NEW YORK (
) -- The summer is already half over. If you're sitting in the office while all your colleagues are lounging on the
, don't fret. You can still create a night to remember at one of these hot spots.
Griffin, New York:
Once a stomping ground for Jimmy Choo-wearing fashionistas, Manhattan's meatpacking district has since become a Forever 21 parade of bachelorette parties in limousines. But there's one nightclub that's still attracting big names and a well-heeled crowd.
Departure Portland's customers can take in Oregon's landscape on its rooftop lounge.
, whose décor pays homage to America's industrial revolution, one might see singers Rihanna and Mary J. Blige dancing to '90s rock and classic hip-hop. In the first-floor bar, models relax on French settees situated on herringbone hardwood floors beneath a crystal chandelier. The wait staff blends in with uniforms by French designer Catherine Malandrino.
Playhouse, Los Angeles:
Previously known as the Fox Theater,
is Hollywood's latest destination nightclub. It promises high design and a celebrity experience. While it would be hard to find enough VIPs to fill the 13,000-square-foot club, Playhouse has managed to snag tabloid headlines with famous faces ranging from A-list to no list.
Playhouse hosts celebrity guests like heiresses Nicky and Paris Hilton at its three bars. There's a massive dance floor and sleek leather couches for resting in between songs. Its moody disco lighting envelopes the lounges and alcoves set aside for bottle service and private parties.
Departure Restaurant + Lounge; Portland, Ore.:
This glamorous downtown eatery and weekend lounge attracts stiletto-strutting locals. Inside
massive 9,000-square-foot space, guests will find two rooftop patios with views of downtown Portland and Mount St. Helens.
-meets-Kubrick dining room consists of a series of interconnected spaces that includes an intimate wine bar. Chef Bryan Emperor serves appetizers inspired by Asian street food and noodle specialties.
Rare 120, Las Vegas:
The food at the Dolce Group's new steakhouse,
inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, has been billed as "meat for a late-night affair." You'll find a menu filled with beef in all its forms: rib eye, filet mignon and Kobe.
Inside Rare 120, diners sit beneath cowhide-lined ceilings on furniture with Matisse-inspired upholstery. There's so much to look at you barely notice the sexy pool scene just through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Cushy club chairs and tufted-suede banquettes allow diners to cozy up to their neighbors as the dining room morphs into a lounge at 10 p.m.
Mr. Chow, Miami:
It seems an unlikely pairing for South Beach -- bronzed, fit models and Chinese food. But
isn't your average Chinese restaurant.
A long-time fixture in Beverly Hills, Calif., Mr. Chow is set to open a new site at the W Hotel in Miami this month. The dramatic two-story space features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor terrace with a view of the beach. The main dining room showcases a 123-foot gold leaf and crystal chandelier designed by restaurant co-founder Michael Chow. A separate bar and lounge will give the nearby Hotel Gansevoort a run for its model money.
-- Reported by Michael Martin of JetSetReport.com in Los Angeles.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.