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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.

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The NoMad Bar

Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.

 

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Photo: The Nomad Bar

Bemelmans Bar

Step into New York City history at this classic establishment, maintaining its place on the Upper East Side since 1931. Premium cocktail pricing and a cover charge keep an elevated feel to the trendy crowd. Guests mix and mingle surrounded by the bar’s namesake decor of priceless murals by illustrator Ludwig Bemelman.

 

Photo: Bemelmans

Photo: Bemelmans

Clover Club

This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

 

Photo: Clover Club

Photo: Clover Club

Death & Co.

A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

 

Photo: Death & Co.

Photo: Death & Co.

Dear Irving

Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

 

Photo: Dear Irving

Photo: Dear Irving

Maison Premiere

The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

 

 

Photo: Maison Premiere

Photo: Maison Premiere

Pegu Club

Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

 

Photo: Pegu Club

Photo: Pegu Club

Amor y Amargo

Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

 

Photo: Amor y Amargo

Photo: Amor y Amargo

Attaboy

Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

 

Photo: Attaboy

Photo: Attaboy

Bar Goto

From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

 

Photo: Bar Goto

Photo: Bar Goto

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Where to Eat, Drink and Stay for Fashion Week 2019

From New York City to Milan, each fashion week event is known to draw the most stylish guests on the planet to attend designer runway shows featuring up-and-coming trends. Each city sees an influx of celebrities, tastemakers and key players in the industry seeking a fun week of fashion along with experiencing the best of the city. From elegant restaurants to lavish hotels, each fashion week event will bring you a chic experience to remember.

Fashion Week 2019

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New York City: February 8th-16th

Head to the epicenter of fashion in the US for an exciting experience in the city where Fashion Week began over 75 years ago. Once you’ve got your fill of taking in artistic pieces from around the world, head to industry favorite Dante for casual cocktails and small plates in Greenwich Village. The Osprey at 1 Hotel is also a great option with a healthy take on comfort food. The hotel’s rooftop bar, Brooklyn Heights Social Club, acts as the perfect post-dining destination with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. For a more energetic night, 1OAK is the place for popping bottles all night, or get ready to dance at Mailroom where you can blow off some steam in the sleek, ‘50s-inspired space.

 

Photo: New York Fashion Week / Alba Vigaray / EPA

Photo: Brooklyn Heights Social Club

London: February 15th-19th

London has been a fashionable destination for decades and Fashion Week guests are always in for a treat. While in the area, start your day with breakfast at The Wolseley to join the clientele of high profile guests or go to dinner at the classic Chiltern Firehouse for an A-list dining experience. A bevy of esteemed Fashion Week attendees will be sure to stop by the newly re-imagined Annabel’s nightclub for an exclusive members only experience. For a more laid back night out, stop into Quaglino’s for jazz and champagne at the nostalgic hotspot. You can also make your trip worthwhile by staying at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, centrally located in a buzzworthy locale.

 

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Photo: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Milan: February 19th-25th

Fashion Week in Milan is known to be an elegant experience with Europe’s finest style icons visiting the city to enjoy the extravagant affair. If you decide to stay at Bulgari Milano, your stay will surpass expectations as it is known to be the social hub of Fashion Week attendees. The hotel’s newest restaurant Il Ristorante Niko Romito, is a highly-rated option for fine dining, or head to the casual Bar Luce—an eclectic cafe designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. For nightlife, you’ll have to stop by Bar Principe at the Principe di Savoia hotel, known to be a bustling industry hangout during Fashion Week each year.

 

Photo: Milan Fashion Week / Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

Photo: Bulgari Milano

Paris: February 25th- March 5th

Paris has established itself as the fashion capital of the world with the industry exploding in the 19th and 20th Century, bringing forth brands like Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and plenty more. When designers, editors, and models are in town for Paris Fashion Week, the go-to place to stay is Hôtel National, complete with a rooftop bar for mingling with industry insiders. For a chic spot for sushi and cocktails, le Bar des Prés draws in a glamorous clientele during Fashion Week, along with hotspot Chez LouLou, a locale perfect for lunch with a view in the gardens of the Louvre. You’ll want to end your night partying at Le Comptoir Général, an inconspicuous bar that attracts A-listers with its under-the-radar style.

 

Photo: Paris Fashion Week / Daniele Venturelli/WireImage

Photo: Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

New York City: September 5th-13th

Returning to the Big Apple for the kickoff of Fall Fashion Week, there’s even more to explore around the bustling city. Take in the last bit of summer in style at Jimmy at The James Hotel, an inviting rooftop bar with a 360-degree view from its Soho neighborhood. Dine near the action at Le CouCou, a lavish destination for a menu of French classics and sweet desserts. Book your stay at the luxurious Soho Grand to mix and mingle with Fashion Week regulars. The hotel is known for hosting models and designers who party into the morning thanks to DJs spinning in the Club Room, a popular after party destination.

 

Fashion Week

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Soho Grand NYC

Photo: Soho Grand NYC

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10 of the Best NYC Rooftop Bars

There’s no better way to spend the breezy days of summer than by enjoying a cocktail with a rooftop view. Head to New York City to take in the sights and sounds atop one of the city’s many sky-high buildings. Toast to the sunny days of summer as you grab a drink at these go-to NYC rooftop destinations.

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Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel

This stylish garden escape lets you get lost in the lush greenery as you sip your drink in the midst of an abandoned train car. The surrealism of the space lends a magical element that will have you cozying up to enjoy the whimsical rooftop garden party.

 

Photo: Gallow Green

Photo: Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Head to the 15th floor to take in the scene at this Lower East Side spot with a 360-degree view. You’ll come for the drinks but stay for the fish tacos at this eclectic hangout spot perfect for watching the sunset.

 

Photo: Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Photo: Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Fleur Room at Moxy Chelsea

Take the elevator up to the 35th floor to experience Fleur Room in the Moxy Chelsea, a garden escape modeled after the nearby Flower District. You’ll get panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline in this space filled with lush glamour, breathtaking sunsets and guests dancing the night away.

 

Photo: Fleur Room

Photo: Fleur Room

Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square

The Moxy Times Square is home to Magic Hour, New York City’s largest indoor-outdoor year round rooftop bar that’s filled with whimsical decor and even a putt-putt golf course. The amusement park-inspired hotspot brings in DJs for dancing and serves up flavorful drinks all year long.

 

Photo: Magic Hour

Photo: Magic Hour

Le Bain at The Standard High Line

This playful rooftop spot is a prime destination for taking in an unparalleled view of the skyline along with lounging on their playful astroturf terrace. The interior is the perfect place for a dance party with DJs spinning on busy nights and an indoor jacuzzi adding to the fun. Cocktails can be ordered by the pitcher to share with friends in one of the Meatpacking District’s best bars.

 

Photo: Le Bain, Standard High Line

Photo: Le Bain, Standard High Line

Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

With an atrium-style glass enclosure on the panoramic rooftop, Westlight is a quality destination perched at the top of the 22-story, tallest building in Greenpoint. Unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline make the elegant, industrial space worth a visit.

 

Photo: Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

Photo: Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

Harriets Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

In the heart of DUMBO you’ll find Harriet’s, an exclusive venue with an up-close-and-personal view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Lounge amongst the greenery of the industrial chic rooftop while admiring the Manhattan skyline with refined, craft cocktails and appetizing bites.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Lemons at Wythe Hotel

Sunny day crowds love this bright and airy hotspot that boasts one-of-a-kind rooftop views of the East River and Manhattan. Their fruity, signature cocktails will complement the sunset as you mix and mingle with the stylish crowd in a colorful, Mediterranean-inspired habitat.

 

Photo: Lemon’s Wythe Hotel

Photo: Lemon’s Wythe Hotel

Ophelia

The Roaring Twenties are back in action with Ophelia’s speakeasy atmosphere transporting you to a modern version of a vintage feel. Atop the 26th floor, the decadent space puts you inside a jewelry box capping the Midtown East’s historical Beekman Tower.

 

Photo: Ophelia Bar NYC

Photo: Ophelia Bar NYC

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Head to Chinatown to enjoy this modern rooftop bar that offers up unrivaled views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. With a cocktail menu inspired by Asian influences, this intimate hot spot gives you a sip of something tasty at either of their two 21st floor patios.

 

Photo: The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Photo: The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

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The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

One of the hottest nightlife trends in recent years is the resurrection of the secretive speakeasy bar. Made popular during the 1920s prohibition era, hidden craft cocktail lounges are making a comeback all around the U.S. From New York to LA, these intriguing establishments channel the aesthetic of America’s historical 13-year dry spell with contemporary (and legal) takes on the drinking atmosphere. The lack of advertisement and a sign out front means you may need to be ‘in the know’ to know these destinations even exist. So what exactly is going on behind the doors of these modern, covert hot spots?

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Los Angeles

If you’ve spent time out on the town in Los Angeles, you may have heard some buzz about at least one bar under the Houston Hospitality umbrella. Each of their ten speakeasy locations boasts a whimsical theme allowing patrons to step into another place and time. A visit to No Vacancy will take you back to the roaring 20s in a vintage houseparty environment. La Descarga acts as an homage to Havana, Cuba, with impressive performances matching the detailed cultural décor, and an even more secretive cigar room. If the 80s is your preferred era, you can stop by the group’s most recent venture, Break Room 86. With a wall of retro TV sets, fully-functioning arcade games, and karaoke rooms hidden beyond secret doors, the speakeasy concept is brought into the 21st century with a touch of nostalgia. Each location is preceded by a mysterious and theatrical entrance that’s sure to make a lasting impression on your night out.

 

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Chicago

The Windy City is fully-stocked with exclusive underground hot spots for you to duck into during your visit. The Walk In boasts a unique cooler door entrance where a live DJ keeps the vibe flowing on weekend nights. Keep an eye out for Three Dots and a Dash, where you can find an upbeat Tiki bar at the end of an alley. With strong tropical drinks and servers adorned in Hawaiian dresses, you’ll completely forget you’re in the middle of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. You can also head to the nearby Blind Barber, known for its barbershop storefront, to party all night in the secretive lounge hidden away by an unmarked door. For a truly exclusive experience, you can head to Room 13, a members-only speakeasy located beneath The Old Chicago Inn. Complete with an ever-changing password and strict dress code, a membership grants you live jazz music to go along with the 1920s-style craft cocktails.

 

Photo: Three Dots and a Dash

Phoenix

If your travels lead you to Phoenix, you’ll have a number of hidden watering holes to choose from—if you can find them. To get to Honor Amongst Thieves you’ll have to head up a back staircase where a door with a peephole awaits. Knowledgeable bartenders help you choose your evening spirit with guests enjoying the seductive velvet seating. Just outside of Phoenix, you can visit Kazimierz World Wine Bar in downtown Scottsdale. To get a taste of one of the over 1,800 selections from their wine list, your only clue to the entrance is to look out for a sign with the prophetic message, “The Truth Is Inside.”  For a bit of exclusivity, you can head to Phoenix’s former red light district and journey into the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to find Melinda’s Alley. With a maximum capacity of only 45 guests, this cash-only tavern will have you feeling like a lawless VIP in the middle of prohibition.

 

Photo: Honor Amongst Thieves

New York City

New York State, once home to 100,000 of the nation’s speakeasies during the 1920s, has brought the trend full-circle in the 21st century. Tucked behind a coffee shop’s storefront, Bathtub Gin is easy to miss but worth the find to taste the elaborate, Victorian cocktails or take a photo in the copper bathtub decor piece. You’ll receive a dash of insight with your cocktail at Employees Only, a West Village hot spot with a glowing “Psychic” sign out front hinting at its presence. The house psychic will forecast your future as the eclectic food and drink menu keep you satisfied ‘til dawn. To live out a truly authentic night, you can visit former prohibition-operated speakeasy the Back Room. Don’t let the “Lower East Side Toy Company” sign distract you, this bar hides beyond a gate and down a flight of stairs—the original entrance used by law-breaking patrons almost 100 years ago.

 

Photo: Employees Only

Experience a Modern Speakeasy

As this vintage form of nightlife finds a resurgence in the coming years, there are sure to be more unique speakeasy locales showing up on your city’s radar. The concept has even garnered an international appeal with new American-style hideaways popping up in Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam. Whether you’re looking for a seductive night-cap, a unique craft drink, or an energetic dance floor, the endless possibilities for creativity allow the speakeasy concept to thrive. So keep your eyes and ears open the next time you pass by what seems to be a simple barber shop, storage room, or furniture store, because it might just be the doorway to your next favorite hot spot.

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Photo: Houston Hospitality

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Photo: Houston Hospitality

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Photo: Back Room

Where to Get A Spectacular Fireworks View this Fourth of July

Whether you were born in the USA or just visiting for the summer, the Fourth of July is an essential holiday to celebrate across the country. From barbecues to pool parties, the day’s festivities involve merrymaking with friends and family and most importantly, ending the night watching a sky full of fireworks. This popular travel day has a variety of ideal destinations with each offering the perfect view of the sparkling night sky. Take your Independence Day trip to new heights with these great places to watch fireworks on this quintessential summer night.

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New York City

The East River is the source of NYC’s biggest show known as the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear view of the river, you’ll get the full experience with an accompanying music score to put you in the patriotic mood. Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn have the best view with barges also giving Midtown and South Street Seaport a good sightline. Hotels like 1Hotel, The Bowery, The Freehand or The Nomad make for great vantage points, or make the trek to the river to see the 45-minute event up close.

 

Photo: Macy’s 4th of July NYC

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Los Angeles

With the sprawling city offering up a range of events from Marina del Rey to Pasadena, you’ll be sure to find an impressive display no matter your neighborhood of choice. The Hollywood Bowl hosts an annual Fourth of July party with The Go-Go’s being this year’s artist to perform during the celebration. Dodger Stadium will be lit up even brighter than usual with an all-American game to round out your evening. One of the biggest LA events is the Rose Bowl’s Americafest which boasts rides, crafts and tailgating outside the stadium in preparation for the eye-catching show.

 

Photo: Hollywood Bowl 4th of July

Photo: Dodger Stadium 4th of July

San Diego

San Diego makes for a great Fourth of July destination with its perfect weather and beachside locale. Their numerous shows of the night take place in Old Town, Ocean Beach, SeaWorld, and their most popular, the Annual Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show. The largest in the county, this fireworks display lights up the sky from multiple locations along the North Bay. Having four barges placed along the water means you’ll have no problem finding the perfect view with a stay at hotels like Omni, Hotel del Coronado, or Pendry San Diego.

 

Photo: Annual Big Bay Boom San Diego

Photo: Annual Big Bay Boom San Diego

Chicago

Any Chicago resident knows that Navy Pier is the place to go for a fireworks show during the summer. Their 4th of July Aon Summer Fireworks, presented by Miller Lite, is the biggest of the season with a dazzling display over the lake. This unofficial yet fully embraced Independence Day show allows locals and visitors head to Millennium Park to see the explosive festivities up close. For those searching for a rooftop view, bars like Streeterville Social, Apogee, Upstairs at The Gwen or Cindy’s offer up the perfect perspective for the spectacular event.

 

Photo: Navy Pier Chicago 4th of July

Photo: Streeterville Social

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Summer Guide to the Hamptons

One of the hottest annual destinations for an East Coast getaway is The Hamptons, where visitors venture into a luxurious and sophisticated summer vacation. With picturesque seaside resorts, extravagant shopping, and plenty of wining and dining, this East End locale is one of the best places to go to escape the city and enjoy some much-needed R&R. With new, trendy restaurants and activities arriving to the shores each summer, there are a number of ways to keep your Hamptons experience fresh during your lavish summer holiday.

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Southampton

If summer sports excite you, the Southampton Inn will have all your needs met with amenities like shuffleboard, tennis courts, croquet and complimentary bike rentals available for guests. The Inn’s new indoor/outdoor eatery Claude’s is also a great place to grab a delicious bite of their seafood specials in between workouts. The Capri Hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant Oreya will also be a hot spot this summer after recently re-opening with a redesign of the dining room, patio lounge, bar and pool. Night owls can get a taste of the luxurious Hamptons’ nightlife scene at the Southampton Social Club, a restaurant and cocktail lounge where guests come to party alongside live DJ sets and fine dining. Another lively nightclub experience, AM Southampton boasts music lineups with a variety of celebrity guests each weekend.

 

Photo: Oreya

Sag Harbor

Baron’s Cove is the place to be when it comes to booking a sophisticated Sag Harbor stay. Live music is a common occurrence, along with a saltwater pool and a delectable attached surf-and-turf restaurant so that you’ll never have to venture too far for your entertainment needs. You can also try out Marc Rowan’s new lounge, Main Street eatery Lulu Kitchen & Bar, which features a wood burning oven for delicious wood-fired pizzas. Seafood lovers will also appreciate the bistro’s all-you-can-eat mussels option to get in the seaside spirit. The former Meeting House has been revamped into Wölffer Kitchen, a new hot spot featuring enticing dishes like lobster Cobb and tuna tacos, created with locally sourced ingredients. Their extensive wine list is one of a kind, with 60 percent of the selection being from Long Island wineries. Nightlife in Sag Harbor is limited, but for a trendy place to watch the sunset, Beacon’s beer and wine list will satisfy your craving for a refreshing drink.

 

Photo: Baron’s Cove

East Hampton

You’ll feel the fresh and airy ambiance when you book your stay at The Maidstone Hotel, a Scandinavian-inspired destination with a cozy, comfortable style. It wouldn’t be an East Hampton stay without booking a reservation at Nick & Toni’s–the local mainstay that’s been serving up delicious Mediterranean cuisine for decades. Made popular by its Sag Harbor location, Dopo La Spiaggi in East Hampton is also a great option that offers up a vibrant array of signature, Italian flavors. For a change of scenery, you can take a quick trip to nearby Amagansett to visit Hamptons’ classic venue Stephen Talkhouse. You’ll enjoy a laid back night of notable live music acts while mixing and mingling with visitors and locals alike.

 

Photo: Dopo La Spiaggia

Montauk

Book a room at Gurney’s to take indulge in some R&R at this luxurious spa resort where your days will be filled with massages and aromatherapy as you overlook the water. You’ll want to stop in for brunch at South Edison for hearty, local seafood and a delicious raw bar from Chef Todd Mitgang. At the end of Lake Montauk, you’ll be able to watch the sunset from your dinner at The Crow’s Nest–a hot spot that mixes a refined menu with a relaxed, beachside location. Nightlife lovers will have to stop by Ruschmeyer’s, which is filled with locals and visitors enjoying the indoor-outdoor space and partying the night away on a bustling dance floor. For those looking to rub elbows with A-listers, Surf Lodge is a classic celebrity hotspot overlooking Fort Pond. The venue draws in plenty of travelers looking to enjoy their many live music performances and events.

 

Photo: Surf Lodge

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Experience NYC at the Tribeca Film Festival

The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place this year in Tribeca, New York, from April 24th to May 5th. The festival is one of the highest-acclaimed film festivals in the country and will include films by Jared Leto, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie along with 103 other documentaries and indie films. Making it their personal mission to promote equal opportunities for filmmakers of all backgrounds, 40% of this year’s features were directed by women and 29% were directed by people of color. Their exceptional standards make for a festival that recognizes only the highest quality talent in the industry and showcases a diversity of stories to be told. The festival will open on April 24th at the Apollo Theater with Roger Ross Williams’ newest documentary “The Apollo” kicking off the exciting event. Those planning to attend the festival will have a range of places to stay, dine and party during the almost two weeks worth of festivities.

Photo: Tribeca Film Festival / Brooklyn Vegan

 

Hotels

Baccarat Hotel New York

A 5-star experience from start to finish is what you can expect when you stay at the Baccarat Hotel New York. Just a short ride away from the Apollo Theater, the Baccarat is a prime location for festivalgoers to have easy access. Unwind after a long day at their award-winning spa, or head downstairs to the bar and lounge that offers unique cocktails and great views of the city.

 

Photo: Baccarat Hotel Bar

Photo: Baccarat Hotel Spa

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Situated in Downtown Manhattan, the Four Seasons is just a quick trip to Tribeca, giving you plenty of space to enjoy the whole city. The landmark luxury highrise offers guests chic rooms with a wide variety of amenities such as espresso machines, marble countertops and showers, and 24-hour room service.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Downtown NYC

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Downtown NYC

Dining

The Greek

The Greek can be found in the northwestern area of the neighborhood and serves up classic Greek fare in an atmosphere that is both unpretentious and unassuming. The Greek is a Michelin Star-holding restaurant that sticks to classic Grecian cuisine like moussaka and shrimp saganaki.

 

Photo: The Greek Tribeca

Photo: The Greek Tribeca

China Blue

China Blue serves up the highest quality Asian cuisine that you’ll find in the city. This eatery puts modern twists on classic Asian dishes, such as lion’s head meatballs and crispy skin-on eel. The interior design truly channels 1930s Shanghai, with a high-quality ambiance and a feeling of community.

 

Photo: China Blue

Photo: China Blue

Nightlife

Terroir Tribeca

Located in the heart of Tribeca, Terroir offers guests an extensive wine list along with cocktails and a full food menu. Terroir would be the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine after a day of watching films and networking with the festival’s industry attendees.

 

Photo: Terroir Tribeca

Photo: Terroir Tribeca

Belle Reve

A dimly lit bar that serves eclectic and timeless cocktails, Belle Reve is a neighborhood favorite in Tribeca. Their traditional cocktail menu stays consistent throughout the trends of the industry, and that’s often the reason people keep coming back. Their perfectly executed elixirs make for a notable destination while you’re in the neighborhood.

 

Photo: Belle Reve -Jacqueline Raposo

Photo: Belle Reve

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Experience Elegance at NYC’s Most Luxurious Hotels

New York City has a history of helping to define modern fashion, business, and luxury. You’ll have plenty of activities to do and places to see in this bustling metropolis, and a luxury hotel stay will make for an elegant experience during your visit. To help you choose the best of the best during your next trip to the Big Apple, take a look at how to vacation in style at the most luxurious hotels in New York City.

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The St. Regis in New York

Located at the heart of midtown Manhattan, The St. Regis in New York is one of the top-rated hotels in the city, and for good reason. The St. Regis prides itself on their sophisticated setting, friendly staff, great views of the skyline and a large variety of guest amenities. If you’re looking to indulge in a lavish stay, the St. Regis is sure to surpass your expectations.

 

Photo: The St. Regis New York

Photo: The St. Regis New York

Baccarat Hotel New York

Whether you prefer old or new, Paris or New York, you’ll find it all at the Baccarat Hotel New York located right next to Central Park. The hotel, which opened in 2015, includes French and modern-American architecture and design blended together in perfect harmony to create a dreamlike atmosphere.

 

Photo: Baccarat Hotel New York

Photo: Baccarat Hotel New York

The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York has often been referred to as a “cocoon of peace and quiet” among the everyday hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue. With an award-winning spa and health club, a beautiful rooftop terrace and elegant rooms, it’s easy to see why critics rave about this top hotel destination.

 

Photo: The Peninsula New York

Photo: The Peninsula New York

Mandarin Oriental, New York

This Asian-inspired luxury hotel can be found on the 35th floor of the Time Warner building, and offers 244 rooms, each with an incredible view of a different part of the city. The Mandarin Oriental hotel can be described only as luxury in the sky, with high-end accommodations such as Italian linens and an incredible spa. Spanning 14,500 square feet, it includes everything from a lap pool to full body natural spa treatments.

 

Photo: Mandarin Oriental New York

Photo: Mandarin Oriental New York

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz in New York City sits right along the south side of Central Park placing you in the middle of one of the most highly-coveted locations in the city. The views of the park alone are enough to attract most guests, but you’ll also be impressed by this 5-star luxury hotel offering perks like deep-soaking tubs, a wonderfully tasty bistro and a full luxury spa.

 

Photo: The Ritz Carlton New York

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Park Hyatt New York

As a part of the towering One57 building, Park Hyatt New York has views that would put the highrises of Dubai to shame. This hotel brings a whole new meaning to the word luxury with espresso makers in every room and unique furniture and decor. They have embraced the latest in luxury hospitality technology to include televisions in the bathroom mirrors and relaxing rain showers giving you a tranquil break from exploring the city during your Park Hyatt stay.

 

Photo: Park Hyatt New York

Photo: Park Hyatt New York

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

This Midtown East icon of luxury living offers incredible views of the city, guest services that go above and beyond, ample accommodations and much more. The hotel’s prime location means Rockefeller Center and Times Square are just a brief walk away. Fireplaces in each room, a 24-hour gym and spa and full butler service are also perks you can expect when you stay at The Towers.

 

Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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The 10 Best Areas for Shopping in New York City

Shopping is an entertaining way to spend your free time, and New York City is known as the US mecca for fashion. With lavish high fashion boutiques and independently-owned vintage shops all throughout the city, it can be an undertaking to find places that capture your style. If you’re on the hunt to enhance your wardrobe in NYC, head to these shopping destinations for the best places to find your new favorite outfit.

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SoHo

SoHo, or south of Houston St., has blown up recently into an uber-popular destination for style icons and hometown fashion heroes alike. Whether you’re looking for Alexander Wang or Céline, or a small independent vintage shop, SoHo has all the threads you could ever want.

 

Photo: SoHo / iFly Magazine

Photo: Celine SoHo

Nolita

A quick walk north of Little Italy in the Lower East Side will land you in the neighborhood of Nolita, a quaint Manhattan community whose streets are dotted with cute, independently-owned shops. If you’re looking to get away from the mainstream style scene and shop somewhere unique, Nolita is the place to check out.

 

Photo: Nolita

Photo: Nolita

St. Marks Place

Great finds of trendy vintage clothes and handmade jewelry is exactly what you can expect to find in St. Marks Place in the East Village. Right along with small vendors and shops, you can also explore luxury stores to indulge in the neighborhood’s offerings.

 

Photo: St Marks Place

Photo: St. Marks Place

Lafayette Street

If antiques and classic items are your forte then you’ll have to take a walk along Lafayette Street in SoHo and NoHo. It has become extremely popular with collectors and enthusiasts because of its great selection of shops with rare finds. You’re sure to find one-of-a-kind items when you head to this neighborhood favorite.

 

Photo: Lafayette

Photo: Lafayette Street / GVSHP

Bleecker Street

Home of the biggest influx of shoppers in recent years, Bleecker Street is quickly becoming a ‘must’ for shopping in New York. Whether you’re a foodie, a vintage nut, or a high fashion connoisseur, this Greenwich Village go-to has something for everyone.

 

Photo: Bleeker Street

Photo: Bleecker Street

Union Square

If you’re in the mood to spend your day shopping with some friends or a loved one, you should check out Union Square in Manhattan. With long stretches of big name stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in one area, and old record stores and antique jewelry in another, you could spend hours shopping until you drop for a variety of items. If you need a break, check out the famous Union Square Park or any number of artisan eateries in the area.

 

Photo: Union Square

Photo: Union Square / Wikimedia Commons

5th Avenue

Spend a leisurely day at one of NYC’s iconic destinations for retail therapy. Whether you’re aiming for a day at Tiffany’s or indulging in Prada’s purse collection, you’ll always find a variety of luxury goods that are sure to be the cherry on top of your New York experience.

 

Photo: Tiffany & Co. / Fifth Avenue

Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

Park Slope

Brooklyn’s Park Slope has become immortalized for its incredible shopping selection and variety, making this area any serial shopper’s dream. Unique, handmade wares are always offered, along with great vintage clothing, antiques, furniture, and much more.

 

Photo: Park Slope / Loving New York

Photo: Park Slope

Canal Street

If Asian goods are what you’re after, head over to Canal Street in Chinatown. Along with all the herbal and exotic animal shops found along the street, you can also find the Canal Street Market, which opened in 2017. The Market is a 50/50 split between food vendors and New York-based artists and artisans showing off and selling their creations.

 

Photo: Canal Street

Photo: Canal Street

South Street Seaport

Chic malls and hip shops are commonplace in the South Street Seaport area, with places like Pier 17 and Corso Como making a huge name for it. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy and appreciate a unique look, you’ll definitely want to check out some of the hotspots in this area.

 

Photo: South Street Seaport / NYCgo.com

Photo: South Street Seaport Pier 17

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The Top 10 Best Girls Trip Destinations

When you’re in need of a weekend getaway with the girls, deciding on an ideal destination can be quite the task. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beachside stay or a memorable cultural experience, there are cities all across the US that are perfect for bonding with girlfriends in a new environment. Pack your bags for adventure when you visit any of these go-to destinations for the perfect girls’ trip.

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New Orleans

Whether it’s a bachelorette party or just ladies’ day out, New Orleans is known for its exciting culture fit for enjoying with girlfriends. You’ll be channeling the movie Girls Trip by exploring the French Quarter and sipping drinks as you walk along Bourbon Street. Bar hopping and tasting the delicious Cajun restaurants will have your group never wanting to leave.

 

Photo: New Orleans

Photo: Girls Trip

Los Angeles

The City of Angels may just be perfect for your getaway with perfect weather, nearby beaches, and a bevy of options for entertainment and nightlife. Book a table for bottle service at nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy, or grab drinks at one of the energetic speakeasies scattered throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers in this exciting girls’ trip destination.

 

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Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Nashville

Country music lovers know that Nashville is the place to be. Gather the girls to enjoy this city filled with live music venues and talented local performers. Dine at restaurants serving up classic Southern fare and spend the day shopping for vintage finds at East Nashville boutiques.

 

Photo: Nashville

Photo: Nashville

Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but a trip with your closest friends will give you memories that last forever at this classic girls’ trip destination. Stay at one of the impressive hotels along the strip for easy access to the lively landmark. Spend your nights sipping drinks at clubs like XS, Tao and Hyde and your afternoons partying at day clubs like Drais, Encore and Wet Republic.

 

Photo: Las Vegas

Photo: XS Las Vegas

Austin

It doesn’t have to be South by Southwest Festival season for you and the girls to enjoy a trip to Austin, Texas. The mouth-watering barbecue restaurants will have you feasting on ribs while the Tex Mex spots bring a touch of the south to Mexican fare. From boating and paddle boarding to sipping mimosas and exploring art galleries, the diversity of activities in Austin are sure to keep you entertained.

 

Photo: Austin

Photo: Austin

New York City

The City that Never Sleeps will have you up all night taking in the sights and sounds in this lively location. Join the girls to get tickets to a Broadway show and witness talented actors tell iconic stories on stage. Visit the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building for a view of the city’s classic landmarks, or head to Avenue, Lavo or Marquee for a nightlife experience to remember.

 

Photo: New York City

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Sedona

Get in touch with your spiritual self when you take a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Known for its breathtaking rock formations, your environment will be transformed as you take in the beautiful landscape. Whether your group likes hiking, shopping or horseback riding, you’re sure to have a serene experience in this one-of-a-kind destination.

 

Photo: Sedona

Photo: Camille Styles

Miami

You’ll get plenty of sand and sun when you visit the bustling beaches of Miami. Stay at the Penthouse at Faena House for a view to remember and get relaxed with massages at one of the city’s many spa destinations. For nightlife, you can’t go wrong with booking a bottle service table at LIV or Hyde Beach for the full Miami experience.

 

Photo: South Beach

Photo: Tampa Bay Date Night Guide

Napa Valley

Wine lovers will never want to leave this destination that promises quality wines and a scenic landscape. You’ll spend your days sipping the variety of whites and reds, and can take advantage of activities like bike riding or even lifting off in a hot air balloon. Napa’s restaurants are also top of the line with fresh ingredients sourced from the rich soils of the region.

 

Photo: Napa / Zocha Group

Photo: Zocha Group

Charleston

If your girls trip needs to involve fine dining, Charleston may be the place for you. The culinary scene is full of world-renowned chefs who create Southern-inspired cuisine at the city’s many dining destinations. The scenic neighborhoods with charming architecture will be the cherry on top of your adventure along with fun activities like swimming with dolphins along the shores.

 

Photo: Charleston / Kelly in the City

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