the largest spa in Utah.

 

Photo: Montage Deer Valley

Parties

While the focus of the festival is the films, the party culture is a huge draw as dozens of celebrations go on throughout the week sponsored by big brands and industry players. One of the most known parties includes the annual Tao event, usually totaling three nights of an exclusive nightclub experience. The WME Lounge is known to attract a celebrity guest list along with brands like Nylon, Lyft and AT&T hosting their own festivities.

MACRO Lounge

The MACRO Lounge will be back at Park City for another year of panels and events highlighting up-and-comers in the film industry. A fireside chat with Jada Pinkett Smith will entertain attendees and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is planning to attend the after party for documentary entry Knock Down the House on Sunday, January 27th. The annual invitation-only Midnight Macro Party will also return and is scheduled for the night of Saturday, January 26th.

 

Photo: Usher at Sundance

Sign up for our Newsletter


Check back here as the event nears for updates on details for exclusive Sundance 2019 parties!

 

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for more information on events.

Photo: Common at Sundance

Photo: Ryan Reynolds and James Franco at Sundance / Jonathan Leibson – Getty Images

Photo: Sundance Film Festival / Gustavo Caballero – Getty Images

Celebrate the Good Life at the Best Nightlife Venues in NYC

New York City is known for its world-renowned nightlife landscape of mixing and mingling with celebrities and socialites. The hottest venues are always changing as trendy crowds show up to sip cocktails and dance the night away in the city that never sleeps. During your next NYC visit, check out some of the best venues in the city to make the most out of your nightlife adventure.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Vandal

This street style-themed space is adorned with hand-painted murals and art installations making for an edgy yet sophisticated atmosphere. Part nightclub and part restaurant, this luxurious destination serves up a street food inspired menu with an impressive beverage program to match.

 

Photo: Vandal

Avenue

Head to the Meatpacking District to experience Avenue, a two-story venue that is often home to a celeb-studded crowd. Meet here for bites and drinks at the start of your night out for a luxurious place to toast to the good life.

 

Photo: Avenue NYC

1OAK

Visit this iconic nightlife destination in the heart of Chelsea for a “1 Of A Kind” night to remember. With sister venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this original hot spot is known for its rotation of A-list performances along with a lavish interior to give you the full NYC nightlife experience.

 

Photo: 1OAK NYC

Beauty & Essex

The Lower East Side is home to the extravagant restaurant Beauty & Essex, a locale fit for a lively night out. The pawn shop speakeasy-style entrance with quirky items for sale sets the tone as guests duck into the innovative space. Multiple dining rooms and two bars serve up a variety of shared bites and drinks for guests to indulge in.

 

Photo: Beauty & Essex NYC

Bounce Sporting Club

If you’re looking for a chic place to watch the big game, head to Bounce Downtown for a modern sports bar experience. The menu of elevated bar food and craft cocktails give a contemporary feel to a classic environment. Business professionals make up most of the crowd ready to spend their night cheering on their favorite team.

 

Photo: Bounce NYC

LAVO

This restaurant and nightclub serves up delicious plates while providing you a space to have a VIP nightlife experience. The lavish décor with wood and leather accents gets guests in the mood to party with international DJs stopping by to fill the space with energetic music.

 

Photo: LAVO NYC

TAO

You can visit the Uptown or Downtown locations of TAO to be swept away by a contemporary, Asian-inspired space. Both of the expansive venues present a lavish interior along with an iconic Asian-fusion menu and specialty cocktails.

 

Photo: TAO Uptown NYC

Bathtub Gin

This speakeasy-style hideaway is a staple in the New York City bar scene and is an essential visit for craft cocktails during your stay. The 1920s-era ambiance is complemented by an iconic bathtub featured in the center of the space.

 

Photo: Bathtub Gin

PHD at Dream Downtown

Experience stunning views of the Manhattan skyline at this penthouse rooftop lounge. The luxurious, modern touches with banquettes and marble tables will put you in the mood for a chic night along with their cuisine of small bites and custom cocktails.

 

Photo: PH-D Penthouse Lounge

PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

The indoor/outdoor space with panoramic views is the perfect place to toast glasses with friends as you mix and mingle with the stylish crowd. The intimate lower level and open upper level provide something for everyone during your NYC visit.

 

Photo: PHD Terrace

Marquee

Have a sophisticated nightlife outing at Marquee, an extravagant multi-level nightclub in Chelsea. The expansive ceilings and lavish décor make for a great environment for partying the night away with DJs from all over the world spinning in this popular night spot.

 

Photo: Marquee NYC

Up&Down

Doubling as a laid back lounge and energetic nightclub, Up&Down gives you the ultimate nightlife experience for cocktails, dancing, and enjoying the energy of New York City. The variety of atmospheres from room to room keep up an enticing vibe that will keep you partying all night long.

 

Photo: Up&Down

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on bottle service reservations or accommodations in New York City, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

 

10 Ways to Spend Your LA Family Vacation

If you’re escaping to Los Angeles for a family getaway, there are plenty of sights to see that are great for children and parents alike. With a reputation for fun and entertainment, LA offers up a variety of activities that are sure to create long lasting memories for you and your family. Bring the kids along to experience any of these exciting LA experiences.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Universal Studios

Doubling as a fully-operational film and television studio along with a theme park, you’ll get an exciting Los Angeles experience at Universal Studios in Universal City. Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, or The Simpsons, Universal Studios has unique film and TV-inspired attractions that you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget to take the iconic studio tour for a behind the scenes peek of the back lot.

 

Photo: Universal Studios

Santa Monica Pier

Take advantage of Los Angeles’ perfect weather by visiting the Santa Monica Pier. About 40 minutes from Hollywood, Santa Monica is a famed destination known for its beautiful beaches and California casual living. Take the family to ride the ferris wheel and play carnival games on the pier while enjoying the scenic view overlooking the Pacific ocean.

 

Photo: Santa Monica Pier

The Grove

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, take the family along to The Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax neighborhood. With shops like the American Girl Place and kids outlets of J. Crew and Pottery Barn, you can freshen up the whole family with a new wardrobe. Catch a movie at the Pacific Theatres or grab a bite at the Farmer’s Market, offering up a diversity of dishes to satisfy your cravings.   

 

Photo: The Grove

Hollywood Walk of Fame

It won’t be a true Los Angeles vacation without a waltz down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching from Gower to La Brea and running up and down Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll see your favorite entertainers lining the streets with their names emblazoned on the iconic stars. Along the way, visit the Chinese Theater to see the A-list handprints in the pavement out front, or the Madame Tussads wax museum for uncanny sculptures of your favorite celebrities.

 

Photo: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Olvera Street

Experience a part of Los Angeles’ cultural history by visiting Downtown’s Olvera Street. Channeling the early roads of a city built by Spanish settlers, the Olvera Street marketplace has a variety of vibrant, handcrafted goods for sale including artwork, clothes and jewelry. Tasting the authentic Mexican food from the outdoor cafes is also a must while listening to Mariachi singers evoke the sounds of LA culture.

 

Photo: Olvera Street – Discover California

California Science Center

Take the family to an interactive destination by visiting the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The enlightening exhibits are sure to be a learning experience with hands-on ways for kids to learn something new. From nature to technology to space travel, everyone in the family will get an education at this fun museum.

 

Photo: California Science Center / NASA/Bill Ingalls

Venice Beach Boardwalk

An iconic part of LA culture, visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a trip down the quirky and exciting beachfront walkway. With a diversity of vendors selling artwork, clothing and décor, you’re sure to find a quality souvenir for the kids to take home. Performers are also a part of the Venice Beach experience with musicians, roller skaters, dancers, and one-of-a-kind acts always impressing crowds with their unique talents.

 

Photo: Venice Beach Boardwalk

Griffith Observatory

One of the best places to get a great view of the Hollywood sign is from the Griffith Observatory. Enter from the Los Feliz neighborhood to drive up to the scenic peak with a view of the whole city. This memorable Los Angeles landmark (famously featured in James Dean’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause,”) is home to a planetarium with educational information about the stars, along with telescopes to see out into the skyline.

 

Photo: Griffith Observatory

The Getty Center

The Getty museum houses thousands of priceless works of art at the top of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains off the 405 freeway. With a breathtaking view of the city, this site is a landmark all on its own with a modern design that’s a feast for the eyes. With plenty of free events for kids, and a Family Room for parents to learn and play alongside their children, the expansive center is a fun environment for adults and children alike.

 

Photo: The Getty Center

Knotts Berry Farm

Take a day trip to Buena Park to visit Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. An hour drive from Hollywood, this classic Peanuts cartoon-themed destination offers up fun for the whole family. With roller coasters and rides for both younger children and teens, everyone will get a thrill out of the exciting destination.

 

Photo: Knott’s Berry Farm

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on entertainment and travel accommodations in Los Angeles, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

 

10 of Los Angeles’ Best Bar Programs

Los Angeles is known for its innovative bar scene thanks to the many talented bartenders who are experts at creating unique concoctions with their own personal spin. Some of the best in the business work their magic at many of LA’s favorite bars leaving guests with plenty of new and exciting flavors to sip. Visit these hot spots and you’ll be in for a treat as you get to experience some of the city’s best cocktail programs.

 

Harvard & Stone

Harvard & Stone has established itself as an industry favorite through continuously staying ahead of the game with a daily evolving R&D menu. Guest bartenders visiting from across the country often stop in for a shift to show their stuff at the vintage-inspired East Hollywood hot spot.

 

Photo: Harvard & Stone – Tequila Grapefruit Mule / Lizzie Munro

Melrose Umbrella Co.

This West Hollywood staple has made a name for itself through offering up quality cocktails in the prohibition-style space. A go-to neighborhood spot for locals and industry folk, Melrose Umbrella Co. delivers unique drinks made by some of the best bartenders in the city.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co. – Whiskey Cocktail

The Varnish

Hidden in a renovated storage room at the back of historical Downtown eatery Cole’s, The Varnish is a speakeasy worth visiting. The dimly lit private space is home to a classic menu of carefully crafted cocktails that have made the award-winning bar program one to remember.

 

Photo: The Varnish / Dylan + Jeni

A.O.C.

A refreshing night out can be spent at Beverly Grove’s favorite wine bar, A.O.C. The James Beard award-winning owners boast a wine program that pairs delicious bottles with seasonal small plates. The welcoming patio space makes for a great destination for lunch or dinner when you’re on the hunt for an indulgent glass of wine.

 

Photo: A.O.C. Pandora / Daniel Krieger

The NoMad Hotel

This notable brand expanded to Los Angeles’ Downtown neighborhood taking its highly-regarded cocktail reputation with it. Within the hotel’s Gianni Bar, guests are able to taste signature drinks and classic cocktails crafted by an award-winning team.

 

Photo: The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

The Walker Inn

Make a reservation at The Walker Inn for a private experience tucked away inside of The Normandie Club in Koreatown. The attention to detail is easy to see with their well thought out drinks and an air of mystique that will keep you coming back to the chic hideaway.

 

Photo: The Walker Inn / Anne Fishbein

Employees Only

The Los Angeles version of its world-famous NYC counterpart, Employees Only has established itself as a West Hollywood power player through using local ingredients to set off the flavors of your favorite liquors. Duck into their hidden back room, Henry’s Room, and order the bartender’s choice for a more elegant and intimate experience.

 

Photo: Employees Only – The Infinity Cocktail

Everson Royce Bar

This Downtown Arts District locale unites a ‘mix and mingle’ atmosphere with an innovative cocktail program, resulting in a go-to neighborhood favorite that anyone can enjoy. Not only do the drinks impress, but the dining menu is known for its mouth-watering take on thoughtful bar food.

 

Photo: Everson Royce Bar – Infante

Big Bar

One of the best neighborhood bars in the city, Los Feliz’ Big Bar inside of Alcove Café & Bakery is known for inventive cocktails with an attention to detail. Holidays and events are a big draw for guests as Big Bar’s affinity for custom made menus keeps things fresh for regulars.

 

Photo: Big Bar – Red Panda / Caroline Pardilla

The Spare Room

This one-of-a-kind haunt on the mezzanine level of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is known not only for its charming vintage bowling alley, but also the menu of classic cocktails. The inviting drinks are great for big groups ready to show off their bowling skills in the renowned hot spot.

 

Photo: The Spare Room – Sunset Patrol Cocktail

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on reservations in Los Angeles, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

10 of the Best Lounges in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for being a city filled with lively places to enjoy a night out on the town. From unique bars to energetic nightclubs, there’s something for everyone no matter your ideal style of revelry. For those who prefer a lounge to sip cocktails in an intimate setting, these are some of the best in the city to duck into for an intimate night out.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Sunset & Vinyl

Hidden away above an 800 Degrees Pizza, Sunset & Vinyl’s vintage feels makes it a great destination for a cozy drink with close friends. The rotating soundtrack of old school hits coming through their record player gets you in a nostalgic mood while the shabby chic décor will make you feel right at home.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Warwick

This Hollywood staple caters to guests who appreciate a destination for good music and partying the night away. While the main level is home to a bustling crowd, head to the upstairs lounge to enjoy a more intimate experience overlooking the lively scene below.

 

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Warwick LA

Bibo Ergo Sum

If you’re looking for a date night spot in Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Bibo Ergo Sum. Translating to “I drink, therefore I am,” this stylish lounge is perfect for having a good drink and a quality conversation. The modern décor and seating creates and environment for lounging that is sure to impress.

 

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

Mama Lion

Experience this Koreatown hot spot for drinks, dancing and a great night out on the town. The bright and contemporary furnishings mixed with elegant décor create an inviting feel for you to settle in with a group of friends. Stop by on a weekend night when live DJs bring a party atmosphere to the welcoming space.

 

Photo: Mama Lion

Photo: Mama Lion

Employees Only

This Sunset Boulevard hot spot takes after its NYC counterpart with craft cocktails and a speakeasy style. The menu of delicious bites pairs perfectly with the quality drinks as you take some time to relax in the polished, West Hollywood space.

 

Photo: Employees Only LA

Photo: Employees Only LA

Harriets Rooftop

This new hot spot on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel is sure to give you an elegant experience with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the handcrafted drinks or the delicious dining menu while mixing and mingling with the fashion forward, West Hollywood crowd.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

The Mermaid

Head to Little Tokyo to enjoy this new addition to the cocktail lounge scene. The nautical-themed space mixes simplicity and style with a selection of wines from all over the world. Stop in for date night or bring a small group to catch up over quality drinks.

 

Photo: Mermaid Bar / Stephanie Breijo

Photo: Mermaid Bar

The Peppermint Club

Music lovers will have a ball at this sleek, West Hollywood lounge that features live music performances of local artists. Make a reservation for a seat to enjoy the melodies from talented musicians while you sip a cocktail creation in the modern, 60s-inspired space.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Sign up for our Newsletter



For more information on reservations or accommodations in Los Angeles, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

 

20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Putting together an event involves a number of decisions that each lead to creating a memorable experience. The space you choose to host your gathering can make all the difference in making a good impression on your guests. Whether it’s a holiday party with colleagues or an anniversary celebration with family, Los Angeles offers up a variety of beautiful spaces to set the scene for your special day.

 

Madame Siam

The newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam has plenty of space for dancing, drinking and enjoying the whimsical circus-themed décor. Carnival games and a house psychic are just a few of the draws for people to come see the sideshow.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Madame Siam

Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.

 

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Warwick LA

Norah

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Norah offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests. Their eclectic menu of American cuisine delivers flavorful dining for any size group.

 

Photo: Norah West Hollywood

Photo: Norah West Hollywood

Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

 

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Avenue LA

Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

 

Photo: Delilah LA

Photo: Delilah LA

Barbette

Bring in your loved ones to reserve Barbette’s garden room or dining room at this modern, West Hollywood French Bistro. The stylistic decor with a rustic feel will create a chic environment for your gathering.

 

Photo: Barbette

Photo: Barbette

DAMA

The Latin-inspired cuisine mixed with the kitschy tropical interior makes DAMA a great place for an energetic celebration. The sophisticated setting with indoor and outdoor space will give you plenty of options to make your event worthwhile.

 

Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Photo: DAMA Los Angeles

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

 

Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

 

Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

 

Photo: Perch LA

Photo: Perch LA

Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

 

Photo: Lono Hollywood

Photo: Lono Hollywood

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

 

Photo: The Highlight Room

Photo: The Highlight Room

E.P. & L.P

The view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from the rooftop bar at EP & LP—a great place for a full buyout on the patio or a partial buyout at their event space Frankie’s Private Bar. The EP restaurant has an open floor plan for large group celebrations or smaller gatherings with friends and family.

 

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: EP & LP

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Catch LA

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

 

Photo: Stage A Goya Studios

Photo: Stage B Goya Studios

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

The Spare Room

Host an event at The Spare Room and let the games begin as their multiple bowling lanes are sure to bring out the best in your guests.

 

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Photo: The Spare Room Hollywood

Ricks

This poolside bar at Downtown’s Hotel Figueroa is an eclectic setting for your group to enjoy—their rooftop makes for the perfect intimate space for a gathering under the stars.

 

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Photo: Rick’s at Hotel Figueroa

Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

Seven Grand

This Downtown Whiskey bar brings a sophisticated element to any event along with a quality drink list that will make your special day one-of-a-kind.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

Photo: Seven Grand Los Angeles

Sign up for our Newsletter


For information on event planning and accommodations in Los Angeles, contact concierge@zochagroup.com.

 

10 of the Best Cocktail Bars in Downtown Los Angeles

People from all over the world are drawn to the bustling hub of Downtown Los Angeles for events at the Convention Center, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and more. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there are plenty of places to relax and grab a drink while you explore the vibrant neighborhood. Get a taste of the city as you join colleagues and friends to imbibe at these Downtown LA bars and lounges.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

Seven Grand

Whiskey fans unite at this sophisticated lounge that offers up an extensive collection of quality spirits. You can also make a reservation at their speakeasy, Bar Jackalope, to rev up your night and have a truly memorable experience.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

The Varnish

If you’re looking for somewhere private and intimate, the Varnish is there to impress as its speakeasy-style location inside of Cole’s French Dip allows you to duck in unseen. Talented bartenders will make you the perfect concoction for your mood in the dimly lit space.

 

Photo: The Varnish

Library Bar

While you may not have expected reading to be a part of your night out, Library Bar has a wall of books ready for you to browse while you sip their classic cocktails. The cozy layout and weekend DJ makes for a great place to mix and mingle with the locals.

 

Photo: Library Bar

The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

One of the trendiest bars in the neighborhood, The Standard’s rooftop is a place to swim, drink and play. The stylish bar often features a live DJ to set the mood as partygoers mix and mingle with the lively crowd.

 

Photo: The Standard Hotel DTLA

71 Above

Ascend to the 71st floor to see an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. The panoramic perspective will take your breath away along with delicious cocktails at their reserved Sky Lounge escape.

 

Photo: 71 Above

Broken Shaker

Sitting atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is the perfect to take in the breezy downtown weather. Take a splash in the pool during their daytime events or lounge poolside at night for a view of the stars.

 

Photo: Broken Shaker

Broadway Bar

The elegant design of this multi-level lounge makes for the perfect place to sip their creative cocktails. Located in the historic Theater District, you can choose between the bar, the mezzanine, or smoking patio to toast drinks right next door to Downtown’s iconic Orpheum Theater.

 

Photo: Broadway Bar

Perch

This Los Angeles favorite offers up delicious dining along with a rooftop bar for you to view the spectacular city skyline. Head there on a weekend night to socialize with the mixed crowd over your bird’s eye view.

 

Photo: Perch

Everson Royce Bar

This award-winning watering hole brings a spacious outdoor patio to the Arts District. The satisfying cocktails complement the vibe with twinkling lights and wooden accents welcoming you to the space.

 

Photo: Everson Royce Bar

Golden Gopher

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in Los Angeles, Golden Gopher is a veteran in the scene with a chic bar and tucked away outdoor patio. They also boast a to-go liquor window if you’re planning to bring the party back to your hotel.

 

Photo: Golden Gopher

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on accommodations or reservations in Los Angeles, contact concierge@zochagroup.com

 

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.

 

Photo: One World Players’ Party

 

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.

 

Photo: One World Players’ Party

Photo: One World Players’ Party

Photo: One World Players’ Party

Photo: One World Players’ Party

Sign up for our Newsletter



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.

Photo: Noble Experiment

 

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.

 

Photo: Madison San Diego

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.

 

Photo: Sycamore Den

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.

 

Photo: Polite Provisions

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.

 

Photo: Kettner Exchange

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.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

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.

 

Photo: False Idol

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.

 

Photo: Kindred

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.

 

Photo: Herb & Wood

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.

 

Photo: You & Yours Distilling Co.

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.

 

Photo: Noble Experiment

Sign up for our Newsletter



For information on accommodations in San Diego, contact concierge@zochagroup.com