Before FUR’s venue even allowed me to get excited that there was a night club worthy of NYC or Miami, their website’s venue had a very insistent attitude, as though the high-class social center had a lot of difficulty convincing skeptical D.C. natives to attend. Apparently the people who live in D.C. are far from believing that such a city could have such a swanky social center because FUR feels obligated to list their many amenities for people to think “Well then, I suppose it is possible for D.C. to have fun nightclub.” I realize this is regular conduct for nightclub websites, but the tone it was written in just made me feel as though FUR had trouble getting people to come to their club.
Cirque du Soleil celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2009. An astounding and original group of performing artists since 1984, Cirque has dropped the jaws of over 90 million spectators since its formation in Quebec.
A true entertainment spectacular, Cirque has trapeze artists, world class gymnasts, singers, dancers, and those with special talents that would only be found in a traveling circus (fire breathers, anyone?). Performances that demonstrate such skill and extravagance fit in just fine in Las Vegas (although Cirque has been enjoyed in 200 countries).
Waiters at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa’s new restaurant, Yard House, may take some time in answering the common customer query: “What do you have on tap?”
Yard House, which opened June 5, boasts 130 hand taps at the bar pouring everything from Budweiser to Lindeman’s Frambois. The menu is as good as American grilled food gets with burgers, sandwiches, and a seafood menu. The waitstaff is prepared to pair any menu item with one of their exceptional brews. As for ambiance, the house music is 100% classic rock ‘n’ roll, and the main restaurant opens up into an outdoor patio lounge.
Ever been in a poker game that just wouldn’t end? Well that’s a dream nearly come true for The Unabomber, professional poker player Phil Laak.
This weekend, Irish poker pro Laak played more than 105 consecutive hours of no limit Texas hold ‘em at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Surviving on chicken, broccoli, rice, and hourly five-minute breaks, Laak played to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for terminally ill children. He kept a chart near him the whole time graphing how his chip stack was growing and shrinking throughout the grueling streak.
Beneath the Hotel Marcel at Gramercy, lays the icy, chilled, Polar Lounge.
The arctic hideaway has both a North Pole inspired main area along with private intimate caves if you're in the mood for some extra VIP treatment.
About four months ago, Polar opened its igloo to fashion events, media mixers and after parties in addition to celebrities including Miranda Kerr, Alicia Keys,Orlando Bloom, Swizz Beatz, and Alexa Ray Joel.
Matt Levine and his Brandsway Creative Team, who have their hand in hot spots like the Eldridge, Levant East at The Hotel On Rivington, and The Boathouse in East Hampton, are using their magic to turn Polar Lounge into another exclusive NYC lounge. So far, it appears to be working.
I believe it is safe to say that Polar Lounge is heating up or in this case, it's "melting."
If you're interested in checking out the latest in nightlife this weekend, look no further than Pink Room on Washington Avenue in South Beach. The nightclub is 4,300 square feet of luxurious sound and light, and features a 23 x 14 foot LED jumbo screen as well as a cutting-edge sound system, and podiums and runways for dancers,
Pink Room is a nightclub with a conscious as well. The club was designed by Wick Architecture and Design and is Miami's first eco-friendly spot for nightlife. They've also sponsored with breast cancer research charity Susan Komen For The Cure South Florida (think Pink Room meets pink ribbons) in a promotion where half the price of a rotating "Pink Drink With A Cause" goes to breast cancer research. This way you can feel good about yourself, even if your liver doesn't return the sentiment.
Friday already? That's right, you've got to love those short weeks following a holiday. And while this first Friday after Memorial Day signifies a lot (including the inaugural summer Friday here at the Joonbug office. Leaving at 3? You know I am.) it also means the start of summer. So grab that tanning oil, (not too much, this isn't Jersey) mix yourself a drink, and get ready for the beginning of what promises to be an excellent summer.
What to Do
Amidst a number of options for this weekend, I'm going to recommend heading downtown to The Vagabond. It won't be your typical Miami glitz and neon scene, but they are bringing in noted DJ Lee Burridge (you know he's good if he has his own Wikipedia page) on Saturday night. Burridge spent nine years in DJ Magazine's Top 100 list including 2002 when he was listed as the #9 DJ in the world. Tickets are only $10, you can get them in advance here.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash will play The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino tonight, June 4. The Joint turns 15 this year and the venue echoes with the voices of rock gods like The Rolling Stones, Muse, and Blink 182.
Since its opening in 1995, The Joint has had one main purpose: to make Vegas a bona-fide tour stop for rock bands. Vegas was and is the entertainment capital of the world, but there were no venues exclusively for rock ‘n’ roll acts. Who better to remedy that than the Hard Rock? Building The Joint was step one. Classic rock legends The Eagles took care of the rest when they debuted on the venue’s opening night. From 1995 to 2009 The Joint showcased Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Stone Temple Pilots, and hundreds of other rockers passing through Vegas.
Website AskMen.com has released a list of the top 10 nightclubs in the world, and two popular Miami spots have earned a spot on the list.
Wall Lounge at the W Hotel checked in at #7 with the AskMen citing the club's ownership and emphasis on table-holders.
The #1 rated club was the New York City, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room.
Derek and Daniel Koch delivered on their promise to bring the old Pink Elephant to East Hampton Point Marina and Yacht Club, expanding their following and creating a new era of Hamptons partying. Chef Craig Atwood prepared a gourmet fare fit for royalty. And we all know, the Hamptons crowd are New York royalty.
At Casey's Westhampton Beach, beachgoers sipped princely cocktails to the sounds of Ali King while the crowd down on Montauk held some of the season's most notable yacht parties. Stay close to Joonbug to find out the best of the Hamptons' nightlife all through the summer.