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20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar

This wine bar offers an impressive selection of more than 300 wines by the bottle and 60 wines by the glass. Their trendy, urban atmosphere is perfect for wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Their "Road Trip" flights feature three tastes of wine grouped by region, varietal or style. It's the perfect way to try new wines without spending a bundle. Each flight comes with tasting notes, dubbed "Itineraries," for you to review while sipping. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and eager to please. The food is pretty good too -- ranging from seared salmon to pizza. The low lighting and beautiful decor are a plus, and the spectacular chandelier created from wine glasses is a sight to behold. Whether you are looking for a romantic first date restaurant or a place to meet up with friends, 20nine is a fabulous choice.


230 Fifth

You simply cannot experience nightlife in New York City without attending a rooftop bar, so why settle for less? 230 Fifth, undoubtedly the most popular rooftop of them all, is one you must visit at least once in your life. And don’t worry, 230 Fifth is open year round! 230 Fifth is the largest rooftop garden bar and enclosed penthouse lounge where, on a busy day, hosts over 3,000 patrons. Aside from its swanky ‘40s ruby décor, 230 Fifth also provides guests panorama views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as “head-in” views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, all with the Statue of Liberty not too far off in the distance. We recommend that you sign up for their mailing list to learn of upcoming events at this intimate hot spot. Of course, you can always just make a grand appearance at Saturday brunch. More importantly, make sure you visit at night for VIP access of what New York City is really all about at night.

24 Hour Fitness

Smack dab in Honolulu, there lives a large gym open 24-hours, dubbed, appropriately enough, 24 Hour Fitness Kapiolani Branch.  A girl may be in the minority when lifting on the two floors of weight machines, but stray downstairs to the sea of cardio equipment or take a Zumba class to assure yourself that girls rule the world.  Park in the garage for $1, drop $3 to leave the tykes in the Kids’ Club, drop coins in the lockers, then go to town in the full size basketball court, racquetball court, sauna, aerobics room and more. This club may be due for renovation, but it has all the essential fixings.

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa

Downtown Mesa’s 2nd Friday Night Out is a merchant-coordinated street fair that’s all about great shopping, dining, and entertainment. It’s held once a month from 6 to 10 p.m. with plenty of action outside along Main Street, too, thanks to nearly 70 vendor booths of local arts and crafts. Many of the restaurants host live outdoor cooking demonstrations and there are contests that you can enter to win goods like a brand new Axl Mayhem guitar. Phoenix bands and solo musicians line the streets and you’ll hear everything from bluegrass to classic rock. 2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa is a pet-friendly event, too.

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2nd Street Festival

In it’s 24th year in 2012, on the first full weekend in October, nearly 50,000 visitors come together to share live music, including Jazz, R&B, and Gospel, children’s activities, antique car shows, street vendors, and food. 2nd Street was historically the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community in the Jackson Ward neighborhood—one currently in transition. Many new restaurants and other attractions have recently opened there, including the newly renovated historic Hippodrome Theater, where Ella Fitzgerald, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Duke Ellington once performed. Admission is free.

3 Crow Bar

You wouldn’t know it from the front, but on warm nights, much of the action at 3 Crow happens on their back deck—a spacious enclosure with tables and benches, clusters of friendly drinkers, and entertainment options like a horseshoe pit. It’s common to see dogs socializing both inside and outside. The bar is a staple of East Nashville social life, with generous-size drinks and two-for-one specials on Wednesdays and Sundays. Their bar food, like pizza and turkey reubens, is cheap and good. If your canine companion is in the mood for a bar crawl, you can walk a block to Red Door, which also has a porch.

3 Doors Down Cafe

Everyone dreams of having that great little neighborhood spot where you can sit in the bar at happy hour without having to fight for a place to sit, enjoy a good glass of wine and some delicious food and not feel rushed. 3 Doors Down Cafe is that place in Portland. It's still a bit of a hidden gem but will quickly become one of your favorites, especially for their impressive happy hour prices and romantic ambiance. 3DD, as it's known to regulars, is a great choice for hosting out of town guests who want to see what Portland dining is all about. Be sure to order some of the white bean spread!

3 Little Birds Salon

It doesn't matter what type of hair you have or how style-challenged you are, the stylists at 3 Little Birds Salon will leave you feeling gorgeous. This Uptown salon is hip without being pretentious. Their service menu is varied and includes feather exentions, waxing, hot shaves and paraffin hand treatments. If you have (or want) dreadlocks, 3 Little Birds offers dread maintainence, dread extentions, even dread perms! Overall, this salon is just refreshing. Although the stylists take their jobs seriously, they definitely don't take themselves too seriously, which means getting beautified is actually fun.

300 Atlanta

Half bowling alley, half nightclub, but 100% fun, 300 Atlanta is the place to go if you want the best of both worlds. The decor is a bit dressed up from a typical bowling alley, and the food and drinks are a world above nachos and beer. Have a drink and a meal - on real plates - while a DJ spins during Xtreme Bowling on Friday nights. Dance and bowl while music videos play on the big screens and mood lighting flashes throughout the room. 300 Atlanta isn't a bowling alley, it's a bowling palace. Be prepared to pay a little more than a typical bowling alley and expect a slight wait on weekends.

30th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza

Take your main squeeze to the 30th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza in Grapevine this Fourth of July. Soaring through the air over the picturesque Lake Grapevine, this glorious display is a favorite of Grapevine locals. The event can be viewed from any lakeside location in addition to other places within a short distance of the show. While some parks along the lake may charge a small fee for admission, most spots are free. If you want a preview, you can hop over to the city’s website to download or listen to the music they’ll be using this year.

If you’re a local, you may even know that perfect romantic spot to cuddle in private while you make some fireworks of your own...