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Gillian Welch and the Good Vibes Tour hits the stage. Or, check out a party happening Highline Ballroom and a film under the stars.

Summer Fun At The MCA Denver!


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.

MCA Denver is a non-collecting institution acting as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange, and dialogue. In 2007, eleven years after its founding, the museum opened a new David Adjaye-designed building in Lower Downtown Denver. MCA Denver presents exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, as well as offering ongoing public programs that explore the relationship between art and contemporary life. MCA Denver has a robust youth program, with a focus on teens.

The MCA has a fun Summer Camp With Adult Drinks program running through August with Bartender-in-Residence on Wednesday Nights
from 5–9PM where Denver’s top bartenders drop by to counsel campers on the art and craft of a tasty cocktail. Each beverage counselor will create signature drinks on the outdoor rooftop bar on Wednesday evenings from 5–9PM. During June the Beverage Counselor is from Steubens. In July, the Beverage Counselor is from The Kitchen, and in August, the Beverage Counselor is from Coohills.

Also, on Thursday nights, The MCA hosts “Mixed Taste”, Tag-team lectures on unrelated subjects, such as Sinkholes & Wormholes or Draft Beer & Draft Urbanism. The Mixed Taste series runs until August 29, 2013. Visit mcadenver.org for more information.


In the heart of River North, hidden behind large unmarked doors at 111 W. Kinzie, lies a restaurant and lounge like no other. Untitled invites you on a journey of discovery and surprise on many levels. Come experience intimate spaces and grand see-and-be seen rooms. Craft cocktails, beer and wine and bubbly from around the world complement Chef Joseph Heppe’s delicious yet approachable cuisine. Untitled pays homage to the vibrancy of supper club and speakeasy establishments of the Prohibition Era. The food, drink and entertainment you find at Untitled entices you to have a taste, tap your feet and wet your whistle.


The Publican

Featuring pork and fish/seafood preparations, the menu is best described by Kahan and Huston as “pristine product, simply prepared,” an approach to food Kahan has long espoused in all of his kitchens. The Publican boasts the simplest cuisine of all three properties, each dish stripped of adornment and containing only essential ingredients. The menu is presented in sections: Fish, Meat and Vegetables, each laid out from lightest to heaviest fare.

Pristinely fresh oysters, hand-selected for the restaurant from purveyors with whom the culinary team has formed partnerships over the past year, anchor the fish portion of the menu. From classic Belgian-style mussels to seafood stew to wood-roasted whole fish, the seafood is simple and straightforward yet eclectic in presentation.

Meat dishes center upon pork, all certified organic and sourced from Dyersville, Iowa. Anchored by a wide selection of housemade terrines and charcuteries, the menu changes daily to reflect the seasonal availability of products. Other hearty dishes, again, presented simply and stripped of adornment, include such seasonal items as black and white sausage, steak tartare, pork shoulder and pot-au-feu. Kahan and Huston plan to make the wood-roasted chicken a signature, “… with the best frites in town,” boasts Kahan.

A selection of vegetables rounds out the menu, including such seasonal items as daily aïoli, roasted broccoli, pine nuts and Italian buratta and cauliflower sformato with Marcona almond romesco.

Strong architectural lines dominate the space, which is large, airy and awash in earthy colors. Guests enter The Publican through a glass-enclosed vestibule, its 10-foot-high ceiling offering a glimpse of the restaurant’s 13.6-foot ceiling. Inside, the spacious interior is dominated by a large walnut communal table designed to recall 16th Century European banquets. Set up in racetrack fashion, the banquet table seats upwards of 100 people, side by side.

At the center of the banquet table stands eight English pub-style three-tiered cocktail tables where guests can stand, leaning comfortably on one level, with their beer and food resting on the other tiers. This interior space is large enough for guests who are waiting for tables or visiting the restaurant just for a beer and a bite. Against the east wall stand a series of four-top walnut banquette tables set up on platforms and privatized by table-height swinging doors.

The walls and ceiling are wrapped in a material reminiscent of antique pressed tin. Across the front of the space, 10-foot cafe-style doors open out onto the street. At the back of the restaurant, a partially open kitchen offers a view to the culinary action.

Sepia: Chic Design & In Living Color Cuisine

Enter Sepia and you feel like you’re stepping on set for some design show on TLC. This place is impeccably designed to perfection. As its name implies, sepia tones alight the ambiance with a sexy and chic mood lighting while elegant touches like candles, gorgeous chandeliers and warm brick walls relax you even sepiabefore the wine hits your lips.

Transformed from an old printing building from 1890 the restoration is nothing short of spectacular.

The food is just as worthy of the spotlight. Flat iron steak with potato confit, maitake with coffee and bearnaise sauces or apple and morcilla stuffed trout with black garlic romesco and white polenta – you really can’t go wrong here.

MatrixFillmore: A Posh Lounge in the Marina

Put on your LBD (little black dress) and head down to MatrixFillmore for a girl’s night out on the town. With a giant dance floor and bartenders who keep the drinks flowing, the MatrixFillmore is upscale but not

There’s a big dance floor with a DJ spinning tunes all night and there are also tables with bottle service around the edges. The crowd is diverse with people from all walks of life coming together for a good time.

One of the standout features of the lounge is the fireplace that separates the dancefloor. Cozy up with a new friend on one of the couches. The waitresses are quick and attentive and will be sure to get you whatever drinks you need for the night.

As far as what to wear goes – dress to impress. You never know who you might meet or bump into while you’re out getting d

MatrixFillmore is located at 3138 Fillmore Street.

Epic: Spoil Yourself

epicRocking Hubbard Street, Epic has made a splash on the Chicago scene and for good reason – the service is ridiculously good. On a street and in a ‘hood where new restaurants come and go as fast as fashion fads, Epic should be here to stay as guests feel spoiled indulging in the attentive service and delicious menu.

Here, despite its location in the Midwest, the calamari is as thick, plump and juicy as if you were in Hawaii – same goes for their tuna tartare. Steak lovers rejoice and celebrate in a hearty Midwestern steak and if you’re only down for cocktails, this is the perfect place as well. The dark and sexy lighting makes the medicine go down.

Billiards, Bars and Darts at Rocket Bar

Sometimes there’s nothing more fun than hanging in someone’s pimped out basement, playing games, and hanging with friends. But when you’re in the city, basements are few and far between. That’s why many young Washingtonians head to Rocket Bar. With 17 HDTV’s, 7 pool tables, 6 shuffleboards, 6 darts, 2 jukeboxes, boardgames, and 3 full bars, Rocket Bar is the ultimate house party.

Surf’s Up at Duke’s

If you can’t make it to Maui this weekend, your next best bet is to head over to Duke’s.

Located in Malibu and overlooking the ocean, Duke’s is the perfect dinner destination that brings Hawaiian flare without all the tourists. Locals from Malibu and Los Angeles can never seem to get enough of the fruity cocktails and signature fish tacos that Duke’s serves up for lunch and dinner.

If you stick around for dinner to enjoy their fresh fish selections such as their lobster tail, make sure to grab a table near the window to enjoy ocean views and the sunset. Though they are known for their fish tacos and array of assorted seafood, diners rave over their macadamia nut ice cream and kimo wine as well.

Duke’s also has designated nights for wine lovers and fruity cocktail aficionados. Wednesdays are dedicated to bottles of half-off wine while the Barefoot Bar assigns different nights to different drinks.

If you are visiting the bu’, make sure to visit Duke’s.

Park Grill: 4 Seasons of Fun

Millennium Park bustles with tourists and locals in the soutdoor-summerummer gawking at art installations, music concerts and taking summer strolls while the winter hosts bundled up cuties of all ages circling the ice rink with their best moves. All seasons, this park swarms with action and the perfect place to tuck in to rest your feet in between park time is where else, but the Park Grill, found in the center of it all.

Lunchtime heats up with local business power lunches while happy hours revel in drink specials while dinners are posh yet classsic, top notch yet not over the top. In other words, Park Grill is always a safe bet and has been since it and the park’s debut in ’03.

Revolution Brewery: We all Want to Change the World

Micro-breweries are so hot right now. Chicagoans said they want a revolution (from dull beer) and they got one with  Revolution Brewery.

Managing Partner, Josh Deth is just the man to bring on the revolution as his long history with beer (working with, not only drinking) began with iconic Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.

All draft beers at the bar appear as arms and fists, a slew of revolution hungry revelers. And the brews that pour from them? Salivate over the sounds of the Iron Fist Pale Ale: dry-hopped American ale featuring centennial, cascade, chinook and amarillo hop or the summer special, Rosie: tart summer ale infused with 12lbs of hibiscus flowers and  orange peel with a sexy pink hue.

And though beer technically is a food source (right?), they do serve chewable food as well – and darn good grub at that. A hearty brunch, tasty pizzas and the classic Iron Fist Fish & Chips.

Blush at Crimson Lounge

crimson interior1When Hotel Sax came on the Chi-town radar it was quite big news. Replacing the House of Blues Hotel was major pressure and they were up for the challenge. Instead of following in the colorful Moroccan footsteps of their predecessors, Hotel Sax stepped up a classy vibe with all white.

With the hotel of course, the need for an amazing lounge slash club was definitely needed and again, Hotel Sax delivered. Crimson Lounge pulls lines for entrance, lines of beautiful people waiting for beautiful cocktails.

Come on a night when DJ resident Samantha Ronson, ex of crazy Lindsay Lohan and expect to wait your pretty time to get in if you don’t arrive early.

Morels Steakhouse: Drink Up

In a city full of bleach blonde hair and fast food, Morel’s Steakhouse brings an element of Parisian flare that Los Angeles has desperately been craving.

Located at The Grove, Morel’s is the dream steakhouse and bistro combination for those who love a good steak with a hearty onion soup. Perfectly situated next to The Grove’s famous fountain with hourly shows, Morel’s is the perfect first date, anniversary or just because restaurant to enjoy a great meal and free show.

Though the red awnings are home to delicious dishes such as dessert fondue and filet mignon, Morel’s gained a reputation for being THE place to get your drink on. From crazy mojito concoctions to never ending wine lists, Morel’s is the perfect dinner and a drink location.

And in true Paris form, Morel’s offers diners patio seating to enjoy live jazz music and the ambiance of those passing by.

Thanks to its perfect location, wine list and food, Morel’s definitely brings a bit of Paris to a whole other city.
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Suite Lounge is Simply Sweet

Orange FluteEntering Chicago’s Suite Lounge is like stepping into a cave with an atmosphere that could leave you thinking you were anywhere from Barcelona to Berlin. Stones line the wall with shadowy uplighting to create a chic and sexy atmosphere. And if you think the atmosphere is sexy, just wait until you see the martinis — like the Carrot Cake which has Kahlua, Jaegermeister, Bailey’s, butterscotch and a frosting rim -mmmm!

From the Banana Split to the PB & Chocolate, the martinis at Suite Lounge are simply sweet! And they don’t stop there, plenty of bubbly, house specialties, scotch and beer round off the menu.

The people here? They’re as beautiful as the cocktails, so don’t skim on your pre-primping routine before coming here or you’ll stick out in a bad way. The music will get the gorgeous crowd moving from time to time, but due to pressure of looking good, expect more bar mingling than dancing here. Besides, there are just way too many amazing martinis to try to leave time for much else: Bottoms up!

3. Party at Cinco De Mayo Festival May 1-2

Picture 10Celebrating Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862, this free festival takes place during one of Mexico’s most important holidays. The Cinco de Mayo festival is located along LA’s oldest street that was first settled by Mexican immigrants in the 1780s, and today attracts thousands to partake in traditional food, drinks, music, entertainment and art. There are plenty of twirling folklorico dancers, mariachi music and sizzling Mexican food to be found here. The vendors also offer a variety of authentic items and carnival rides and games. There are also community-service oriented booths and arts and crafts stations. This year, the headliner is still being kept a secret, but other groups that will be playing include Roncovacoco and La Santa Cecilia.

Glenn Hotel’s Divine Downtown Digs

In a city where boutique hotels are emerging like roses from the rubble, it takes much more than a comfy bed for a boutique hotel to stand out. At the Glenn Hotel in downtown Picture 6Atlanta, they are doing just that with spacious accommodations, complimentary wireless internet access, and the city’s first rooftop bar complete with unlimited views of the Atlanta skyline.

Apart from providing luxurious guest accommodations, the Glenn Hotel is trying to limit their carbon footprint by reducing overall energy usage. The location alone is walking distance from major city landmarks, which makes for great gas savings. The hotel itself is a historic landmark that was going to be demolished until investors chose to turn the eyesore into an eye-catcher.

After a night of Hawks magic at Phillips arena, a tour of the CNN center or even a day at Centennial Park, take a few steps over to the Glenn Hotel for dinner at 30 Tables- the hotel’s “Ode to Atlanta” with delectable southern treats.

Try one of the many packages available, including the Get Luckie package in which your reservation includes a lottery ticket.

Stats Atl: Where It’s At Weekdays and Game Days

Many bar patrons choose their favorite bar based on the people, drinks or their favorite bartender. Stats Atlanta is the place where you can find the best of all three. With five bars housed under one roof (well, one roof and an amazing skyline-filled rooftop), everyone can find the perfect spot for the weekday happy hour or to watch the game.

Fighting for the remote at homePicture 10 to watch tonight’s game? No worries, there are 70 televisions to catch the infamous touchdown or that game-winning three pointer here. While catching up on the latest scores from your favorite teams, try one of the Stats’ American style tasting menu selections. With items like Crabcake BLT’s, Tuna Takati Salad, and Old-Fashion Meatloaf, Stats takes your usual bar options to the next level.

Stats has an added bonus for sports fans. Atlanta’s famed sports radio station, 790 The Zone, broadcasts live on game days from a private glass enclosed booth, which is a great opportunity to watch the pros at work.

Whether you’re trying to catch last night playoff recaps or having an afternoon cocktail after work, Stats Atlanta is the place to be.

Click here for more information.

Drinking and Laughter at Uptown Atlanta Comedy Corner

There’s no better way to spend an evening than drinking, mingling with friPicture 12ends and enjoying good food. Why not do all those while being entertained by the nation’s funniest comics at Uptown Atlanta. They have themed nights depending on special holidays or occasions, so every act is always fresh and new.

Uptown Atlanta’s patrons don’t just come for the jokes, the menu is quite tasty as well. From finger foods to full entrees you won’t be laughing on an empty stomach.

Located in the heart of the city, minutes from the Georgia Dome you & your friends can head over to the comedy club after a Falcons, Hawks or Thrashers game but reservations are recommended for the weekends shows. It’s a great place to see your favorite comedians from BET’s Comic View and Comedy Central.

16th Annual Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza

LAwhiskySometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing with a nice scotch and at the 16th Annual Single malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza there are over 100 rare and exceptional whiskeys to choose from. There is a wide range of sampling at the event including single malt, premium Scotch, Irish, and even Japanese whiskeys for both the novice and expert consumer.

Millennium Knickerbocker

You’ll be treated like royalty at this landmark hotel on the Magnificent Mile that is more posh than posh. The walls are adorned with linen-like wallcoverings, Lucite bedside lamps set the extravagant guest rooms aglow, and, of course, there’s the renowned Crystal Ballroom with its illuminated dance floor, crystal chandeliers, and gilded domed ceiling that is absolutely otherworldly. And if it’s drinks you want, it’s drinks you will get at the Martini Bar that features a selection of over 50 martinis! What more could you ask for?