Yes, this is the place where everybody knows your name! Ok, maybe that’s only true on the mega-hit television show Cheers, but this Cheers is the Boston bar that started it all. Staying true as the show’s inspiration, the real Cheers offers a fully stocked bar and generous meal portions. The menu also pays homage to the cast with eNORMous Burgers, Sam’s Starters and Frasier’s Favorites.
Cheers is a Boston landmark that is as feel-good as your own neighborhood bar. Check out the website at cheersboston.com.
BOND just may be the hottest place to grab a cool drink in Boston’s Financial District. Located inside The Langham Hotel, this grand dame encompasses an impressive bar with dramatically high ceilings in a room filled with enormous, countless chandeliers. Boston’s most beautiful club is also filled with some of its most sophisticated people.
Once part of the Federal Reserve Bank, the former Julien restaurant was transformed last year into a hip setting for cosmopolitan dining and drinking. Cocktails such as The Trust, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie & Clyde and Butch Cassidy reflect the storied history of the building.
BOND is a high-end lounge that acts like a nightclub: bottle service is almost mandatory to skip the massive line that curves its way through the hotel’s lobby. A stylish well-heeled 20-something crowd comes here late night to dance and party to the DJ spinning tunes on the balcony, while an after-work 30-plus group can be seen sipping bubbly in the Dom Perignon Lounge or relaxing with a glass of Riesling while noshing on a crock of lobster pot pie or ahi tuna tataki and tartar.
Grab a reservation or make sure to get in early as BOND is one of the most upscale and sought after nightlife destinations in Boston. Check out the website at bondboston.com.
For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!
On the 35th Floor of the magnificent Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the MObar offers an intimate atmosphere for drinks and light dishes, along with some killer glimpses of the hotels’ slick, urban surroundings. In addition to having 20 wines by the glass, the bar serves a variety of cocktails, some of which are blended with house infused liquors. Stop by Mobar and enjoy a unique experience in the heart of New York City.
A pet lover’s paradise, George, stocks toys, treats, and clothing for mutts, cats, and all manner of other house hold animals. Pooches who like to look spiffy will go bonkers for the incredible inventory: sweaters, sherpa matresses, ID tags, quilts, carry cases, and collars are just a few of the wares.
Musicians from the world of pop, rock and electronica all find their home in a seemingly unconventional setting: A vintage opera house that can holds up to 3,000. Hidden by a conventional midtown office-building, you would never know that some of the most significant groups of our time have orchestrated blow-out events, making the Hammerstein anything but an ordinary music venue in Manhattan. The ballroom opened in 1906 as a classical opera house. Then in 1910 it turned into a variety show house… followed by a conversion into a movie palace. During the Depression, it became a Freemason’s temple, and was then abandoned in the 70’s. Now, the Hammerstein is seat-free, allowing mobs in for general admission seating/standing.
This classy and fairly priced restaurant is one of the few places you can still smoke in New York. Downstairs from their dining room, Merchants NY Cigar Bar features a ventilated cigar bar, which serves top shelf cigars and spirits. This lounge-like eatery is dimly lit, has two fireplaces, four different dining areas, an impressive drink menu and two bars. It’s a perfect place to go on a date, catch up with friends, or treat the family. Mention Citybuzz and get a free gift!
When their saying is “Home of the doner kebab,” you know they must be doing something right.
Thanks to two college students that dreamed of distributing the classic and fresh food to the streets of Los Angeles, Spitz became a getaway for those craving the Spanish food but couldn’t seem to get away to Madrid in time to get it. With two locations offering dishes such as “The Chicken Doner” where you are encouraged to pick a bread, style and sauce to accompany the chicken and other vegetables offered with the dish, people seem to be craving kebab more than ever.
Along with the classic doner meals, Spitz offers wraps and salads for those craving the kebab with fewer calories. Though the food is definitely all the rage at Spitz, the clever college men included a full bar and even a happy hour full of hummus strips and sangria to bring back an element of college life.
Though spit comes from the device in which the meat is cooked vertically, patrons and kebab lovers do anything but spit out anything Spitz is serving.
Club Mayan, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is one of L.A.’s only historical and cultural remnants left in the area. Featuring live music and a dance club, Club Mayan encourages all visitors to let loose in their three leveled escape.
The multi-level club seems like it belongs in a Hawaiian paradise rather than on the streets of Downtown. Reopened in the 90s, Club Mayan not only reinvented their décor but also their vibe. Encouraging L.A. hipsters to dance the night away on Friday Sound Machine nights and bring their own leis on Tropical Saturdays, the club seems to be the only place left in this city where each level feels like a different getaway.
The perks of having such a historical hangout in Los Angeles are invitations to new musical acts and themed nights for the dress up fanatics anxiously waiting for Halloween. With varying cover charges and a relatively strict dress code, Club Mayan is a great birthday celebratory spot allowing you to create your own guest list as they treat you like a King or Queen.
If you are looking to come on a particular night, make sure to consistently check the events calendar on the club’s website. But if none of the names look recognizable on the calendar, just make sure to come on either a Friday or Saturday when the music is loud and the energy is on.
If you are looking to laugh your ass off in the home of true comedic hilarity, look not further than The Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard.
When passing the painted black building with red drapery, you might think that this is just another comedy house on comedy house row. Though some say the interior and exterior is nothing to rave about, everyone will agree that the comedians who grace the stages should truly never be missed.
Featuring three rooms for comedians to perform seven days a week, The Comedy Store is not only famous for being around for so long but for also having handfuls of comedians and celebrities constantly hitting the stage. Celebs like Dave Letterman and Eddie Murphy are just two of an extraordinary amount of talent that have performed at the Store and with a two drink minimum, you’ll probably laugh even more than you though you would.
Even though you are supposed to let loose at the store, there are few pointers to follow to play smartly. If you plan on buying tickets at the door, opt for buying them online to avoid herds of people who figured they would do the same thing. And if you show up without knowing who will be performing, head to the “original room” where people rant the funniest comedians perform.
When the lines are too long and the crowd top big, you don’t have to head home. You can always go to their sister store in La Jolla, if you are willing to drive a few extra miles for a few extra laughs.
Now showing off Broadway, Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it’s appropriate for kids. We’ll try to clear that up. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It’s hard to say what exact age is right and parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this: If you do bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool.
The Wizard of Oz is as passé as Dorothy whining and keeping someone else’s ruby slippers. The Broadway Musical Wicked takes the audience back, way before Dorothy, to the building relationship between magic boarding school roommates, Wicked Witch of the West aka Elphaba and Glinda later named the Good Witch. It is a story of popularity, love and a very unlikely friendship. Wicked breaks down everything the audience thinks they know about the Wicked Witch of the West and makes them fall in love with Elphaba.
The unforgettable music of Stephen Schwartz and choreography by Wayne Cilento led Wicked to 3 Tony wins and 10 Tony nominations. Other awards include industry elite Drama League, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Wicked is family friendly yet movingly magical for all ages.
The Fox Theatre is one of the world’s greatest venues for film and the performing arts. When it opened in the 1920’s, it was described as an outlandish, opulent and grandiose monument to excess. The Atlanta Journal description was a kinder picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination.
A mosque like structure, complete with minorities, onion domes and an interior décor of Egyptian grandeur, seated 4,000 people. The interior restored lovingly by the people of Atlanta is a masterpiece. Complete with an indoor Arabian court, it has a sky of flickering stars, spectacular striped canopy overhanging the balconies. The Fox reigns today as a fiercely protected landmark and internationally acclaimed theatre, celebrating more than half a century of film and theatrical productions.
From summer film festivals to Broadway shows, the Fox still generates millions of dollars to the Atlanta economy. You can tour the Fox on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am and Saturdays at 10 and 11am.