Experience Austin at the Best Bars and Lounges in the City

Austin is a city drenched with history and culture and is home to great events such as SXSW, an internationally-acclaimed music and film festival. The city also boasts an incredibly diverse nightlife scene that is always changing and adapting to new trends. Whether you’re looking for a quiet lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, or a lively neighborhood hotspot, there is sure to be something out there for everyone. Check out some of these hotspots to experience the best bars and lounges during your next trip to Austin.

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The Driskill Bar

On the corner of 6th and Brazos Street is where you’ll find the historic and distinguished Driskill Bar. Housed beside two other top-tier eateries and lounges inside the Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar swells inspiration and whimsy with their elegant aesthetic that has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with history-inspired drinks.

 

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The Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room’s wide-ranging menu of cocktails will have you feeling excited by the opportunity to try their variety of options. With drinks inspired by different periods of history and a comfortable industrial chic interior, The Roosevelt Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying all that Austin has to offer.

 

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The Townsend

Built in 1875, the Thompson-Townsend building where this darkly elegant bar is housed has been a cornerstone of Austin’s historic foundation. The Townsend takes advantage of this rich history and applies aspects of it all over their interior, creating a unique aesthetic that is sure to enthrall anyone interested in the city’s culture.

 

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Nickel City

Formerly the Longbranch Inn, this iconic and vivacious cocktail lounge offers everything you could ever want during a night out in Austin. Refreshing drinks, friendly service, and even a Detroit-inspired food truck out back are all things you’ll find yourself loving at Nickel City.

 

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Garage

This hidden gem of Austin is tucked away in an out-of-commission parking garage on Colorado Street. A raw concrete interior lit only by candles and the light coming from a central, circular bar creates an alluring mix of fantasy and realism. The signature drinks at the Garage are modern takes on classic cocktails that are sure to have you refreshed and satisfied.

 

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Half Step

Found in a renovated house on Rainey Street, Half Step is truly set apart from its competition with a creative and unique interior and an upper-echelon bar staff. Founder Chris Bostick used his years of experience in the beverage industry to create a tremendous nightlife experience for all who enter.

 

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Small Victory

The name of this cozy drinking den is actually quite the opposite of what it actually is, which is a massive win. Small Victory is a home run with a sprawling social area, quirky and eccentric cocktails, and a speakeasy-inspired interior. Despite the bar’s acclaim, you will still feel as if you’re drinking in an underground, secret pub.

 

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Coachella Parties 2019: A Guide to the Best Events of the Weekend

One of the best music festivals in the world is enhanced every year by a flurry of pop-ups, sponsored parties and branded events put on for the influx of festivalgoers in the area. Nearby cities like Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Thermal and Rancho Mirage act as the sites of these numerous unofficial Coachella parties. Their own music lineups and attractions draw in partygoers looking to make the most of their time in the desert. Get an idea of what to expect for this year’s festivities along with an updated list of Coachella parties for 2019 as they’re announced.

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Neon Carnival

Known as the best Coachella party of the weekend, the annual Neon Carnival has been one of the most highly-coveted wristbands as the guest list filled with actors, musicians, socialites and industry insiders is one where you can’t buy your way in. The exclusive, invite-only event put on by nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse has blossomed into a mini-festival itself, with carnival rides, a ferris wheel and world-renowned music acts taking the stage. After moving to a larger location in 2018 to include an even bigger invite list, the party is rumored to take on multiple weekends for 2019 at the expansive HITS Desert Horse Park.

 

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Poppy

2018 was the inaugural year for this pop-up of h. wood group’s exclusive Los Angeles nightclub known for its celebrity clientele. Partnering with Kylie Cosmetics, Beats 1 and BMW made for a Coachella party to remember with plenty of A-list sightings including Rihanna, Cardi B and Paris Hilton. Kendall Jenner took the stage to DJ opening up for Diplo and a full surprise set from Lil’ Wayne got the crowd dancing.

 

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Bootsy Bellows

Known for its exclusivity, an invite to the annual Bootsy Bellows party is hard to come by. The Los Angeles nightclub owned by h. wood group partners with McDonald’s each year for a pop-up event that attracts plenty of celebrities along with Los Angeles’ finest. The pool party fully stocked with musicians, models and actors digging into the selection of McDonald’s burgers makes for a day party dream in the sunny Rancho Mirage location.

 

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Revolve Festival

What started as an annual party has turned into its own La Quinta mini-festival that’s fit for fashion lovers, bloggers and influencers. A brand known for hosting events where their models hang out on luxury vacations, Revolve Festival is no different with people like Chanel Iman, Sophia Richie and Emily Ratajkowski showing up to join in the weekend of pool parties and private events. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Migos, Rick Ross and ASAP Rocky have shown up in past years to entertain guests during the stylish weekend.

 

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Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

One of the more approachable parties of the weekend, The Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold event spans two weekends and is open for RSVPs in the weeks leading up to Coachella. DJs spin music all day long with the hotel pool open for drinks, food and taking a dip in the sparkling water. The go-to hangout spot in Palm Springs makes for a relaxing way to enjoy the desert sun.

 

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Hyde Sunset

One of sbe’s favored West Hollywood venues, Hyde has made its way into the Coachella party scene by partnering with brands like Republic Records and TRESemme to create exciting collaborative events. Last year’s Foray Oasis party at the Foray Estate in Rancho Mirage had guests enjoying a DJ set by Brody Jenner while 2017’s Hyde Away party saw a performance from Hailee Steinfeld and a DJ set by Joe Jonas.

 

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The Do-Over by Adidas

This roving international event shows up each year as a Sunday Coachella party that has been going on for years, continuing to be a great way to close out a weekend of fun. The Commune space at the Ace Hotel is taken over by photo booths, a food truck and Adidas merch while you hang out and dance to the sounds of the DJ. Take a dip to cool off as you round out your weekend with a relaxing day at the pool.

 

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Vestal Village

This annual event held at an undisclosed location each year features live music and plenty of sponsored swag to keep up the good time. Past events have seen performances from Crystal Castles, Ariel Pink and Shiny Toy Guns along with hair and makeup makeover stations and sponsored drinks to fuel your buzz. DJs also take the stage in between sets to spin music while you cool off in the pool under the sun.

 

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T-Mobile & Pandora Indio Invasion

You’ll have a great time at this party that decks out the Cree Estate in Palm Springs with food, drinks and music. You’ll be partying poolside with up-close-and personal performances from artists like Charli XCX and Dillon Francis. The complimentary drinks and swag make this party a lively daytime event that leaves plenty of time for you to catch the artists at the festival.

 

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VAMPPED Vacancy

This social media talent and branding agency throws an influencer-filled bash each year alongside brands like BooHoo, L’Oreal Paris and Bumble. Guests travel to a private estate for a desert pool party with sponsored gifts and an open bar. Past parties have included attendees like Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski, and performances from celebrity DJs like Brody Jenner.

 

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DayClub Palm Springs

Head to the Palm Springs Hilton for a pool party extravaganza at DayClub Palm Springs. Each day features a new artist performing to a crowd of lively partygoers, with international acts like Diplo, Rufus du Sol and Dillon Francis taking the stage. Upgrade to a Cabana to have the best spot in the house for this dance party in the desert.

 

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Check back each week as we continue to update our list with new information on all the best Coachella parties as soon as they’re announced.

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10 of the Best Bars to Stay Warm in Los Angeles

While LA may be known for its sunny days, winter time can get chilly enough to make you want to curl up by an open fire. Leaving the house may take some convincing, but once you’re out you’ll find that there are plenty of others looking to have a good time in spite of the cold. Don’t let the brisk weather stop you from going out and getting warm with a cocktail in the city’s coziest bars and lounges.

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The Wellesbourne

This 19th Century England-style hideaway will be just what you need for a winter night out. Warm up by the fire in the charming atmosphere that will transport you to the study of a Shakespearean village.

 

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Cliftons

This monolithic, four-level destination is an LA landmark with its forest-themed space standing the test of time since opening in 1931. You’ll have plenty of space to warm up through grabbing a drink at the bar or dancing with friends on the upper level to their jazzy, vintage live music.

 

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The Lincoln

Sit back and relax at this West Side hot spot perfect for cozying up on a breezy day. The welcoming vibe lets guests mix and mingle with patrons while they sip from a variety of beers and cocktails. The atrium seating will also give you the best of both worlds by keeping in the heat alongside an outdoor feel.

 

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Sassafras

You’ll be transported right to 1930s New Orleans when you enter this Hollywood go-to neighborhood bar. Have a fireside chat with friends while sipping from their menu of signature drinks. Come by to witness the burlesque dancing on weekends for a surefire way to steam things up.

 

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Melrose Umbrella Company

The prohibition-era style of this Melrose Avenue staple gives a cozy, vintage feel whether you stop by during the day for coffee or at night for cocktails. The space fills up with patrons ready for a good time bringing warmth to the environment in more ways than one.

 

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Library Bar

Head to Downtown Los Angeles to experience Library Bar’s inviting lounge atmosphere. There are plenty of books lining the walls for you to take in a story or two along with a menu filled with delicious drinks.

 

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Gold Line

Music lovers will enjoy a taste of this Highland Park locale that caters its surroundings to a quality playlist. The cozy space is filled with vintage records along with a disco ball as a finishing touch to the intimate space.

 

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The Roger Room

Duck into this classic spot in Beverly Grove to sip cocktails in a fun, warm environment. Whether it’s for date night or gathering with friends, you’ll be able to connect with those you love at this sophisticated space decorated with vintage circus visuals.

 

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Bigfoot West

You may feel like you’re in a log cabin up in the mountains at this woodsy location in West LA. Named after the mythical monster, you’ll be able to escape to find shelter and a quality drink while mixing and mingling with the locals at this charming destination.

 

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The Old Chalet

Duck into this bar on the East Side for a boozy escape into a wintery ski lodge ambiance. You’ll stay entertained at this neighborhood spot with foosball, darts and a fireplace that’s sure to keep you toasty. Grab a group of friends and try their shot-skis to start the night off right.

 

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Top Tips for a Luxury Coachella Adventure

One of the hottest festivals in the country, The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is known for its internationally-acclaimed lineup, fashionable attendees, and summery location in the Coachella Valley desert of Southern California. If you’re planning to attend this world-renowned event, there are plenty of things to keep in mind to make the most of your musical getaway. Prepare for a weekend to remember through following these tips to making your luxury Coachella experience magical.

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Rent a Private Home

With such a limited number of hotels in the area, people often book their Coachella stay at least a year in advance. Rather than having a typical hotel experience, renting a home or villa is a great way to maximize your fun with a group of friends. Palm Springs is known for its mid-century design elements that will give your lavish stay a unique atmosphere.

 

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Hire a Chauffeur

Those who live within driving distance to the area often prefer to hit the road instead of worrying about the hassle of flying. If driving is more your speed, consider hiring a private chauffeur for the weekend to lead you to wherever your adventure takes you. You won’t have to skip out on toasting glasses with friends and you can enjoy some much needed R&R during the ride.

 

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Attend the Exclusive Parties

While Coachella may be a big party on its own, the number of branded and sponsored events that occur throughout the weekend grows each year. Some are more exclusive than others, and if you know the right person, you can get your name on the list for the hottest events of the season. From the annual Neon Carnival to the Bootsy Bellows Pop-Up event, A-listers are known to show up to these VIP extravaganzas.

 

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Arrive in a Helicopter or Private Jet

For those who prefer to arrive to the area quickly, consider taking a helicopter trip to Palm Springs. You’ll get a beautiful scenic view of Southern California on your way, and won’t have to worry about traffic clogging up your good time. A private jet will also get you to the desert in no time and the comfortable seating will be well worth it.

 

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Shop Til You Drop

With a reputation for being one of the most fashionable events of the year, you’ll want to make sure you curate your look to be exactly your style. Palm Springs is known for its variety of shopping outlets, and you’ll have a great time adding finishing touches to your outfits at their many designer boutiques. Take a pit stop in the area and indulge in a few new pieces to make your weekend wardrobe festival-ready.

 

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Hire a Private Chef

As much as you may believe you’ll have time to cook during the weekend, a private chef will make your experience far more enjoyable. Having a chef make a few meals at your private home leaves you and your group free to truly relax when you’re not at the festival. A home cooked meal is just what you’ll need to stay energized for all those wild days in the summery heat.

 

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Road Trip in a Luxury Car

Some people may enjoy the scenic tour through Southern California and would prefer to drive on their own. If that’s the case, consider renting a luxury car to take your road trip to the next level. You’ll get to experience the open road along with arriving in style to kick off your lively Coachella Weekend.

 

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LA’s ‘The Bungalow’ Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.

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The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.

 

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Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has lead to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.

 

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Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the upcoming 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Long Beach will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. After it breaks ground in the spring, the new seaside lounge has an anticipated opening date of fall 2019.

Expecting to break ground in summer of 2019, The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination by spring of 2020.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Lightning in a Bottle

Kaaboo Del Mar – Mid-September

This three-day event based in San Diego prides itself in bringing new experiences to the table through entertainment, art and hospitality. Watch some of the world’s best rock and roll artists on stage while getting a taste of their artisanal fare with wine, craft beer and signature cocktails to match. Contemporary art installations will stimulate your senses with original pieces on display including some created live on-site.

 

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Photo: Kaaboo Del Mar

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

TAO Park City

Anyone who has attended TAO nightclubs in Las Vegas or New York City will know what to expect at this exclusive pop-up happening for the 11th year. The Yard will play host to the party of star-studded attendees with Casamigos and Stella Artois sponsoring the event and giving partygoers a treat with a surprise Friday night special guest performance.

DIRECTV Lodge Presented by AT&T

Returning to Park City as a sponsor for the festival, AT&T will join with DIRECTV at Heber & Main to create a lively space for actors, tastemakers, and industry folk to mix and mingle. The lodge will host to a number of lunches, panels, and dinners catered by Los Angeles favorite and James Beard Award-winner, Jon and Vinny’s Italian Restaurant.

Stella’s Film Lounge

Belgian beer brand Stella Artois will be hosting a lounge space on Main Street bringing together filmmakers and stars who are each making innovative moves in the industry. The Stella Artois Film Finishing Fund grant will be presented to its recipients along with Women in Film at this exciting venue.

STARZ & Vanity Fair: Now Apocalypse World Premiere Launch Party

The Sundance official selection “Now Apocalypse” will be premiering at this highly sought-after party thrown by STARZ and Vanity Fair. The series’ filmmakers and actors will attend the exclusive screening along with being entertained by a DJ battle and silent disco to round out the night.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

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