Posts categorized: Bars

The pool at The Standard Spa Miami, my pick for the best hotel for locals.

  The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson recently paid our fair, seaside city of South Beach a visit and like so many travel writers and first time visitors before him, he fell into the typical tourist traps of Ocean Drive and its surrounding streets, rattling off (for the most part) a list of bars that no self respecting local would be caught dead in. He even called Mango’s the “quintessential” South Beach club experience—uh, not quite, bro. See: LIV, Story. To […]

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Lisa, Krista & me in between bars on the streets of New Orleans.

Just back from a brilliantly executed girlfriend’s weekend in New Orleans with my besties Lisa and Krista. We hit up so many great spots in the Big Easy for strong drinks, live music and a great party. Here’s where we went. You should probably check them out too. For where to eat, see last week’s post.   Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House: Come for the absinthe frappe, stay for the delightfully convivial dive bar atmosphere on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville streets. 240 […]

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The Porch and The Other Side. Photo by Nick Doll.

  There’s a classic way of doing Key West. It involves dinner at Louie’s Backyard, drinks and live music at Sloppy Joe’s, photo ops at the Southernmost Buoy, a stop at the Hemingway House, spotting Key West chickens and sunset at Mallory Square. And, of course, plenty of key lime pie, conch fritters and margaritas. But a younger, hipper Key West has emerged thanks to a few longtime locals turned entrepreneurs and restaurateurs who are shaping the culture of the […]

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Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve.

  Long a sanctuary for celebrities in search of an under-the-radar retreat, Anguilla is also an up-and-coming foodie destination for both authentic West Indian cuisine and elevated organic fare. However, its reggae roots run deep with the annual Moon Splash reggae festival. Read on for eight spots to enjoy Anguilla’s sublime food and night life. 1. Blanchards  Situated in a cozy cottage on Meads Bay beneath a pink facade and teal shutters, Blanchards is run by an American ex-pat couple and has […]

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The new Whitney designed by Renzo Piano on Gansevoort Street in New York's Meatpacking District. Photo by Ed Lederman.

From The New York EDITION to the new Whitney, there’s so much to see and do in New York before summer’s end. If you’re planning a late summer trip, I’ve got you covered with something new in every category: Do, Eat, Drink Shop and Stay, plus one bonus—my favorite sailboat-turned-oyster bar, Grand Banks, is back for its second season on the Hudson River. Do – The new Whitney   With last fall’s Jeff Koons retrospective marking the final exhibition in its longtime Upper East […]

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BrettPoster

We got to Cake Shop right before 11 p.m. just in time to see my brother Brett take the stage as headliner with a solo singer/songwriter act. The whole Benowitz family was there, along with my friend Rebekah and a bunch of Brett’s friends. Every time I see him perform, I’m reminded of just how talented he is. He played an hourlong set of all original music along with the occasional guest artist, which he calls “Friends with Benowitz.” It’s […]

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So many boat moments. With my crew: Brett, Krista, Ted & Matt aboard Grand Banks

  It’s easy to forget that Manhattan is an island surrounded by water and one of the country’s earliest port cities when you’re tucked inside a cozy West Village bar or caught in the bright lights of Times Square. It was Melville who wrote in the opening chapter of Moby Dick, “There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs—commerce surrounds it with her surf. Right and left, the streets […]

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Oct 27
2013

24 Hours in Bimini

Ship marooned at the southern edge of North Bimini Island

Fifty miles due east off the coast of Miami, the islands of Bimini emerge from the turquoise-green sea. This tiny dash of the Bahamas, only 10 square miles in all, consists of two islands, North and South Bimini, and a few uninhabited cays. Its proximity to the blue waters of the warm and swiftly moving Gulf Stream current and the big game fish it attracts—bluefin tuna, sailfish and blue marlin—have drawn sports fishermen here since the 1920s, none more famous […]

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Lavanda, Bleauberry Mojito, & Mexican Fake Out available at Bleau Bar

With three signature restaurants — Hakkasan, Gotham Steak and Scarpetta — and the always buzzing Bleau Bar in its dazzling lobby, the pleasure dome that is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is breathing new life into its cocktail program with the help of newly appointed corporate mixologist Hector Acevedo. A trio of new cocktails have been introduced to each of these establishments, highlighting a range of techniques and creative concepts from new twists on classics to the molecular avant garde. To take a virtual […]

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Reunion Surf Bar

I abandoned New York City seven years ago for a maritime- and surf-themed lifestyle in South Florida, so I’m tickled that whenever I go back, my best friend Ted introduces me to his new favorite bars, and they’re also maritime- and surf-themed. This time, he took me to Réunion Surf Bar in Hell’s Kitchen and The Rusty Knot on the West Side Highway. Since boats, surf, and New York City are three of my favorite things, I’ve got a couple of […]

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