The Atlanta Party Guide for Super Bowl 2019

For those planning to attend Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd, Atlanta will feel like a playground with plenty of events and parties happening to celebrate the big game. The city will be filled with revelry as celebrity hosts attend exclusive parties held throughout the area. Watching the top two teams battle it out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be the only highlight of the weekend when you attend any of these exciting events.

Bootsy Bellows & E11EVEN Pop-Up

Thursday, Jan 31st – Sunday, Feb 3rd

One of the hottest nightclubs in Los Angeles, Bootsy Bellows is known for throwing parties surrounding events like Coachella, Art Basel, and anywhere else with a celebrity crowd. Their pop-up parties for the Super Bowl will occur Thursday through Sunday with performances from Gucci Mane, Tiesto and Kaskade and more.

Photo: Ravine Atlanta

Maxim Big Game Experience: ATL Royalty


Saturday, February 2nd

This highly-anticipated Super Bowl party returns to the scene to establish itself as being one of the most exclusive events of the weekend. The Fairmont in Atlanta will be filled with A-list guests to honor successful people from sports, music, and fashion who all call Atlanta home. The unique activations and live performances by Diplo, Future and Jamie Foxx will be the cherry on top of this lavish event.

Photo: The Fairmont Atlanta

Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival

Photo: Super Bowl Music Fest

Friday, Feb 1st – Sunday, Feb 3rd

Bud Light will be uniting with On Location Experiences to put on an exciting festival with a killer lineup. The first ever event will go on for three days at the Atlanta State Farm Arena. With artists like Ludacris, Migos, Lil Yachty, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, and Cardi B taking the stage throughout the weekend, attendees are sure to have a star-studded experience to round out the Super Bowl LIII revelry.

Photo: State Farm Arena Atlanta

Shaq’s Funhouse

Saturday, Feb 1st

While he may be known as a legendary basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal has transitioned his skills to the turntables as he is set to hit the stage as “DJ Diesel” at this carnival-themed bash. A Ferris wheel and Cirque de Soleil performers will keep the party going as performances from Migos, T-Pain, Lil Jon, Diplo and Tiesto will join Shaq in putting on a show for the crowd.

Photo: Shaq

Sports Illustrated: Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, February 2nd

Fans of the iconic sports magazine will enjoy the festivities of this year’s party held at the College Football Hall of Fame. Snoop Dogg will be taking the stage as “DJ Snoopadelic,” along with live performances by Lil’ Wayne and DJ Irie. You’ll party alongside Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit models at this trendy event.

Photo: College Football Hall of Fame

The Big Game Takeover

Saturday, February 2nd

Head to the Atlanta venue Compound for an exciting nightlife experience while you’re in town for the festive weekend. Cardi B and Meek Mill will hit the stage while attendees dance the night away at the exciting, multi-level nightclub.

Maxim Pregame Experience

Sunday, February 3rd

You’ll start your Super Bowl Sunday right by attending Maxim’s Pregame party with plenty of food, drinks and live music in an extravagant venue. Hosted by Deion Sanders, the experience will be a memorable one with Snoop Dogg on the turntables for the day party as “DJ Snoopadelic.”

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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.


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.


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Photo: Treasure Island Music Festival with Santigold

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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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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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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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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

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Photo: Common at Sundance

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

Photo: Sundance Film Festival / Gustavo Caballero – Getty Images

Feel the Music at the Coolest Concert Venues in the US

There’s no better way to enjoy your favorite music artists than by seeing them perform live on stage with an audience full of cheering fans. From intimate shows to packed amphitheaters, concert venues across the country provide exciting environments to give you a musical experience to remember. Head to any of these venues to enjoy a dazzling live show with an impressive atmosphere to match.

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The Hollywood Bowl

This legendary venue has been a Los Angeles landmark for over a century with performances from some of the best acts in the world. The acoustically designed outdoor theater with a circular shape provides an impeccable sound as concertgoers attend bringing their own snacks, food and drinks to enjoy during the show.


Photo: The Hollywood Bowl

The Fillmore San Francisco

Finding its audience in the psychedelic music scene of the 1960s and 70s, this legendary venue is an iconic part of San Francisco history. A wall of vintage concert posters line the walls of the balcony seating as a tribute to the bevy of famous acts that have been in the Fillmore spotlight.   


Photo: The Fillmore SF

Gorge Amphitheater

You’ll never forget your concert experience at this venue that sits right along the Columbia River in Washington. With a maximum capacity of more than 20,000 people, the audience gets a view of their favorite artist along with a spectacular background of the Columbia gorge canyon.


Photo: Gorge Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

You’ll have Mother Nature to thank for the unique concert experience at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Getting its name from the monumental, vibrant rock behind the stage, the expansive outdoor venue built in the 1940s has been the site of a number of renowned performers.


Photo: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Bowery Ballroom

This legendary music venue has been home to some of New York City’s finest performers ever since it opened in 1998, becoming a staple in its Lower East Side neighborhood. The intimate space lets audiences get up close and personal with their favorite artists with balcony seating and standing room for up to 600 guests.


Photo: The Bowery Ballroom

Louisville Palace

Few venues in the country boast the authentic Spanish baroque style of Kentucky’s Louisville Palace. Originally built as a movie theater in 1928, the venue is a feast for the eyes with elegant details around every corner. Box seating in the auditorium resembles the streets of Spain with a night sky painted on the ceiling to complete the scene.


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Radio City Music Hall

This world-renowned venue is a part of New York City history with millions of people visiting since its opening in 1932. With two acres worth of space, it stands as the world’s largest indoor theater that’s also home to the world’s largest stage curtains. You’ll never forget your visit to the massive venue enjoying music along with a sea of concertgoers.


Photo: Radio City Music Hall

The Wiltern

This unique Los Angeles space was originally built as a vaudeville theater, but is now home to some of LA’s best musical performances. The art deco design and murals create a beautiful backdrop to nightly concerts, award shows, and events. The tiered ground floor means everyone has the perfect view to see their favorite artists.


Photo: The Wiltern

House of Blues New Orleans

While most House of Blues venues have a similar look, the New Orleans location has the added touch of integrating the feel of the historic, musical city. Aside from being a popular live music venue, it also has the largest collection of folk art in the country with over 600 pieces adorning the space.


Photo: House of Blues New Orleans

The El Rey Theater

The El Rey began as a movie theater when it first opened its doors on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile in 1936. It later became a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and now the art deco style ballroom plays host to live music performances from world-renowned artists.  


Photo: The El Rey Theater

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A New Age in Advertising with Experiential Marketing

In an era where ads are considered more of a nuisance than informative, companies are exploring more creative avenues to reach their consumers in effective ways. One approach that has gained traction in recent years is experiential marketing—events where consumers have hands-on and in-person experiences with brands. These experiential events allow direct engagement that inspires an emotional connection to users.

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It has become a recognized trend that millennials tend to spend more of their income on experiences in comparison to the product-oriented generations that came before them. With their eyes constantly seeking new activities, they invest their free time in taking trips, going to events, and socializing in public places. This modern pool of highly active individuals sets up a foundation for experiential marketing to be extremely effective for brands. The continuously growing social media landscape has also become a large aspect of why experiential marketing is so useful. The unique and artistic spaces created for events are often prime photo-ops for attendees. Interactive activities can inspire hundreds of pictures which users voluntarily post to their social media channels. Experiential marketing events often will include a custom hashtag promoted in marketing materials and signage that allow attendees’ photos to be grouped online to make them easily viewed by others.


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Experiential marketing campaigns can also provide a way for brands to learn more about their consumers. Analyzing consumer data and KPIs are a significant part of marketing and with experiential events, consumers are often willing to provide relevant information about themselves in exchange for the opportunity to experience a fun event. These events act as a modern re-imagination of the classic focus group style of market research that proves to be more effective as it generates both in-person and online engagement while making a positive impact on the participant.


Photo: NVE Experience Agency


Ultimately the most beneficial part of experiential marketing is the personal connection consumers are able to make with a company and more specifically, their brand. These events help illustrate the brand’s narrative and integrate consumers into the story. Their in-person memories of experiencing the event are far more impactful than a billboard they pass on the street or an ad before an online video. These opportunities for direct engagement create a relationship where after attending an experiential event, the consumer is more likely to develop brand loyalty than through traditional means of advertising. This two-way relationship where both brand and consumer are learning about each other is an invaluable method that has plenty of space to flourish within the marketing industry.


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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

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Serving up Culture at the Taste of Chicago Festival

Foodies from all over the world unite each year at the variety of Taste Festivals held in celebration of dining at some of the world’s most popular destinations. From Sydney to Hong Kong, these festivals highlight restaurants who serve up delicious bites that represent the best of their culture. Taste of Chicago is one of the largest in the world, and is set to dish out a good time for those attending the event this July.

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The History

When traveling to a new city, getting a grasp on the local food and culture can involve weeks or even months worth of sampling the variety of local restaurants. At Taste Festivals, attendees can dig in by trying out the diversity of food options in one fun-filled week. The original Taste of London in 2004 helped ignite the now world-renowned Taste Festival series. Spreading to the rest of the UK and eventually to fifteen different cities worldwide, the Taste of Chicago event stands out as one of the favorites, and has grown to be the world’s largest food festival.


Photo: Taste of London

Taste of Chicago

The five-day event taking place in Grant Park from July 11th-15th boasts free admission for guests to indulge in Chicago favorites, specialty diverse dishes and creative plates from local chefs. Experts in the culinary field also host cooking demos to enlighten crowds about their tips and tricks of the trade. Attendees are welcome to try out each booth as they dish out unique flavors for crowds to enjoy. Drinks are also a highlight of the event with tents for Anheuser-Busch beer, signature drinks and wine to add a buzz to the excitement.


Photo: Taste of Chicago

Performances & Activities

Taste of Chicago visitors are sure to be impressed by Lake Michigan’s picturesque scenery during the week of food and activities. The lakefront location makes for a pleasant skyline view to complement the warm July weather as attendees also get to experience Taste of Chicago’s many performances and exhibits. The Street Art & Graffiti Alley will feature artists producing live paintings. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will be dedicated to dance performances featuring acts by local companies. With music performers like The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Brandi Carlile, crowds are sure to jam out to this quintessential summertime event.


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Toast to the 2018 Time Out LA Bar Awards

The Los Angeles bar scene has established a name for itself with talented teams creating innovative concoctions in one-of-a-kind spaces throughout the city. From craft cocktails to finely-curated beer and wine lists, each bar contributes its own identity to help build a colorful spectrum of options for LA citizens and visitors alike. Time Out helps to recognize achievements in the bar industry with their 3rd Annual LA Bar Awards, where nominees impress the masses through service, ambiance and taste.

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Time Out

Time Out makes it their mission to educate their thrill-seeking audience about how to live it up in cities across the world. For their US divisions in New York, Chicago, LA, Austin, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Miami, this includes an annual Bar Awards event that recognizes the scope of talent making strides in the industry. This year’s nominees range from favored neighborhood watering holes to expansive hot spots. A panel of respected industry experts gather to decide who will come out on top in categories of Best New Bar, Most Stylish, Bar of the Year and more.


Photo: Time Out Bar Awards

LA Bar Awards Nominees

NYC favorites arriving to LA to add a dash of East Coast flare has become a trend in the LA bar scene, as well as this year’s nominees. In West Hollywood, Employees Only opened with a buzz as the world-renowned brand finally spread its talents to Southern California, earning a nomination for Best New Bar. The Nomad Hotel’s Giannini Bar has four nominations, boasting a quality cocktail program on the level of its award-winning New York relative, The Nomad Bar. Miami’s acclaimed Broken Shaker brand, now with an NYC location, was welcomed with open arms to Downtown LA and snagged two nominations.

Newcomers aren’t the only ones being lauded as a number of veteran destinations also made the cut for this year’s list. The Roosevelt Hotel’s beloved bowling alley-bar hybrid The Spare Room received two nominations. Revered Los Feliz neighborhood spot Big Bar is acknowledged with three nominations including Bar of the Year. The category created for thriving classic favorites, Best Legacy Bar, includes famed whiskey bar Seven Grand and cherished Cole’s speakeasy-style hideaway The Varnish.


Photo: Employees Only LA

Photo: Giannini Bar NoMad Los Angeles

Photo: Broken Shaker LA

Photo: The Spare Room

Photo: Big Bar

Photo: The Varnish

OUE Skyspace

Nominees, press, and friends of the industry will all assemble for the invite-only event at OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA to hear the announcement of the winners on Monday, June 25th. For the second year in a row, the sky-high locale will give attendees a panoramic view of Los Angeles as they sip on handcrafted drinks and taste delicious passed appetizers. The event’s sponsors, William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s Gin, Flor de Caña, and Segura Viudas IO, will lend their spirits to the bar for a night that’s sure to impress the seasoned industry guests. No matter the champions of this year’s event, each bar continues to make a quality contribution to Los Angeles’ reputation as a haven for creativity and style.


Photo: OUE Skyspace

Post-Event Update

The event was a success as the industry crowd mixed and mingled atop OUE Skyspace with panoramic views of Los Angeles. With many bar teams familiar with each other’s venues through industry connections, guests cheered each winner as if it were a win for themselves. Apotheke took home the award for Most Stylish and The Normandie Club was awarded Best Crew. The biggest title of the night, Bar of the Year, went to Accomplice. The night was full of drinks, bites, and good vibes as creativity in the LA bar industry was celebrated.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners:

Bar of the Year sponsored by Hendricks Gin: Accomplice

Big Bar
NoMad (Giannini Bar)
The Normandie Club
Pacific Seas

Photo: Accomplice Bar

Best Legacy Bar sponsored by Flor de Caña: The Spare Room

Musso and Frank Grill
Seven Grand
The Varnish

Photo: The Spare Room

Best Wine Bar sponsored by Segura Viudas IO: Bar Covell

Bar Bandini
Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Photo: Bar Covell

Best New Bar: NoMad (Giannini Bar)

Bibo Ergo Sum
Broken Shaker
Employees Only

Photo: Giannini Bar

Best Bar-Restaurant Program: The Ponte

The Hearth and Hound

Photo: The Ponte

Best Crew: The Normandie Club

Big Bar
Harvard & Stone
The Spare Room
The Walker Inn

Photo: The Normandie Club

Most Stylish: Apothéke LA

Bibo Ergo Sum
Broken Shaker
NoMad (Giannini Bar)

Photo: Apothéke LA

Best Cocktail in the City: Cold Hollow at Bibo Ergo Sum

Yo LA Tengo at Everson Royce Bar
Mezcali Me Banana at Melrose Umbrella Co.
Sazerac at The Normandie Club
Russian Tea G&T at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

Photo: Cold Hollow at Bibo Ergo Sum

Most-Instagrammable Cocktail: Cola at The Walker Inn

Pearl Diver at Accomplice
Banana Wintour at Big Bar
Cocktail Explosion at NoMad (Giannini Bar)
Donga Punch at Pacific Seas

Photo: Cola at The Walker Inn

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From Imagination to Reality at Goya Studios

With a prime Hollywood location, Goya Studios has established itself as an expansive space to accommodate a range of Los Angeles events and productions. Their quality sound stages attract world-renowned clientele who have embraced the venue for red carpet events, corporate celebrations and unique, promotional productions. Goya Studios has positioned itself for success in becoming an essential in the event and entertainment production industries.

It takes much more than an idea to see a fully-immersive event experience come to life. The team behind Goya Studios, Nina Moayer and Joey Jenson, have embraced what it means to imagine by executing stunning productions in their Hollywood space. The word Goya, an Urdu word for “the act of disbelief through storytelling,” becomes an integral part of the team’s mission in orchestrating spectacular productions through creativity and technology.


Photo: The Copper Key Catering



Concepts are transformed into dreamlike realities during the process of putting together an event at Goya Studios. With three genuine, Hollywood sound stages that each boasts its own offerings, clients have no problem finding the right fit to house their production, performance or attraction. The industrial brick walls and concrete floors serve up stylized, textured options in Stage A. The intimate Stage B is fit to snap a winning photo with its industry-standard cyc wall for a pure, white backdrop. Stage C offers the largest square footage where music video, television and film productions have plenty of space to create a masterpiece.


Photo: Stage A Goya Studios

Photo: Stage B Goya Studios

Photo: Stage C Goya Studios


Putting together an event or production always involves a spectrum of moving parts, and Goya Studios has thought of everything. A private parking lot makes for easy access to each of the three stages. Technologies around the facility allow brands limitless innovation in lighting, sound and even special effects to be integrated into their event’s design. Any and all equipment needed is also offered to provide a full-service and convenient experience. The in-house catering, provided by The Copper Key and led by Michelin-starred Chef Guus Wickenhagen, is also a one-of-a-kind service that will keep both guests and crew satisfied with delicious eats.


Photo: The Copper Key Catering


With a space that can house up to 1,200 people, the massive campus has been used for state-of-the-art events that could only be conceived in the creative capital of Los Angeles. Puma partnered with rapper Big Sean to launch their joint collection at Goya Studios where a pop up shop, food truck, and barbershop were featured for guests to enjoy. Netflix’s Stranger Things celebrated its season two debut by hosting a binge-watching party with ‘80s arcade games, couches and a theatrically designed setting reflecting the beloved show. Freeform and POPSUGAR used the studio for their pop-up Mermaid Museum in promoting the premiere of Freeform’s Siren. The photographable scenery, 3D underwater room and eerie mermaid tank made for an interactive event that utilized the versatility of the expansive Goya Studios space.


Photo: Big Sean Goya Studios

Photo: Goya Studios / The Copper Key Catering

Photo: Goya Studios

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