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The Top 15 Essential New Bars to Visit in NYC

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Essential New Bars in NYC

The nightlife scene can be difficult to keep up with in any city, and with New York being a bustling playground all hours of the night, it can be especially tough to know which spots deserve a visit. The ever-changing landscape has plenty of new bars to visit in NYC that will have you toasting your drinks in style within the variety of innovative settings.




Gibson + Luce

Beneath the NoMad’s Life Hotel sits a former speakeasy that now houses a contemporary hideaway lounge. Choose a record from the expansive library of vinyl while you lounge on modern banquette seating in this sleek venue.




The Polynesian

Tiki culture makes its way to the Big Apple with this ode to the tropical 1940s style. Located within the Pod Hotel in Times Square, the expansive cocktail menu offers up Polynesian flavors as guests get a view of Midtown from the third-floor venue.




Peachys

Head to Chinatown to try out this cocktail bar in the downstairs room of popular eatery Chinese Tuxedo. With Gucci wallpaper and lush floral accents lining the space, you’ll stay cozy while you sip from the drink menu stocked with superfood ingredients.

The Woodstock

A trendy spot in the Meatpacking District, this spacious bar attracts patrons who live for the tasty pizzas and eye-catching Salvador Dali originals hanging on its walls. The welcoming locale has a relaxed, ‘70s-inspired vibe where you won’t have a problem stopping in for a casual cocktail.

The George Washington Bar

This former library has a dark, vintage style with a fireplace and wooden accents to round out the feel. The cozy drinkery, a part of the Freehand Hotel, serves up sophisticated sips in the presidential-worthy space.

Rose Gold

One of Bushwick’s newest spots to dance the night away, Rose Gold will have you descending into the basement of a seafood spot for a late night escape. The neon accents and artsy feel draw in a crowd of lively guests who come ready to take in sounds from live DJ performers.

18th Room

The people behind Bathtub Gin have ushered 18th Room onto the scene, hiding this time behind the façade of a coffee supply shop. Art deco elements are brought into the 1920s-style venue where bartenders create customized drinks for each guest who walks through the door.

Banzarbar

Take a trip across the seas at this intimate speakeasy bar above Freemans restaurant. The theme of Antarctic exploration gives the reservation-only space a niche atmosphere where they’re free to let the sophisticated menu change with the journey.

Make Believe

The rooftop of the SIXTY LES is transformed into an artistic and glamorous escape where your imagination is the key to a good time. The pops of color in the velvet seating, tropical foliage, and neon lighting transport guests to another place and time.

Alley Cat Amateur Theatre

You’ll get the best of both worlds at this part-theater-part-speakeasy experience. The mix of modern furnishings and industrial décor create a unique lounge space with a theatrical touch. Japanese flavors enhance the food and drink menu and will please your palate as you take in a live show.

Broken Shaker

This rooftop cocktail bar sits at the top of the new Freehand Hotel, and has successful predecessors in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles to vouch for its buzz. The beachy style pairs nicely with the tropical-inspired drinks and Mediterranean and Caribbean bites.

The Seville

This modern, underground lounge lives beneath the James NoMad Hotel and boasts a chic style perfect for a night of partying. The live DJs draw in a celeb-studded patronage with guests dancing the night away inside the luxurious design.

Patent Pending

Slip into this hidden locale that acts as a coffeehouse during daylight hours and transforms into a cozy speakeasy after dark. With a menu inspired by Nikolas Tesla, who used to live in the building, you’ll be able to feel the energy in this tucked away space.

Ophelia

At the top of Beekman Tower sits this glamorous, feminine cocktail bar with an art deco-inspired setting to complement its history. Formerly a women’s social club in the early 20th Century, guests can lounge with drinks while witnessing the breathtaking view.

Harriets Rooftop & Lounge

The 10th floor of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is reserved for this sophisticated spot filled with greenery. Craft cocktails and waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline create a contemporary space fit for a lavish night out, complete with live DJs bringing vibrance to the evening.

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    Sounds of the City: The Best Places for Live Music in LA

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    Live Music in LA

    Los Angeles is world-renowned for its ability to attract talented people from all around the world. Finding great entertainment in the city is as simple as walking into your favorite bar, as the surplus of skilled artists leaves guests with a variety of options. Music lovers will have no problem finding a good time in visiting these destinations are the best places for live music in LA whose live acts are known to impress.




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    Delilah

    Take an elegant night out when you reserve a table at Delilah—a nostalgic space for an intimate experience. Sultry performances from music artists and burlesque dancers keep up the seductive vibe.

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    The Sayers Club

    Stop by this sleek Hollywood lounge for inventive performances from LA’s favorite musicians. You never know who you’ll see take the stage at this A-list favorite hot spot.




    Harvard & Stone

    Try out this beloved neighborhood bar where you can grab a quality cocktail while watching some of the best local bands in the city. Their 60s-inspired industrial space makes for a laid back place to hang out and mingle with the East Hollywood crowd.

    Academy LA

    Previously Create Nightclub, the newly re-imagined Academy LA is the perfect place for EDM lovers to get their fill. Alongside local favorites, international DJs show up to treat audiences to a performance to remember.

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    Villains Tavern

    Head to the Downtown Arts District to try out this indoor and outdoor cocktail bar. Their stage is perfect for local bands to show off their skills in the rustic, artsy locale.

    Harvelles Santa Monica

    Quality musicians display their talents at this classic Santa Monica destination—the oldest music venue on the Westside. With occasional help from burlesque dancers, live bands bring the genre alive while guests drink and dance the night away.

    Dirty Laundry

    Take the stairs underground to enter into this former Hollywood speakeasy for cocktails and plenty of room to dance. Explore the space to discover something for everyone as live bands and DJs take the stage within the maze of rooms.

    The Peppermint Club

    The vintage feel of this West Hollywood lounge draws in sophisticated patrons who appreciate a quality performance. Music lovers admire this chic and exclusive setting for an intimate night out.

    Zebulon

    This spacious Silver Lake cocktail bar doubles as a music venue with nightly DJ sets and live bands for your entertainment. From local independent rockers to up-and-coming buzz bands, you’ll hear plenty of talented acts while grabbing a drink inside or on their patio.

    Viva Hollywood

    If you’re in the mood for salsa dancing, Viva provides guests the perfect place to show off their moves.  This sexy hot spot gives you dinner with a show—live performances go hand in hand with the delicious Mexican cuisine and quality cocktails.

    Cliftons

    This historic Downtown destination has remained a staple in the nightlife scene with its multi-level decadence. Guests are known to dress to the nines in the style of the classic venue for their live jazz and swing performances.

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      Coachella Parties 2020: A Guide to the Best Events of the Weekend

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      Guide to the Best Coachella Parties

      Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

      One of the best music festivals in the world is enhanced every year by a flurry of pop-ups, sponsored Coachella 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 2020. 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 2020 as they’re announced.

      COACHELLA PARTIES 2020 POSTPONED

       

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      Neon Carnival – October 2020

      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 will be taking on multiple weekends for 2020 at the expansive HITS Desert Horse Park for its 10 year anniversary. The festivities will start off weekend one and pick up during the unofficial “weekend three” that coincides with Stagecoach Music Festival. This exclusive extravaganza will be sponsored by Levi’s as usual, along with Bondi Sands and the upcoming Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie.




      Poppy x Revolve – Postponed

      The annual Poppy party has become one of the most sought-after invites of Coachella weekend one. Guests like Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Kylie Jenner and Cardi B have partied the night away in past years alongside a trendy crowd of partygoers. This year’s event will be even more exclusive as it joins with the influencer-favorite Revolve brand to create a can’t-miss celebration on Friday evening.




      Bootsy Bellows Pool Party in the Desert – Postponed

      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 will partner with McDonald’s and Pac Sun for a pop-up event that attracts plenty of celebrities along with Los Angeles’ finest. The pool party, now in its 7th year, continues to be fully-stocked with musicians, models and actors digging into the selection of McDonald’s burgers making for a day party dream.




      #REVOLVE Festival: Postponed

      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.

      Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel: Postponed

      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.

      Desert Dream – Postponed

      This party held in Indio promises an immersive experience with DJs spinning alongside art and wellness activities. The fantasy-like experience of dancing in the desert in close proximity to Coachella’s Empire Polo Grounds makes this event an ideal stop during the weekend of festivities.

      The Do-Over by Adidas Soundoff & Desert Sundays

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      TAO x Revolve Desert Nights

      The well-known nightlife brand TAO Group collaborates with Revolve for a warm, desert night of fashion, cocktails and partying. With past sponsors like Puma and Palms Resort, this highly-coveted event invite goes out to celebrities, influencers, models and fashion insiders aiming to have a good time in the Palm Desert locale. Past attendees have included G-Eazy, Halsey, Miguel, YG and performances from Marshmello.

      Cafe Mambo Ibiza

      You’ll get a taste of the Ibiza party scene at this event held at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. The Cafe Mambo bar is known for its iconic DJ performances and energetic crowd who get to party overlooking the Spanish sunset. This Palm Springs pop-up is sure to bring in house music lovers who want to experience the added touch to their Coachella weekend.

      ZOEasis

      Rachel Zoe’s fashion website The Zoe Report is throwing their annual ZOEasis event for its fifth year. The Parker Palm Springs hosts fashion’s biggest names for a light and airy outdoor soiree inspired by the Zoe Report brand. A-list attendees like Paris Hilton, Victoria Justice, and Whitney Cummings join models, influencers and Rachel Zoe herself to kickoff the weekend with style.

      Deep in the Desert

      This party put on by Deep Space Productions is known to be a hot destination for invited guests with an appreciation for EDM and dance music. DJ Erick Morillo will be headlining the party again this year at an expansive private estate in Bermuda Dunes. Past Deep in the Desert attendees include plenty of A-listers like Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio.

      Prism Boutique Desert House

      The Southern California fashion brand Prism Boutique brings its styling to the desert for a weekend of pampering and shopping to prep for your Coachella adventure. Stop by on Friday for mini makeovers and facials or come in on Saturday for hair styling and lashes. The cocktails and refreshments will keep guests happy at this oasis for indulgence.

      Lucky Brand Desert Jam

      Head to Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs to make a splash at this annual pool party event. Lucky Brand jeans and Rolling Stone Live come together to provide drinks, live music and gifts for a guest list of partygoers.

      Moschino Party

      This iconic late night event is a favorite for celebrities and fashion lovers looking for a way to end their weekend one Saturday with a bang. With this year’s sponsors like The Sims, Ciroc and Perrier, the party is sure to be an eclectic experience with legendary designer Jeremy Scott continuing to bring his unique aesthetic to the event. Last year’s guests included fashion-forward A-listers like Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, Cardi B, and Paris Jackson.

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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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        Dance in the Desert at the Neon Carnival 2020

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        Neon Carnival

        Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

        Over the years, the annual Neon Carnival has blossomed into becoming one of Coachella’s most highly-coveted party wristbands. The A-list guest list limited to celebrities, influencers, and industry insiders creates an incredible night as guests indulge in carnival games, rides, and unforgettable live performances in the middle of the desert. This highly sought-after invite grants you exclusive access to experience the social event of the year at Neon Carnival 2020.

        NEON CARNIVAL 2020 – POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER

        Coachellas most highly-coveted party wristbands




        Weekend Three Announced

        The carnival has typically been held for one night only late on the Saturday night of Coachella weekend one each year, but has recently expanded to include a second day of revelry. Partygoers can now also attend during the unofficial “weekend three,” which coincides with Goldenvoice’s other Indio festival Stagecoach.




        Neon Carnival presented by Levis and Bondi Sands

        The carnival is managed by nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse—the creative behind Santa Monica and Huntington Beach’s well-admired Bungalow bars, set to open their third location in Long Beach. His impact in the industry spans decades, leading his company Bolthouse Productions to continuously impress with their creativity, detail, and knack for orchestrating a good time.

        In the early Neon Carnival days, the party was an even more exclusive indoor event at the Barker Hangar in Thermal, CA. It was a party fully-stocked with Hollywood elites as a private place to escape to after the festival with only a few-hundred guests on the invite list. The outdoor carnival aspect didn’t come into play until 2010, inspired by another of Bolthouse’s famous private parties held at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Each year the Neon Carnival has grown, with the event switching locations in 2018 to HITS Desert Horse Park, a larger space for an increased guest list of 8,000 attendees. The new guest list has expanded even further for 2020 after the addition of a second night.




        A-List Attendees

        Past Neon Carnival events are well-known for drawing in a kaleidoscope of A-listers. It may be no surprise that attendees have included regular clubgoers like Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Paris Hilton, but when Hollywood royalty like Leonardo Dicaprio and Clint Eastwood also show up for the festivities, the carnival’s status is cemented as being the best of the best.

        The Neon Carnival is an invite-only event.

        The big question hopeful attendees have each year is, “How do you get a wristband?” Bolthouse cites close-knit industry relationships as being the number one source for the guest list. Invites go out to talent agencies, record labels, and the numerous nightlife connections Bolthouse has developed over the years. The curated selection of invitees are given a time and place for advanced check-in where they pick up their wristbands in Los Angeles within the weeks prior to the event. The 2019 event marked the first year the check-in location was made to feel like a party itself, with a red carpet, photo station, complimentary beverages and a lounge space for guests waiting in line for their wristbands.

        Neon Carnival Access

        With its 2019 expansion, the brand has opened up the attendee pool by allowing potential guests to request guestlist access on the Neon Carnival website. Invites are still be given at the discretion of Bolthouse Productions, with influencers and highly-followed Instagram accounts likely to receive priority. According to Bolthouse himself, anyone with a dream of waltzing into the event is best off getting to know him personally through one of his many bar and nightlife ventures.

        The Neon Carnival 2020 event will likely bring back their resident DJ performers along with guest performers to take the stage. You won’t miss out on any Coachella acts as the Carnival is always held after the closing artist has ended. Neon Carnival has never been directly affiliated with the festival and has always been an event for post-Coachella, which has helped cultivate a friendship rather than competition between the two events.

        Whether you’re one of the lucky invited guests, or a spectator hoping to make it to the list one day, excitement continues to mount as all eyes will be on the Neon Carnival this Coachella season. Its 11th installment will be sure to bring new surprises as guests party until the sun comes up at one of the hottest social events of the year.

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          Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

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          Best Music Festivals in the US

          As the weather rises for the start of spring, music lovers across the nation begin making plans to attend the best events of the year. The best music festivals in the US draws in thousands of concertgoers looking to see all their favorite artists take the stage for unforgettable performances. With sunshine and talented artists fueling the crowd’s energy, each festival has its own style with something unique to offer its patrons.




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          SXSW: March 13th – 20th

          Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

          This Austin event doesn’t limit itself to just music—it includes a mix of performances, film screenings, panels, and new media exhibitions that attract thousands of attendees each year. The conference showcases professionals in a variety of industries that come to share their expertise in their field, while the individual festivals feature talented artists in numerous of genres. From comedy to gaming, SXSW has got it all covered and makes for an entertaining kick off to spring.




          Ultra: March 20th – 22nd

          Note: This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 4th, 2020. Miami leaders and Ultra representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

          Opening its doors right in the middle of Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival showcases some of the hottest acts in the electronic music scene. DJs from all over the world turn Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into one big dance party with lively shows under the sun. This year’s event will include exclusive performances to make any EDM lover want to join in on the excitement. With thousands already in town for the events of the week, Ultra draws in audiences ready to live it up by taking in the sights and sounds of their favorite dance music performers.




          Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: April 10th – 19th

          Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

          One of the most popular events in California, Coachella has cemented itself as a staple in the music festival scene as attendees are drawn to the desert each year for music, art, food, and the experience of a lifetime. From independent up-and-comers to established Grammy winners, the quality lineup of artists makes tickets sell out almost a year in advance. Along with the festival, the events and parties surrounding Coachella help create an enjoyable escape into all that’s hot in the music world.

          Rolling Loud: May 8th – 10th

          This once modest event has grown to become one of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world. The three-day event has been hosted in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami, along with expanding internationally to Portugal. Artists that are making waves in rap and hip hop take the stage to perform for audiences filled with up to 60,000 fans. The energetic festival brings together rap lovers from all over the country to experience the unique lineup of up and coming acts.

          EDC Las Vegas: May 15th – 17th

          Electronic music fans migrate to Vegas each year to experience one of the most established dance music raves in the country. EDM acts take the stage alongside impressive light shows and art installations, all in appreciation for the genre. Coupled with the timing of Memorial Day Weekend, this festival draws in plenty of attendees ready to enjoy Vegas by taking in the sights and sounds of some of the hottest DJs in the world.

          Bottlerock: May 20th-25th

          Kicking off summer during Memorial Day Weekend, Napa Valley’s Bottlerock offers “music, food, wine and brew” for its thousands of attendees each year. The lineup of well-known music acts take the stage to perform their hits while a culinary stage showcases star chefs in the industry. A variety of wine and beer brands supply a buzz to audiences as festivalgoers explore the lively, outdoor event.

          Bonnaroo: June 11th-14th

          You’ll enjoy the music and entertainment at Bonnaroo, a yearly festival taking place in Manchester, Tennessee. More than 150 musicians perform during the expansive four-day event, showcasing their talents to excited attendees who camp out and enjoy the range of activities. Art installations, yoga sessions and workshops keep the good vibes flowing throughout the earthy event.

          Lollapalooza: July 30th – August 2nd

          With almost 200 bands taking the stage each year, Lollapalooza brings the music industry’s finest to Chicago for an experience to remember. Well-known headliners and buzzed about newcomers perform for thousands with food and drinks from Chicago’s best restaurants keeping concertgoers energized. The Grant Park location also features pop-up bars, photo booths, a roller skating tent and art installations for attendees to indulge in creativity, along with family-friendly DIY activities for younger patrons. With a turnout of over 400,000 each year, Lollapalooza is a force to be reckoned with in the festival circuit.

          Outside Lands: August 7th – 9th

          Golden Gate Park is transformed into a weekend-long party as San Francisco music lovers enjoy the end of their summer by seeing their favorite acts live. From DJs to rock bands to rappers, you can catch a performance from some of the world’s best musicians in all types of genres. Attendees also get to experience a dose of SF’s creativity with their Cocktail Magic, Gastromagic, stand up comedy shows, live painting and delicious food truck fare to keep the fun flowing.

          Life is Beautiful: September 18th – 20th

          This festival focused on feel-good vibes takes over Downtown Las Vegas every year with live music, art exhibitions, panels, and delicious dining. Thousands of music lovers flock to the event for an impressive lineup of musicians, but also get to take in murals by skilled street artists, presentations from world-renowned speakers, and top of the line cuisine. A trip to Life is Beautiful can be the perfect way to close out festival season with a bang.

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            Guide to SXSW Parties 2020

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            SXSW 2020 Parties

            Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been cancelled as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus. This unprecedented decision has made 2020 the first in 34 years that SXSW will not be occurring. Unofficial parties and gatherings related to the festival will more than likely follow suit in cancellation.

            Each year, thousands of visitors head to Austin,Texas to attend SXSW, a festival celebrating what’s up and coming in film, music, art, technology and more. Days are filled with attending panels, film screenings and performances alongside unofficial parties held throughout the city. Some of the best unofficial parties for SXSW involve complimentary bites, cocktails and plenty of mixing and mingling with festival guests. Take a look at our guide to the best SXSW parties 2020 for some of the most worthy events happening throughout the festival.

            SXSW 2020 CANCELLED




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            Create & Cultivate Austin Pop-Up – Sunday, March 15th, 2020

            This event from women’s entrepreneurship platform Create & Cultivate will be joining with MasterCard for a day of panels, networking and getting educated on building a business, including a talk from keynote speaker Michelle Pfieffer.




            MashBash 2020: Fave the Planet – Sunday, March 15th, 2020

            The Mashable House is an annual SXSW destination for immersive experiences, now in its eleventh year. The activation takes on a rotating theme, with this year’s topic being “sustainability.” The MashBash closes out the weekend on Sunday night with a bang through live performances and interactive activations, giving it a necessary spot on any SXSW party guide.




            Splash Getaway – March 13th-15th, 2020

            The popular event marketing platform Splash will be holding its own event during this year’s festival. Escape the hustle and bustle of SXSW by attending the Splash Getaway. This weekend of entertainment promises to be a serene destination for relaxing alongside discussions from key players in tech and inspiring activities.

            Cinderblock Block Party – Saturday, March 21st 2020

            Multimedia company Cinderblock will be holding their 4th annual Block Party presented by Corona. Live music is the focus of this event, with performances from a talented lineup of artists along with food and of course Corona beer. VIPs receive an invite to the after party promising a full night of excitement.

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              Check back here for regular updates as more unofficial SXSW parties are announced, with events expected from brands like SnapChat, LinkedIn, Shopify, Verizon, Tito’s Vodka, Lush Cosmetics, Equinox, Bumble and more.

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

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              Best Music Festivals in California

              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 are the best music festivals in California sure to bring you fun in the sun during your next trip.




              Coachella 2020 – Mid-October

              Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

              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.




              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.




              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.

              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.

              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.

              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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                The Live Nation Entertainment Experience

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                The Live Nation Entertainment Experience

                Live Nation is an unparalleled hub of entertainment with venues around the world where attendees can enjoy performances of all varieties. General admission isn’t the only option, as Live Nation Premium Tickets give guests the added touch of prime seating with VIP privileges. No matter where business or pleasure may take you, there’s a Live Nation Entertainment experience sure to enhance your upcoming travels.




                LOS ANGELES

                Hollywood Palladium

                The world-famous Hollywood Palladium boasts an impressive lineup of music and entertainment acts featuring talented artists and energetic DJs in the heart of Hollywood.




                The Wiltern

                The Wiltern is a historic venue that has a classic, elegant design that can seat thousands for music and entertainment performances.




                SAN FRANCISCO

                The Masonic

                Just outside of Downtown SF, The Masonic auditorium plays home to numerous concerts, conventions, and exhibitions all year long.

                Cobbs Comedy Club

                Cobb’s Comedy Club’s 400-seat venue features a full dining menu and bar for guests to enjoy while watching the nation’s most popular comedians take the stage.

                NYC

                Irving Plaza

                With a history of featuring some of the biggest rock music acts in the world, Irving Plaza still holds its place as a stepping stone for hundreds of artists to perform each year.

                Gramercy Theatre

                The Gramercy has something for everyone with both standing room and chair seating for concert goers to enjoy the live musical performances.

                DENVER

                Fillmore Auditorium

                The Fillmore Auditorium is a historical rock & roll venue that draws crowds to see legendary performances in the charming, expansive space.

                PHOENIX

                Ak-Chin Pavilion

                Whether seeing an artist or attending a festival like Warped Tour or Lollapalooza, the Ak-Chin Pavilion hosts numerous events that can host up to 20,000 guests.

                Comerica Theatre

                This classic Downtown Phoenix Comerica Theatre has a state-of-the-art sound system fit for comedy shows, live music, and theater performances.

                HOUSTON

                House of Blues

                This historical venue chain brings a Texan flair with a Sunday Gospel Brunch and one of the exclusive House of Blues Foundation Room VIP members lounge.

                Revention Music Center

                Located in the theater district of Downtown Houston, the Revention Music Center is an indoor theater and the best place to take in a concert or live performance when visiting.

                WASHINGTON DC

                Warner Theatre

                Built for vaudeville in the 1920s, the historical Warner Theater has stood the test of time in drawing in crowds to see the iconic entertainment performances in Downtown DC.

                PHILADELPHIA

                The Fillmore

                Centered near the Convention Center, The Fillmore is an elegant live music club with smaller club The Foundry and bar Ajax Hall located inside to provide a unique experience for each and every guest.

                Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

                This outdoor entertainment venue attracts thousands for festivals and live performances in the one-of-a-kind pier location.

                River Stage at Great Plaza – Penn’s Landing

                With a panoramic view of Philly’s skyline, this outdoor arena is the perfect place to take in a live show or music festival.

                Theatre of the Living Arts

                An adored concert venue, TLA’s intimate space plays host to many up-and-coming artists in the local music scene.

                Tower Theater

                From comedians to rock stars, The Tower Theater has featured an impressive selection of performers that give this venue a reputation for having their finger on the pulse of entertainment.

                Made in America Festival

                This hip hop and independent music festival has an impressive lineup of artists that play for thousands of attendees at a rotating venue each year.

                DELAWARE

                The Queen (Wilmington)

                Originally a hotel in the 1800s, The Queen has become a piece of history that has opened its doors to thousands of concert goers and reputable artists.

                CHARLOTTE

                Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

                This outdoor venue with a view of the Charlotte skyline is a go-to stop to enjoy traditional lawn seating or the VIP private indoor space.

                PNC Music Pavilion

                With a capacity of almost 20,000 guests, PNC Music Pavilion’s large amphitheater is famous for its summer concerts in the University City neighborhood.

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                  Celebrate the Good Life at the Best Nightlife Venues in NYC

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                  New York City Nightlife

                  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 nightlife venues in NYC to make the most out of your nightlife adventure.




                  1OAK NYC

                  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, 1OAK NYC is the original hot spot 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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                  Marquee NY

                  Have a sophisticated nightlife outing at Marquee NY, 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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                  Fleur Room

                  You’ll get a 360-degree view of New York City when you visit Fleur Room, a lounge dotted with floral and botanical accents that transport you to an enchanting rooftop escape. Glamourous design meets a trendy crowd in the hotspot situated at the top of Moxy Chelsea, offering elevated bar bites and craft cocktails.

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                  Vandal New York

                  Vandal is a street style-themed space 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.

                  Avenue New York

                  Head to the Meatpacking District to experience Avenue New York, 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.

                  PHD Lounge at Dream Downtown

                  Experience stunning views of the Manhattan skyline at PHD Lounge, a 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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                  LAVO NYC

                  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 at LAVO NYC gets guests in the mood to party with international DJs stopping by to fill the space with energetic music.

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                  Magic Hour

                  Moxy Times Square is home to bustling rooftop venue Magic Hour, a setting filled with whimsical nightlife experiences. The indoor-outdoor space acts as an “urban amusement park” with dining, cocktails and even Foreplay–a miniature putt putt golf course. This one-of-a-kind lounge is one of NYC’s best destinations for a night out brimming with excitement alongside the glimmer of Times Square.

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                  TAO Downtown

                  Visit TAO Downtown to be swept away by a contemporary, monolithic space. The expansive venue presents a lavish interior along with the brand’s iconic, Asian-fusion menu and specialty cocktails. This multi-level habitat for NYC’s in-crowd whisks guests away to another world filled with ornate decor and enticing dishes for an unforgettable dining experience.

                  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.

                  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.

                  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.

                  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 at PHD Terrace provide something for everyone during your NYC visit.

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                  Up and Down

                  Doubling as a laid back lounge and energetic nightclub, Up and 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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                    Feel the Music at the Coolest Concert Venues in the US

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                    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 coolest concert venues to enjoy a dazzling live show with an impressive atmosphere to match.




                    coolest concert venues in the US

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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.




                    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.   




                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.  

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