Places Tagged Nightlife
Blue Agave has a certain unmistakable charm. While the actual address is Phoenix, it borders the posh Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland areas. While these two places are home to some great nightlife, there are certain nights when getting dolled up and dancing the night away are a bit too high energy to fit the mood. For those low key nights, Blue Agave is perfect.
Excellent food and the signature 'skinny margarita' make this a place to chill out with friends or your man. There are always activities going on and Friday night beer pong is always a hit that draws an interesting and very competitive crowd. A definite must for those lazy nights when you still want to head out of the house but don't feel like an all night party.
The ultimate girl's night out destination is Zinc Bistro. If you have ever wondered what it feels like to be in a Parisian cafe, all you have to do is close your eyes, forget the desert heat and walk right in the door. From the lighting to the decor and even waiters who ocassionaly toss out "Mademoiselle" and "merci," with all that Parisian charm, Zinc Bistro is the real deal. Well, as close as you can get to the real deal without getting on a plane!
This restaurant/bar is a great late night hangout or a hot spot for a date that you want to linger on untill last call or beyond. Excellent signature drinks and a large selection of wine provides the perfect spirits for such a brilliant atmoshpere.
The desert is filled with many things however a sandy waterside beach, not one of them. When the Valley has you feeling a bit landlocked, the Sandbar is a great place to go. The newest location is at the Desert Ridge Marketplace and it didn't take long for it's popularity to spread. The outside is complete with sand (unfortunately no barefeet are allowed) with pools sprinkling the property and a full cabana-vacation feel.
Dancing and awesome Mexican food are a given and the scene is ideal for people watching with the girls. Word from the wise - get there EARLY, this place is so much fun it fills up by 8 pm on the weekends!
The only thing the Scottsdale White House and the Washington D.C. White House may have in common is perhaps a bit of debauchery and scandel behind closed doors! This newcomer to the Old Town scene offers singles and couples alike a great place to kick back, relax and dance the night away.
When you walk in at first, it seems like an impossibly small space to hold a large crowd but as people flow in and the dance floor fills up it feels cozy rather than crowded. With it's close location to popular Dos Gringos it's the perfect late night locale after sipping on margaritas all afternoon. While it has a casual appearance from the oustide, dress to impress - it seems every fashionista in the 85251 zip code comes out to play at the White House.
Wine-lovers, never fear! We have the perfect Portland nightlife spot for you too! Kir is such a cozy spot for enjoying some delicious European wines and small plates over conversation with friends or your boy. Plus, you can make Kir your regular night time spot because they switch out the wine selections on a daily basis and the small plates are reconstructed seasonally, so you'll never get bored. Kir is also a good choice for wrapping up the evening -- stop by after you have dinner at Le Pigeon for a glass and a plate of fresh dessert. A little tip for visiting Kir -- leave your gaggle of girlfriends behind -- this is really a spot for an intimate party of four or less.
Located on the Phoenix/Scottsdale border, The Compound Grill always has something going on. The ultimate hippie hangout (or for the more preppy hippie-at-heart) you will hear cover bands, local performers, open mic nights and a variety of shows that will entertain you. Created by the founders of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, this bar has the same kind of chill vibe. It's the type of place that inspires good conversation, lots of laughs and plenty of entertainment.
The Ghost Lounge combines modern elegance with the luxury of days past. This bar/club is just the spot to head if you are in the historic downtown Phoenix area. With so many new buidlings popping up all over the desert, it's rare to find a place with so much history. The Ghost Lounge is located in the Hotel San Carlos which has been around since 1928. It was once a famous hangout for Hollywood's elite and now some believe even those who have left the bright lights of the entertainment industry are still hanging out in this hot spot, hence the name Ghost Lounge. A great place to dance the night away and tell a spooky story or two!
If sushi is what you crave (or even just a great martini), Sapporo is one of the hottest spots in Scottsdale. Once 5 pm hits Sapporo fills up fast. Mix, mingle and get some great sushi and drink specials during happy hour. Rolls, nigiri and shashimi are all on this limited menu and make for some great sharing appetizers or even a light meal.
If you want to make a whole night of it, the Teppan Yaki is a great group event. These chefs know how to put on a show so expect to be impressed. Oh and it's an added bonus if you are good at catching food in your mouth!
This is the ultimate "pretty person" bar to be seen in Scottsdale. New to the Scottsdale Quarter, Narcisse is a great place to bring your gal pals and have a night out on the town. It's also a great place to go for a mid-afternoon snack or light lunch. You can have a full-tea or a tea infused drink or one of the many champagne cocktails. Narcisse transitions for a quiet and calming day-time atmosphere to a party-all-night bar when the sun goes down. On the weekends you may even be able to convince your man to come along since scantely clad go-go dancers are a nighttime special!
Bowling has never looked this sophisticated! This is one of the best places to go when you feel like a night out on the town but want to avoid the normal bar scene. Feeling more like a posh restaurant than a bowling alley, Lucky Strike offers great drinks, tasty food and of course bowling. This is a great place to have a ladies night or a really fun date spot. Make sure if you go on the weekends that you get there early because lanes fill up fast!
Hipster-chicks, grab your fake glasses and flannel shirts -- Portland's Someday Lounge is the nightlife hotspot you've been looking for! This artsy lounge with an uber chic interior is located in the Chinatown area of Portland, right next to the MAX, so you can leave your hybrid at home. The entertainment at Someday varies -- they play host to some popular indie bands (while keeping tickets cheap -- usually around $10) and also often have art instillation shows on display. If you're going to catch a show, the stage is pretty big, but the best seat of the house is from the comfy lounge area upstairs. Girls -- this is not the place to go if you're on the hunt for clean cut boys -- the crowd here is a bit funkier.
Before you start thinking bowling alleys are for old fogeys and blue-haired ladies, think again. This casual Uptown spot is perfect for a crowd for birthday celebrations, meeting a friend for a "let's catch up" dinner or casual bowling. There is also a laid back thea-ta that presents a range off-the-wall comedies and thought provoking plays. One of the best deals in town is Bryant Lake Bowl's Cheap Date night. On Mondays from 6 pm to 12 am, you get two entrees, a bottle of wine or a few beers and one round of bowling for just $28 a couple. And as we all know, sometimes the better half of your couple can be your best girlfriend or buddy! No judgment here from this lively joint that offers daily traditional and late-night happy hours, promotes local craft beers and has been a part of the Uptown neighborhood for years.
Somehow downtown Phoenix has the reputation for dying out once 5 p.m. hits, but as commuters head home to different parts of the Valley, Hanny's begins filling up fast. Known for the specialty "last chance for romance" midnight martinis and funky decor, Hanny's was once a well-known department store which opened in 1947 and until the store closed in 1987, it was the pinnacle location for sophisticated men's fashion. Today that historic charm is still completely alive with a pleasantly eerie feeling from the past around every turn.
The statute you will see as you walk in, definitely requires a second look.
The upstairs has a private room and is also where the restrooms are located. You walk down a a very Alice-in-Wonderland hallway only to find doors to the left, the right and in front of you. After being upstairs for a minute or two you'll be craving the company of your girls and a second drink.
Chinatown always gives Times Square competition in the crowd department, but if you can resist those cravings for homemade dumplings and get past hazy streets, then you're in for a major surprise. Fontana’s may resemble a gritty punk rocker’s bar, but it’s actually a laidback Lower East Side lounge where fashionistas and their rock star boy toys like to wind down and live it up. Greet the bouncers and pay no cover to enter Fontana’s, a surprisingly giant venue where you can drink, dance, watch sizzling hot retro flicks...and do it all over again. Score a leather booth for your posse or party with the DJ as he spins old school favorites, a la Ramones and Iggy Pop. In addition to tropical dance fests, local bands perform live for around 10 bucks, a major steal in Manhattan. Music lovers, what are you waiting for? Start your Saturday night now.
Where else can you mingle with supermodels at Manhattan’s Fashion District? Katwalk, of course! This ultra chic “events space” is a sleek and sexy lounge, making it a perfect setting for a girl’s night out on the town. Dimly lit by candlelight and towering plasma screens playing live fashion shows from around the world, Katwalk is a cover girl’s paradise, a home away from the runway. From Monday through Wednesday, Katwalk features an open bar, as well as drink specials made just for the ladies. After ordering bottle service for your girlfriends, show off your electrifying moves on the dance floors as DJ’s spin everything from ‘80s rock to hip-hop. Even if you don’t look like a model, you can get lucky at Katwalk all for just wearing your finest couture and grooving with the girls.
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.
Anyone who is a part of the glitterati scene knows that Ibiza is the ultimate party destination. Fortunately, you don’t need to leave the island. Pacha New York is a 30,000 square foot venue that’s split into four levels, each with its own unique décor. In other words, it’s like checking out four nightclubs for the price of one. Pacha is also famous for its European-style speaker system and powerful lighting, creating a dance ‘til you drop experience that no other nightclub within the five boroughs dares to master. Aside from its supermodel crowd and luxurious VIP tables that feature signature shots, private cabbanas, and “shower dancers,” Pacha brings in some of the top DJ’s from around the world. Trust us, you won’t feel blue over missing out on that trip to Ibiza.
This Parisian favorite has two locations in New York City, but we’ve found the Gramercy spot to be a more welcoming change of pace from too-hectic Midtown streets. Flute Bar is the ultimate getaway for bubbly lovers, as this premier champagne lounge and bar is all about serving the finest French wine. Flute Bar shines with bright lights resembling twinkling bubbles. Couples can be spotted behind curtain “nooks,” but groups can gab on plush, velvety couches while savoring various types of champagne and sweet treats. If you can’t make up your mind on which sparkling wine to try, Flute Bar’s experts and mixologists are on hand to help you make the right choice of the night with ease. Drink and dine by candlelight or hear live jazz on Wednesday nights. Socialites will want to come by on weekends to check out live DJs and fresh beats. In short, if you adore champagne, then you must be seen at Flute Bar!
Mouthwatering Mexican cuisine is always popular among hungry night owls, but if you can’t find your favorite taco truck after hitting the dance floor at the club, head straight to the your new favorite Latin restaurant. Los Feliz on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a taqueria/tequileria that stays openuntil 5AM. Talk about late night munchies! Aside from its cozy romantic décor that has been described as having the “splendor, romance, and revolution of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel,” Los Feliz also boasts more than 150 tequilas and mezcals. Mexican Chef Julieta Ballesteros prides in serving tasty Latin dishes, including sizzling skirt steak, crispy sea bass tacos, and creamy tres leches cake soaked in dulce de leche. No wonder everyone leaves Los Feliz with a smile.
Martinis and manicures, who could resist both? Nothing screams “girl’s night out” quite like this “saloon,” also known as Beauty Bar on Manhattan’s East Village. Ladies can unite under chrome-dome hair dryers and sip on stiff drinks, all while getting their nails done. For $10, we dare you find an equally irresistible deal on a Saturday night. And while Beauty Bar NYC is a salon meets watering hole for gals, you can also discover the perfect weekend soundtrack on any given night. Beauty Bar NYC hosts daily events, including “Wave Not Wave,” for glam rockers, “Soulshaker Dancestravaganza,” as well as pinup classes taught by burlesque star Bettina May. Get gorgeous and then break a sweat on the dance floor at the same place.