The scene is joie de vivre at its finest: a sophisticated crowd feasts on caviar, duck pastrami sliders, and classic cocktails like the French 75 served in–what else?–the brand’s crystal glassware.

1 Hotel South Beach, Miami

Richard Branson’s utilitarian-chic style and cheeky humor are on full display at the Commons Club at Virgin Hotel Chicago. The soaring stainless steel bar has splashy red-and-white panels and serves playful drinks like the Dirty Pretty Lover (bourbon, quince, raspberry and Moët). Starwood founder Barry Sternlicht spent $500 million refashioning the landmark Art Deco building, which formerly housed the Gansevoort Hotel, into a model of sustainability: living walls, wooden ceilings reclaimed from Alaskan water towers, and a fleet of chauffeured Teslas. Bonus: the hotel’s stone terrace will open just in time for summer.

Who can resist the allure of a hotel bar? The mood lighting, the people-watching, and of course, the cocktails, which keep getting better and better. Yoga classes and outdoor workouts will rule the morning; come night, the space will transform into a social hub serving local microbrews and a projector showing classic films.

. debut? The cult boutique hotel chain from the Trigano family (of Club Med fame) will be remade with a laidback SoCal touch–and the action will be at the rooftop gym and bar. There are plenty of places to chill, from the Shag Room, outfitted with half-moon shaped couches and velvet curtains, to the Funny Library, where shelves are lined with vintage tchotchkes and card games, to the rooftop bar with eye-popping views of the Loop and a menu of boozy teas. Underneath rose-tinted Baccarat chandeliers, there’s a 60-foot natural-wood bar and 18th-century art sourced from Parisian vintage markets cover the walls. gives you the rundown of the latest and greatest around the globe, from NYC to Berlin.

The trio behind the Experimental Cocktail Club’s global success recently opened the nightlife-focused Le Grande Pigalle in the city’s fast-gentrifying SoPi neighborhood. Expect a pool party vibe, with private cabanas, bottles of rosé, and a DJ spinning Ibiza-style beats.

What better place than Hollywood for Paris-based Mama Shelter to make its U.S. The hotel’s dimly lit cocktail bar echoes ECC’s signature vintage aesthetic (mahogany furniture, geometric-print wallpaper) and draws the Bobo (bourgeois plus bohemian, get it?) tribe with tipples like the Panamerican Clipper, made of apple brandy, homemade red fruit syrup, lemon juice and absinthe.



The South Beach glam set has a new place to bronze and clink champagne flutes–the rooftop terrace at the eco-chic 1 Hotel South Beach. The details here make all the difference: free Wi-Fi, ubiquitous charging outlets, and, for guests, two cocktails on the house from 6-7 p.m.



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