Chateau Marmont

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If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont. Site of John Belushi’s last toga party, Jim Morrison’s fall off the roof, and Led Zeppelin’s flying TV sets. Pulls stars for private bungalow overnights and rock n’ roll debauchery. Bar Marmont still abuzz with HWood a-list. Lovely garden perfect for intimate interviews, while shaded pool is one of the most magical spots in the county.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

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At first look, it’s an Airstream trailer selling awesome $3 – $5 tacos (go for the Camaron BLT, with shrimp and, well, blt), as well as tortas and daily ceviche specials. But sneak through a secret door, and you’re in one of Miami’s hippest cocktail dens – where a cool, glitz-averse crowd downs Smoked Horchata shots and Don Diablo signature cocktails and grooves late into the night. Different.

Pier A Harbor House

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Summer’s best ocean fare in mini — oyster po’boy sliders, lobster cutters, Bloody Mary oyster shooters — solid fish & chips, and TK drinks from Peter Poulakakos, also behind Financier Patisserie and the neighborhood’s Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog. The bar and restaurant take up the entire pier, so there’s plenty of seating both inside and out. But sit outside, preferably at sunset, and take in views of the Statue of Liberty.

Vibrato Grill Jazz

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The American steakhouse food is pretty good, especially considering you’re really here for the scene. The bar is lively too, but it’s the old school supper club atmosphere that gets us. Trumpet legend Herb Albert (he’s won 9 Grammys) owns the place, and brings in world class jazz singers to perform while you enjoy a steak and a martini.

Park Bar

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Martinis and scotch won’t leave you wanting here, it’s all generously poured out. The mirror behind the bar lists the wines and beers available (all about $6-10). The prices and people are both friendly, and it’s full of 30-something neighborhood regulars — it’s small inside, making it super easy to say hello to someone new here. Skip out of work 15 minutes early to scoot in before seats fill up.

The York on York

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Cool gastropub that’s serious about its craft beer – international selection includes indie locals like Eagle Rock Libertine and Solidarity, alongside all the Belgians and special cask brews. The food strays a little from the typical gastrogrub: Thai cobb salad, shrimp ceviche, truffle mac & cheese. Hip young crowd fills the exposed brick space to overflowing on good nights.

B Flat

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Tokyo vibes at this underground, cozy cocktail lounge for shiso, yuzu, wasabi, and sake-infused drinks, each with ice cut to perfect proportions for the spirit. It’s liquid sophistication. Here the original bartenders (self proclaimed “bar chefs” from Angel’s Share keep the light low, the music down, and the couches deep. There’s live jazz on Mondays and Wednesdays. Bring someone you want to get cozy with.

Church Bar

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Super-chic Tribeca Grand lobby hotel bar. Models on the make mingle with hotel guests (it’s included in the hefty room rate). Luxuriate on soft leather sofas and dark wood chairs, with musical atmo provided by lounge-oriented DJs. Velvet rope on weekends, so wear your Saturday Best and pray for the bouncer’s good graces. Occasional special events bring a downtown crowd with a taste for electro and pastel skinny jeans.

Macao Trading Co.

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Call it what you like–we prefer “Asian-fusion-whatever”–but Macao’s prospects aren’t a gamble. From epicurean dream team behind Employees Only comes this gorgeous, Asian-themed space, with beautiful bar and a lounge downstairs. Emphasis here, though, is on the menu, which there is nothing vague about: bombastic Asian dishes that meet somewhere in the middle with…Portuguese. We’re pretty sure we can safely say only in New York.