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Be the First to Visit These A-List Hangouts

Want to rub shoulders with the elite? Visit these new clubs.

A new crop of nightclub openings are transforming the way the A-list parties around the nation. Whether you're looking to hang with Jay-Z or cozy up in Miami Beach, there's a hot club waiting for you in almost any corner of the country. Here are some of the best.

Las Vegas

Jay Z's

40/40 Las Vegas is located within the new Palazzo Resort at the Venetian. This all-American sports bar from hip-hop's top mogul is named after one of baseball's most prestigious achievements, namely 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in one season. The space combines bling-minded décor with sports memorabilia and cuisine such as southern-fried chicken sticks.

For something a bit more haute, try the Light Group's

Bank, located at the Bellagio. Guests enter a multitiered nightclub with dramatic aerial perspective of the lower-level dancefloor. A series of VIP booths encased in glass surround the main dance floor, offering cozy sectional loungers and silver-plated champagne and caviar service. Opening night included a rare sighting of Leonardo Di Carpio getting his groove on with model Bar Rafaeli.

New York

Local blogs, fancy newspapers and city guides have

followed the opening of 1 Oak like an obsessed schoolyard crush. After a few bureaucratic glitches and a delayed opening, the social lounge is at last open for boozing. Its owners are the best of the best, true blue-blood club owners and promoters whose past roster includes

G Spa and Lounge,

Bowery Bar and


A wooden doorway leads to a dark hallway imprinted with gold-leaf writing from various philosophers. The main lounge area has black-and-white striped floors with circular leather banquettes and light fixtures made from recycled bike tires. The door is currently the toughest in town, with hipsters touting every contact they have ever had with owners Jeffrey Jah, Scott Sartiano and Ronnie Madra just to get inside.

Los Angeles

It may be brand-new, but its location is historic, namely, West Hollywood's first Prohibition-era drinking establishment. Villa is the latest VIP social lounge for Hollywood starlets looking for paparazzi-fueled nightlife. The interior space features a rare book collection as well as a bed-shaped stage area surrounded by taxidermy artwork.

From the men who brought The Lodge to Beverly Hills comes

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Goa, a global-themed dance den in downtown Hollywood. The interior décor is

I Dream of Jeannie

-meets-Taj Mahal with faux-Persian rugs lining the main lounge area and embarrassed bartenders dressed in kaftans. Although the kitchen seems to close on a whim, a sushi menu is available for those lucky enough to find a waitress.


Better known for its faux Alpine opulence and wild pub-crawls, Aspen is breaking its nightlife mold with a fresh new dusting of bars and lounges.

Fly Lounge Aspen mixes cozy lounge with a quirky aviation theme to create one of the hippest cocktail scenes in town.

The interior lounge area was inspired by the idea of a Lear jet zipping through the clouds. While we tend to think lacquered burled-wood and comfy club chairs for private aviation, this cabin features brown leather banquettes and Plexiglas cocktail tables with glossy white walls and rectangular submarine windows. The cocktail crew is a group of leggy "fly" attendants who mix sexy and sass between rounds of frosty vodka shots and bottles of Krug.


In a city known for over-the-top nightlife, it's sometimes difficult to find a cocktail lounge that isn't vibrating in hip-hop dance anthems. Located through a hard-to-find doorway,

Gemma is a cozy cocktail lounge offering a glitzy oasis away from the fanfare of surrounding South Beach.

The lounge features an elegant, long-paneled bar with upholstered stools as well as a cozy cocktail lounge with slip-covered Chippendale chairs and candle chandeliers. The crowd varies from wintering South Americans with chiseled features and flirtatious glances to in-the-know tourists arriving from the Raleigh.

San Francisco

Occupying a trendy piece of SOMA (South of Market) in San Francisco,

83-Proof is located in a 1920s dockworkers' bar transformed into a modern day speak-easy, complete with upright piano and spirited crowd of jovial loft-dwellers. The space features two-story design with a long central bar and a mezzanine loft area for private parties and events.

On the other end of town, in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood,

Serpentine is a new gastro-pub from the owners of Slow Club. An extensive list of Malbec and Napa wines complement a small plate menu of grilled lamb, intricate rabbit dishes and slow-cooked meat specialties. The décor mixes industrial elements of the surrounding neighborhood with a long slate bar and gleaming oak floors clanking with a fresh influx of Nob Hill stilettos and Marina loafers.

Michael Martin is the managing editor of -- 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.