How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

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Celebrate your 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known to be a hot destination for anyone celebrating a big life event, including the rite-of-passage of a 21st birthday. With the newfound ability to order a drink on your own, the possibilities are endless for how to spend your time in a city known for its world-renowned reputation of revelry. Narrow down your options with a rundown of how to take your Vegas birthday adventure to the next level.

 

Book Your Hotel Room

Your choice of hotel will make all the difference in the world, so why not splurge on your once-in-a-lifetime 21st birthday adventure? The Cosmopolitan is known for its sleek and sexy atmosphere that will have you feeling sophisticated during your entrance into adulthood. The Wynn and Encore towers will also give a luxurious feel to your stay with a classic style and beautiful views.

The extravagant Venetian Resort will also put a lavish touch on your stay with spacious suites and opulent Italian decor. For a great stay just off the strip, the newly renovated Palms will have you feeling like a rockstar with a chic, contemporary design and one-of-a-kind specialty suites.

 

Birthday Activities

Once you step foot onto the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel the energy of the city with people from all over the world thrill seeking in the lively, neon setting. You’re sure to get your heart-rate pumping on your 21st birthday by taking a few laps around the track driving a luxury sports car at Exotics Racing.

If seeing the city from great heights is more your style, take a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip for unparalleled views of the night’s sparkling lights. You’ll also get an adrenaline-filled view from the top of the Stratosphere–the tallest observation tower in the country that also includes multiple thrill rides that dangle you over the bustling city below.




Dine at the Best Restaurants

Make the most of your Vegas 21st birthday trip by indulging in some of the world’s finest cuisine featured up and down the Strip. The SLS Hotel is home to Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an imaginative culinary experience that is known to put an innovative twist on traditional Spanish dishes. Enjoy dinner at Catch at Aria for a trendy, eye-catching destination with an Asian-influenced menu.

You won’t go wrong at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, where the celebrity chef has created a menu of mouth-watering American cuisine at The Bellagio. Hakkasan isn’t just a nightclub, but also a luxurious restaurant with a Cantonese-inspired menu that makes for an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish atmosphere.




Dayclub Pool Parties

One of the best parts of Las Vegas weather is being able to take advantage of it through attending sun-filled day parties where you can celebrate your 21st birthday poolside while hearing your favorite artists. Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is a known favorite where DJs like The Chainsmokers, Diplo and Kygo show off their talents to energized crowds. Head to a Drai’s pool party atop the Cromwell Hotel where hip hop’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Migos and Future, are known to take the stage.

Wet Republic is a go-to for fans of EDM DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Zedd while at Daylight at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Morgan Page, Rick Ross and Duke Dumont. Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is also a hot destination boasting performances from DJs like Don Diablo, DJ Ruckus and DJ Mustard.

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Watch the Best Shows

A city made for entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of shows and music acts to dazzle you during your 21st birthday experience. Lovers of pop music will have plenty of talented stars to choose from with Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Cher and Gwen Stefani all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year.

You’ll also find bands like Aerosmith, Boyz II Men and Zac Brown Band taking their place on stage at hotels along the Strip. You can also take in one of the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows like O Show or Zumanity, or see Absinthe for a vintage circus and cabaret experience.

Party at the Best Nightclubs

It wouldn’t be a 21st birthday in Vegas without taking advantage of the overabundance of nightclubs along the iconic Strip. Head to the Aria to experience Jewel, a nightclub that brings artists like Tyga, Lil’ Jon and DMX to the stage regularly. You’ll be feeling the energy at XS with performers like Drake, Alesso and Marshmello entertaining crowds in the indoor-outdoor space.

You’ll also get a unique experience at Encore Night Swimone of the few nighttime pool parties on the Strip, featuring acts like Anna Lunoe, Disclosure, Galantis and Rufus Du Sol. LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay will have you dancing to artists like Saweetie, T-Pain and E-40. Marquee at The Cosmopolitan puts on shows from dance music legends like Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand. Aria is home to Jewel nightclub, which features EDM and hip hop acts like Tyga, Nicky Romero and Party Favor.

Bars & Lounges

If you’re narrowing down a place to buy your first drink and kick off your 21st birthday night, the best way to go is to stop into one of Vegas’ hottest lounges for an enhanced pre-party experience. Start your night off at APEX Social Club at The Palms with bites and drinks on their rooftop balcony overlooking an iconic view of the Strip. 

Head to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy the sleek SkyBar for signature cocktails and an unparalleled floor-to-ceiling view from the 23rd floor. You’ll also enjoy the view at the elegant Chandelier lounge in The Cosmopolitan, with three levels to take in the sparkling crystal decor. For a vintage-inspired hideaway, The MGM’s On The Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

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    Best Australian Restaurants in Los Angeles

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    Best Australian Restaurants in LA

    If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of the best Australian restaurants for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.




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    Great White

    This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.




    Maude / Gwen

    These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.




    Bondi Harvest

    This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

    E.P. & L.P.

    A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

    Little Ruby

    Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

    Paramount Coffee Project

    Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

    Point Five

    This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

    Pollen

    Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

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      America’s First Cannabis Cafe

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      The Original Cannabis Cafe

      After California passed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, Los Angeles has been abuzz with speculation of how the popular plant will be integrated into its many hospitality spaces. With only a handful of properties approved for a cannabis license, hospitality concepts are being created to embrace newfound opportunities for guests to experience some of the most innovative concepts in the world. With Original Cannabis Cafe now open, a precedent will soon be set for how similar hospitality concepts will operate in a new era of cannabis consumption.




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      The Country’s First Cannabis Cafe

      Officially open since October 1st, West Hollywood’s new Cannabis Cafe has been awarded the title of being the country’s first cannabis cafe–a concept brand new to the hospitality scene in response to California’s passage of recreational cannabis use in 2018. The highly-coveted license required to run the business received over 300 applicants, but was only approved for eight new venues in West Hollywood. 




      Dishes Made to Complement the Heightened Senses

      Unlike weed dispensaries, Cannabis Cafe is approved for on-site consumption of cannabis in the form of flowers, vapes, pre-made edibles, concentrates and extracts. Alcohol consumption and CBD food or drink aren’t available due to state law, but that won’t stop guests from taking a bite from their delicious food menu created by Chef Andrea Drummer. Dishes made to complement the “heightened senses” of cannabis include a fried chicken sandwich, candied pork belly, brussels sprouts and a dessert plate, with items expected to be rotated seasonally. Non-alcoholic mocktails made with fresh ingredients are also available as a refreshing touch.




      The Setting

      The trendy space consists of a dining cafe, lounge, and smoking patio along with a retail shop. It isn’t just limited to those wishing to light up, as the property also includes a non-smoking patio and the cafe is open to the public. Along with plenty of plants throughout to keep the space fresh, a custom air-filtration system helps keep smoke away from nearby residents, keeping the party contained to the Cannabis Cafe property.

      Lowell Farms

      The impressive venue is filled with natural foliage and a rustic, vintage design modeled after the Lowell Farms product brand. The Santa Barbara County-based company joined with LA’s renowned Houston Hospitality along with Una Mas bartending team to create the perfect combination of experiences. Guests are greeted by “Flower Hosts” who provide tableside service to help them choose from the variety of strains. A “Dab Bar” is available for more experienced smokers who already know their favorites. Reservations are good for an hour and a half with cannabis sales ending at 10pm, but guests are able to bring their own products in for consumption until 2am.

      Come One, Come All

      The venue’s initial reservations were fully booked, but now have openings throughout the day for guests to come and enjoy the space. The property is expected to draw in not only locals, but patrons from neighboring states where open marijuana consumption is not yet legal. Whether it be local residents or those travelling to Los Angeles from around the world, Cannabis Cafe makes history and kickstarts a new era of hospitality with the integration of cannabis.

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        The 20 Best Event Venues in Los Angeles for Your Next Celebration

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        Celebrate at the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

        Celebration is in the air as the holiday season unites colleagues, friends and family alike to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. With a diversity of neighborhoods and atmospheres to experience, choosing the right space to hold your next event can be an overwhelming task. These are the best event venues in Los Angeles that will make your social gathering a hit no matter the occasion.




        Catch

        Following in the footsteps of its New York predecessor, Catch LA is fit to be the hottest rooftop in West Hollywood. Unparalleled views of the city will give your guests a feast for the eyes as they take in the rustic charm of this new dining destination.




        Malibu Rocky Oaks

        Surround yourself with scenic views of California greenery at this lush vineyard in Malibu. The stone-built estate sits atop volcanic soil, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for flavorful wines. With an atmosphere fit for royalty, your guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the 37-acres of beautiful landscapes.

        Madame Siam

        One of the newest to join the Houston Hospitality family, Madame Siam in Hollywood 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.

        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.

        Doheny Room

        This stylish, hot spot features a two-level bar and lounge perfect for holding receptions of any kind. With two full-service bars and a DJ booth ready for action, the party will last all night in this elegant, West Hollywood space.

        E.P. & L.P.

        The Hollywood Hills will be the backdrop to your party if you treat your guests to a celebration at this rooftop space. The EP dining level and LP terrace, complete with a private nook for smaller events, feature an Asian fusion menu with modern décor to match their creative cocktails.

        The Mondrian Hotel

        This classic Sunset Boulevard hotel has a multitude of spaces to host a lively gathering. Skybar features one of the most breathtaking pool views in Los Angeles, while Ivory on Sunset will bring mid-century sophistication to any affair.

        The Nice Guy

        Known for its exclusivity and photo-free atmosphere, this upscale lounge is the perfect place for a cozy West Hollywood get-together. Clink glasses with an intimate group and spend the night taking in the stylish dining and 60s-inspired design.

        Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

        A charming eatery by day and elegant party destination by night, Hyde Sunset caters to your event needs with a spacious, open-air design surrounded by the bustle of Hollywood. With the ability to accommodate close to 400 guests, the California cuisine and fresh, craft cocktails are perfect for day or nighttime revelry.

        Republique

        Any occasion will be memorable at this modern French dining location, complete with a wine room and bakery. With a variety of rooms and seating styles, you’re guaranteed a unique experience whether it’s for a small, private dinner or a vivacious reception.

        Toca Madera

        This trendy, West Hollywood restaurant features creative Mexican dishes that accompany a lively, club-like ambiance. In their front room, the marble bar and matching DJ booth keep the party going all night, while a skylight brings in a natural element to dining in their garden room.

        Mama Shelter

        Bring your most playful guests to Mama Shelter, as their stylish pool tables and tabletop chess add to the artsy, vintage feel of the restaurant. If you prefer your event with a breeze, the Rooftop will have your guests enjoying LA’s signature sunshine amidst the vibrant daybeds and décor.

        Warwick

        If your group is ready for a night out on the town, Warwick will undoubtedly impress with their rotating theme of seductive furnishings. Be prepared to dance the night away with an energetic crowd and DJ, or sip drinks from above at the cozy second-level lounge.

        The London West Hollywood

        Your next poolside event will make a lasting impression at The London’s relaxing rooftop pool. Airy cabanas overlooking the sparkling water will give your event a touch of serenity. The London’s new rooftop dining option, Boxwood, is also memorable with its enclosed glass patio and fire pits.

        Eveleigh

        Just around the corner from Sunset Plaza, Eveleigh stands out with its rustic decor and garden-like seating environment. The open-air style of the restaurant’s design brings in a bit of nature, creating an atmosphere where your guests can enjoy a breezy LA gathering.

        71Above

        New to the restaurant scene, 71Above is located on the top floor of Downtown’s OUE Skyspace LA building. With an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view of the skyline, guests can enjoy a private dining experience in the tallest building on the West Coast. The artistic, contemporary furnishings create the perfect ambiance to drink and dine among the clouds.

        Nobu Malibu

        With a reputation for their decadent dining and shoreline views, Nobu Malibu can act as the stunning backdrop to your social gathering. The private dining rooms give your group an intimate place to enjoy yourselves with Malibu’s breezes accompanying the space.

        The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

        Rise to the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel to enjoy contemporary design and a view of Santa Monica’s ocean landscape at The Penthouse. Any reception will feel elegant with white curtains flowing throughout the restaurant, complementing the enticing California cuisine.

        Perch

        This French, rooftop bistro provides the perfect place for your guests to absorb the heart of Downtown LA with their intimate indoor and outdoor seating. The antique furnishings and décor bring an element of classic sophistication great for both formal and informal celebrations.

        Ysabel

        Indulge in festivities at this mid-century modern restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood. With a contemporary American menu, paired with mixology-inspired craft cocktails, you can choose from one of their many patios to toast with friends and family surrounded by trees decorated in twinkling lights.

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          The 20 Best Kept Secrets in LA’s Restaurant and Bar Scene

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          The Best Kept Secrets

          When planning a trip to Los Angeles, there are a number of must-see places you’ll have to visit. The most popular tourist destinations are usually the first recommendations you hear. However, many travelers appreciate diving in to get a more authentic taste–Where do the locals hang out? What do they order when they get there? Whether it’s unique libations, one-of-a-kind dishes, or Instagram-worthy experiences, many of the hot spots to wine and dine in hidden gems within LA’s restaurant and bar scene.




          In Sheeps Clothing

          Duck into this Downtown Arts District speakeasy hidden inside of Lupetti Pizzeria. The music is sure to take you away during their listening parties with a new album featured each night.




          High Tide

          Outside of having an Instagram-worthy design with plenty of pops of color, the bar High Tide in the Downtown Arts District has live glassblowing to mesmerize you with the unique artistry. You can also sign up for a glassblowing class to get in on the action yourself.

          Sunset & Vinyl

          Make your way to the back of 800 Degrees Pizza in Hollywood and climb the stairs to this vintage speakeasy. Donate a record to their collection in exchange for a free cocktail at this music-inspired locale.

          The Little Friend

          The sister bar to Silver Lake’s The Friend, this Venice outpost is a great place for a dance party but also offers up a surprising variety of mezcals from all over the world, stored within their unassuming closet bar.

          Broken Shaker

          Broken Shaker’s eclectic rooftop space is the perfect destination for catching up over drinks, and with a rotating Daily Punch, you’ll feel a nice buzz while you take in sights of the downtown cityscape.

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          Tramp Stamp Grannys

          Singers and music lovers flock to this Hollywood piano bar, with talented musicians playing all the hits while guests sing along. You’ll even catch the waitresses and bartenders showcasing their talents along with the occasional performance by owner Darren Criss.

          Tesse

          This restaurant at the base of the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood is known for its delicious menu and bar program, but also offers a unique bone luge experience for guests ordering the Bucatini bone marrow pasta. Guests receive a shot of Madeira wine poured down the empty bone for a one-of-a-kind taste to kickstart your palate.

          Good Times at Davey Waynes

          Angelenos flock nightly to this staple just off Hollywood Blvd. Try their alcoholic Snow Cones to cool off during a heatwave or their melt-in-your-mouth Shrimp Grilled Cheese to top off a night of boozy fun.

          Somni

          The Bazaar by Jose Andres is one of LA’s best restaurant and bar scene favorites for fine dining establishments, but its even more exclusive restaurant-within-a-restaurant Somni offers a further elevated tasting menu in an intimate private dining space.

          Shangri-La Hotel Rooftop Bar

          This hidden gem is the best place to watch a sunset on the Westside with guests lining the terrace each day to catch the perfect shot of the sun sinking into the ocean. Take the elevator all the way up to enjoy a drink at this local favorite.

          Seven Grand

          Downtown’s prized whiskey bar is the perfect place to do a whiskey tasting with a group of spirit-loving friends. With premium selections from around the world, you can’t miss the chance to tickle your tastebuds with the expansive variety of options.

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          Berris

          After a night out on the town, West Hollywood flocks to Berri’s late night eatery to indulge in their one and only Lobster Pizza. Bring your appetite along and let the upbeat vibe keep you partying far past last call.

          The Bungalow Santa Monica

          Taking in a view of the ocean is always a nice touch at The Bungalow’s renowned Santa Monica location. Order their housemade Sangria and let the fruity refresher take your beachside stay to the next level.

          Coles French Dip

          Visit this Downtown saloon that originated the French Dip for an authentic taste of Los Angeles history. Polish off your sandwich with a little Varnish, which can be found behind an unmarked door at the back of the space…

          Cleo Hollywood

          Stop by this Hollywood establishment for a quick bite before a night out. Their signature Brussel Sprouts will have you questioning how such an unpopular vegetable can possibly taste so good.

          Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar

          This breakfast-themed spot keeps Venice locals feeling good from morning ‘til night. Order their Vietnamese Iced Coffee cold brew cocktail and never look at your daily pick me up the same way again.

          Break Room 86

          For aspiring entertainers, this 80s-themed bar is the place to go when you’re in need of an audience. Their live band karaoke night on Tuesdays will make you feel like a rockstar, or you can jam out privately by booking a room to serenade friends.

          EP & LP

          Take the elevator up to the LP rooftop bar for a glamorous view of the Hollywood Hills. Order one of their Boba Cocktails for a unique twist that will keep your night buzzing right along.

          Gracias Madre

          You’ll be feeling light as a feather after stopping by this all-vegan WeHo spot for one of their CBD oil cocktails. The Sour T-iesel, Stoney Negroni, or Rolled Fashioned each include a dose of green medicine to end on a high note.

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          The Rooftop Bar at The Standard DTLA

          German beer lovers will rejoice in knowing The Standard’s rooftop bar also has an attached Biergarten. Stop by in the early evening Wednesday through Saturday for German snacks and say cheers over a tall glass of brew.

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            The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

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            Viva Las Vegas

            While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on an experience at these luxury fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.




            Joël Robuchon

            This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant fine dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.




            SW Steakhouse

            The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.




            Yui Adomae

            For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

            Picasso

            Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

            CUT by Wolfgang Puck

            One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

            Twist

            Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

            é by José Andrés

            This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

            Restaurant Guy Savoy

            A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

            Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

            Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

            Le Cirque

            Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining in Las Vegas from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

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              Wine and Dine at The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

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              Bon Appétit

              San Francisco is known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant culture and innovative tech landscape, making it one of the most interesting cities in the world. With impressive restaurants on every corner, there are plenty of places to take in a quality dining experience during your visit to the Bay. Make the most of your business trip or vacation when you indulge in some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.




              Flour + Water

              The seasonal menu at Flour + Water keeps guests coming back for more to enjoy this inviting, classic restaurant with a neighborhood feel. Situated in the Mission District, you’ll taste some of the best pasta in San Francisco made with unique combinations of vibrant flavors. Their newer sister restaurant, Flour + Water Pizzeria, is also a go-to for a taste of a delicious pie.




              Ayala

              You’ll find delicious seafood creations at Ayala, located at the Hotel G in Union Square. Sky-high ceilings create an enviable ambiance to enjoy their menu of fish, shellfish and an impressive raw bar. Your dining experience is topped off with a buzz from their menu of freshly-made cocktails. 




              Monsieur Benjamin

              The flavorful dishes at Monsieur Benjamin are sure to please your palate with Parisian fare in the heart of Hayes Valley. The modern reinventions of French classics, including steak tartare, escargot and frog legs, bring new life to traditional recipes. This bistro won’t disappoint during your next French cuisine craving.

              Fiorella

              If you’re in the mood for Italian, Fiorella in Outer Richmond is the place to go with wood-fired pizzas and antipasti made by Brookyln-born chefs. Order from their diverse wine list to bring even more flavor to the savory selection. Their wallpaper featuring the faces of San Francisco icons makes this outpost a neighborhood staple, along with its newer sister restaurant Fiorella Polk Street.

              Tartine Manufactory

              As an extension of its Bakery predecessor, the Mission’s Tartine Manufactory has grown to be a local favorite for unparalleled pastries by day and an appetizing dinner menu by night. The bright and airy atmosphere complements the fresh fare of sandwiches and salads alongside its dreamy evening ambiance filled with the scent of seasoned vegetables and meats.

              Nopa

              The rustic environment at Nopa brings authenticity to your dining experience with American, Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. Anyone who can appreciate a good burger will enjoy their signature dish paired with delicious craft cocktails. 

              Liholiho Yacht Club

              The Hawaiian cuisine at Nob Hill’s Liholiho Yacht Club keeps guests returning to enjoy the sophisticated, fun environment. The exclusive spot keeps reservations filled due to its mouth-watering menu featuring ingredients like kimchi, peanuts and pineapple, evoking Asian influences with a Californian flair.

              Marlowe

              This inviting eatery brings a lively energy to its Soma surroundings with a bustling clientele of revelers. Sink your teeth into their menu of mouth-watering favorites ranging from signature brussels sprout chips to a noteworthy hamburger.

              a Mano

              It’s first-come-first-served at this restaurant in Hayes Valley, known for its long line of guests ready to be wined and dined. They may not take reservations, but their Italian cuisine is worth the wait with items like pizzas, pastas and even a signature fried chicken to satisfy your tastebuds. Grab a table along the sidewalk outside for perfect people-watching in the city.

              Delfina

              This busy go-to in the Mission requires a reservation to enjoy its California-Italian style dining. With two decades of bringing quality plates to the area, Delfina offers up a solid menu of wood-fired pizzas, arancini and spaghetti that will make you never want to leave.

              Kin Khao

              Union Square’s Parc 55 Hotel is home to Kin Khao, a contemporary spot with a menu of flavorful Thai classics. With homemade curries and sauces, this Michelin-starred restaurant has proven itself worthy drawing guests into its Tenderloin neighborhood for authentic Bangkok-inspired eats.

              Little Creatures

              While known to be more of a brewery than a restaurant, this Australian brand brings a delicious menu of pizzas, mussels and more giving bar food a unique, Aussie twist. Pair a flight of beer with an order of lamb ribs to experience this new addition to Mission Bay, just a short stroll from the Chase Center.

              Angler

              This spacious, waterfront restaurant thrives in offering Soma guests delectable, family-style plates ranging from a full raw bar to dishes roasted over an open, wood fireplace. Whether you prefer your protein from land or sea, Angler’s menu includes both with roasted octopus, hot chicken-style rabbit and antelope tartare bringing exotic flavors straight to your table.

              Octavia

              A neighborhood restaurant with a Michelin-starred menu, Octavia boasts a casual elegance perfect for a night of dining in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. The evolving menu of charming plates brings in guests to enjoy the relaxed, welcoming environment.

              Beretta

              This classic is a must-try when looking for the best restaurants in San Francisco, with delectable pizzas and pastas along with finger food to accompany seasonal cocktail creations. Open until 1am, a rarity in the city, dinner can easily shift into a night of toasting drinks at this local favorite in the Mission.

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                The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Travel

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                Ultimate Guide to Tokyo

                Before arriving in Tokyo, it’s nearly impossible to grasp the sheer size and density of the city or the depth of the culture. As one of the largest conurbations on the planet, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do during your time there with the landscape of attractions constantly changing and evolving.

                Whether you are interested in seeing the historical and deeply traditional side of the city, or the ultra-modern and opulent, you will never run out of things to do in the bustling Japanese capital. Explore a city of excitement with hotels, restaurants and nightlife with our ultimate guide to Tokyo travel.




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                HOTELS

                Shangri-La Hotel – Tokyo

                Named after the legendary land from James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo captures the serenity and harmony for which the brand is known for around the world. The hotel is located on the top 11 floors of the 37-floor Marunouchi Trust Tower, and is just minutes away from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has been presented with a number of prestigious awards and is truly one of the best hotels in the country.




                Aman Tokyo

                Located on the top floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo serves as a sanctuary for guests but also as a grand monument to the modern Japanese capital of Tokyo and all that the city stands for, such as a strong affinity towards ancestral traditions. Guests can expect ultra-modern and sleek ryokan-style rooms that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living. Along with a multitude of high-end amenities, guests can take advantage of the Aman’s spa, which is one of the largest and highest-rated in the city.




                The Prince Park Tower – Tokyo

                As the flagship location for the prestigious Prince hotel chain, The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo has been outfitted with all the modern luxuries that one could ask for when staying at such a lavish location. Sitting 33 stories above Tokyo, the Prince Park Tower is a sophisticated tower that overlooks one of the city’s largest green spaces, Shiba Koen. Along with breathtaking views of the cityscape, the interior design blends ultra-modern elements with traditional Japanese elegance which creates an unbelievable stay. Everything from bowling alleys to a boulangerie is available to guests along with world-class client services.

                DINING

                Ginza Kojyu

                Regarded as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, Ginza Kojyu is led by head chef Toro Okuda and focuses on a multi-course kaiseki menu inside a Zen-like dining area. Okuda and his team do a magnificent job of showcasing modern Japanese haute cuisine through their use of ultra-fresh seasonal ingredients and expression of enhanced natural flavors.

                Narisawa

                Narisawa is a Tokyo staple and is world-renowned for its unique style of innovative “Satoyama cuisine,” a term coined by head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. Chef Narisawa takes inspiration from his Japanese ancestors’ intimate relationship with the forest and sea that surrounded them, an inspiration that can be seen in his dishes.

                Sukiyabashi Jiro

                Acclaimed chef Jiro Ono brings Tokyo ultra-fresh sushi at his Chuo City restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The menu changes constantly and is based upon which fish may be in season or what could be found that morning at the fish market. Sukiyabashi Jiro has a strict reservation list, as the intimate dining area only seats 10. If you’re looking forward to trying some authentic sushi during your time in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro should be number one on your list.

                NIGHTLIFE

                1OAK Tokyo

                Just like its counterparts in some of the best cities in the US, 1OAK Tokyo is an exclusive destination for hosting top acts from around the world to perform in an energetic nightlife environment. The exclusive club sees long lines of partygoers hoping to get into the stylishly-designed hot spot. 1OAK’s signature sultry decor and sleek furnishings create a mood of luxury in the heart of Tokyo.

                Oath

                Oath is known around the city as being one of the most energetic and fun night clubs in all of Tokyo. A mix of local and international DJs frequent the club which creates a constantly changing dynamic. With a regular closing time of 8am on weekends, you’ll need all the stamina you can muster to enjoy the night until they shut it down.

                PLUSTOKYO

                PLUSTOKYO perfectly combines elements of art, food, drinks, entertainment, and music. The venue itself is located on the top floor and roof of the Kirarito shopping complex and includes a nightclub, three bars, a cafe and an art gallery. It really is a one-stop shop for everything you could ask for in a night out in Tokyo.

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                  The 20 Best Looking Venues to Host Your LA Event

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                  The Best Looking LA Event Venues

                  With beautiful places to wine and dine all over Los Angeles, the options are endless for where you can spend your next special occasion. The holiday season brings together friends, family and colleagues for events big and small, to toast glasses at the array of LA’s diverse venues. Whether it’s a grand, rooftop view or a lush, garden escape, plan your next event at one of these best looking LA event venues to set the scene for your celebration.




                  Warwick

                  For a night on the town, Warwick has a sexy atmosphere that keeps the party going as their ever-changing furnishings add an element of surprise to the space. Grab a table downstairs with bottle service or book out the private second-level lounge to sip drinks overlooking the lively crowd.

                  Bungalow Santa Monica




                  The Bungalow Santa Monica is a beachside bar overlooking the Pacific shoreline, the perfect place for a day of enjoying the Santa Monica weather or a night of mixing and mingling with the locals. The vintage, coastal vibe makes for a relaxing atmosphere where you can gather with friends to take in the ocean breeze.

                  Poppy




                  A recent addition to the West Hollywood nightlife scene, Poppy takes on a theme of storybook surrealism with its fairytale-like space. This whimsical, upscale hot spot is great for celebrating at a bottle service table, or in their private VIP lounge.

                  Catch LA

                  With open-air dining in the heart of West Hollywood, Catch LA has staked its claim as one of the hottest destinations to hit Los Angeles. The fresh seafood dishes and drinks compliment the rustic charm of this rooftop garden escape.

                  Malibu Rocky Oaks

                  Take in the fresh air at Malibu Rocky Oaks, a stone-built vineyard estate in the Santa Monica Mountains. Overlooking 37-acres of beautiful landscapes and signature California greenery, the one-of-a-kind environment produces flavorful, award-winning wines that your guests won’t get enough of.

                  The Highlight Room

                  The Highlight Room is new to the Hollywood landscape, a rooftop space featuring a lounge, pool, and food menu is a chic spot to celebrate your special event. Live DJs and poolside cabanas keep attendees partying the night away, with light bites, refreshing cocktails, and a view of the iconic Hollywood sign as a backdrop.

                  Redbird

                  Located inside one of Downtown LA’s historic buildings, Redbird combines simplicity and elegance to create an ambience fit for any special occasion. With a main dining room, multiple indoor and outdoor private dining areas, or the Vibiana cathedral event space next door, the award-winning Redbird menu is perfect for events big and small.

                  Delilah

                  Inspired by Hollywood’s golden era, Delilah brings elements of class and sophistication to the scene making for an intimate space to join close friends and family. The comfortable lounge seating is perfect for watching the surprise performances or tasting craft cocktails in this timeless setting.

                  Openaire at The LINE Hotel

                  Plan your party at Openaire at The LINE Hotel and celebrate at one of the most Instagrammed places in Los Angeles. With it’s lush, greenhouse surroundings, your group dining experience will put you in touch with nature in the midst of its urban, Downtown location.

                  Beauty & Essex

                  Join your loved ones at Beauty & Essex, a luxurious Hollywood dining experience. Guests will feel like they’re inside a jewelry box as you dine atop fashionable seating and beneath crystal chandeliers. The lounge includes both indoor and outdoor space for you to mingle with your guests in this seductive venue.

                  18 Social at Hotel Indigo

                  The penthouse level of the Indigo is reserved for 18 Social, a sleek cocktail lounge featuring breathtaking views of Downtown LA. The contemporary space calls back to old Hollywood influences while combining a unique, modern design to provide you and your guests with a stylish experience.

                  The Rosy Oyster at The Roosevelt Hotel

                  It’ll feel like a tropical vacation in this hideaway lounge off the Roosevelt Hotel Tropicana pool. The name Rosy Oyster compliments the pops of pink decor, rosé wine list, and selection of oysters to share with your fresh seafood-loving friends. With DJs playing a mix of artists, this exclusive 35-seat space is the perfect vibe for a fashionable night in Hollywood.

                  Broken Shaker at The Freehand Hotel

                  Inspired by its award-winning Miami predecessor, Broken Shaker is a vibrant rooftop bar located on the pool deck of the new Freehand Hotel. The handcrafted cocktails with homemade ingredients will keep your party happy while lounging on the eclectic, contemporary furnishings overlooking the water.

                  E.P. & L.P. Rooftop

                  Treat your guests to a celebration to remember at the E.P. & L.P. Rooftop space in this WeHo establishment. The bright furnishings pop against the expansive wooden terrace, where you can grab a seat for drinks and late night snacks. Book Frankie’s Private Bar for a more intimate area for you and your guests to enjoy cocktails under the stars.

                  The Rose Cafe

                  The Rose Cafe is a classic Venice restaurant that has maintained its style and continues to be a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. With their 40-foot cocktail bar and outdoor, garden-like dining patio, The Rose makes for an ideal event space whether it be a casual Sunday afternoon or an elegant Saturday night.

                  Cliffs Edge

                  Cliff’s Edge is a Silver Lake dining spot that has a seasonal, rustic menu to compliment their bustling, green patio and colorful seating. Your guests will love the aged trees and twinkling lights above that create an ambiance perfect for a special gathering.

                  Lono

                  This tiki-inspired bar in a unique Hollywood Boulevard location may be the perfect spot for you to celebrate your next big event. Lono’s expansive, tropical oasis boasts a menu of rum cocktails and tropical bites for you and your guests to clink glasses as you take a vintage journey to the islands.

                  The Peppermint Club

                  Created as a lounge space for live music performances, you’ll dance the night away in the middle of their chic, 1960s-inspired space. With dim lighting and places to cozy up with your group, The Peppermint Club’s nostalgic aesthetic will make for an evening of sophisticated revelry.

                  Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel

                  For a place to party while bowling a few games, The Spare Room lounge on the second floor of the Roosevelt Hotel will bring your loved ones together to enjoy the innovative cocktails and classic design. Book the entire space for a stylish, private game night that your guests will remember for a lifetime.

                  Spire 73 at Intercontinental DTLA

                  Celebrate atop the tallest building west of Chicago in this lounge space at the Intercontinental Hotel. This new addition to the LA skyline towers 73 stories above the city, with Spire 73 currently boasting the title of the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Bring in your loved ones to toast to this rare view of Los Angeles.

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                    The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

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                    Fine Dining in South Africa

                    South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining restaurants in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.




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                    The Restaurant at Waterkloof

                    Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.




                    The Test Kitchen

                    An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.




                    La Colombe

                    La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.

                    Restaurant Mosaic

                    Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

                    Wolfgat

                    Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

                    The Camphors at Vergelegen

                    This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

                    Greenhouse

                    Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

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