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Have you ever wanted to explore the Las Vegas of the East, Macau? Sit back and count your chips then as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she explores this southern Chinese leisure town. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Macau conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!
Macau’s nightlife is ever expanding and changing. What started off as post-gambling hot spots in most of the hotels, nightlife has now spread out of the resorts and into local areas like the Outer Harbour.
But before we head away from the casinos, there’s actually a pretty cool bar/lounge inside the MGM. The Lion's Bar, tucked at the back side of the main casino, is where music lovers can go to listen to a featured band. When I was in Macau, the eclectic cover band called Lockdown rocked a packed house. If they’re in town when you aremake sure to see them.
After the jump, some karaoke and Cirque du Soleil
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If it were up to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, the economy would bounce back this week in order for the world to embrace his love affair with animal prints, gold, and opulent environments through the opening of his new club in Dubai.
Alas, we awoke this morning to another day of the recession despite his attempts to re-invigorate the economy with pricey alcohol and a return to partying for partying's sake. Following the success of his first Florence club, Cavalli opened his second shindig space attached to The Fairmont Hotel at a cost of $30 million. Here's what you'll find behind its gilded gates:
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Karaoke arrived in the United States in the early 1990's, and while the craze was short-lived in suburban areas, it gained a foothold in cities like New York, where the booze-soaked Japanese pastime was perfectly suited to our tight quarters and stressed out lifestyles. Now nearly two decades old, New York's karaoke culture has flourished and mutated into various forms, from Punk Metal Karaoke at Arlene's Grocery to Movieoke at Two Boots Den of Cin, but it's often at its best when stripped to its soul-baring essence.
A "hot club" in Hollywood is loosely defined as "new enough that it's yet not cool to describe as 'so five minutes ago.'" These are places where the starlets are stumbling from the bathroom stalls to their cars, the guys are popping their collars and lying about being producers, and the well drinks are clocking in at upwards of $20. So basically like everywhere else in Hollywood. Except much harder to get into.
If you're thinking to yourself "but I can't get past the rope line and even if I could the drinks are too expensive" - you're probably right. But you, our beloved readers, seem to love posts we do on The Hills. So you have no one to blame but yourselves.
We stopped by L’Orignal, a “chalet chic” resto on industry night Monday, where they offered $4 vodka and had an oyster chucker right at the bar.
The owners of L’Orignal also have another hot resto/lounge in the area called Garde Manger. It’s a the hip dining destination, where you can order seafood platters and bbq ribs while wining and listening to funky tunes. We’re told the waiting staff are hot too. BTW- that seems to be actually a Montreal norm.
L'Oringal: 479, Saint-Alexis/Garde Manger: 408 St-François-Xavier
All this week, Amanda Pressner will be bringing us reports from her recent trip to Colombia. Was her adventure more "Romancing the Stone" or more "Medellin"? Stick with us this week to find out. Any questions about traveling to Colombia? Let us know.
Unless you’ve downed a few of the super-octane coffee drinks at Milas around 4 or 5 pm, we highly suggest catching a nap before attempting to take on the nightlife in Cartagena: it starts late (most clubs don’t even open until 11:00p or midnight) and ends when you might otherwise be getting up to start your day.
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One of the hottest nightclubs in Athens isn't so much "in" Athens as it is a 20 Euro cab ride from the center of the city.
Akrotiri - opened in 2008 in nearby Aghios Kosmas - is where the young, beautiful, and occasionally famous of Greece's glitterati come out to see and be seen. The parking lot is filled with polished BMWs and the rope line is overflowing with tall, busty blondes.
It's not the least expensive place to dance away the night. But if you're looking for an evening of out-and-out degeneracy you'd be hard-pressed to do better.
Juliana just took a field trip to the Winter Wonderland that is Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. All this week she'll be reporting back on what to do there this ski season. Remember this place will be jammed up for the Winter Olympics in 2010, so you might want to go now or wait until 2011. Any questions? Let us know.
Now that you've arrived in Whistler, skied the mountains and achieved the ultimate wilderness rush, it's time to remove your neck warmer and let your hair out of that ski cap. Fortunately, Whistler appreciates apres ski drinks as much as we do and there are just as many bars as there are ski rental shops in the village.
The Whistler Village is actually split into two different parts--upper and lower. The upper part houses the Fairmont and Four Seasons hotels and a handful of restaurants. But the lower village is where the all the action happens.
We treated ourselves to a fancy Italian dinner the second night of our trip at Il Caminetto Di Umberto. Their pastas are the best dishes on the menu. Whether it's a weekend or a weekday, make a reservation: The place is extremely popular.
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We would've guessed that the rapid pace of Las Vegas nightclub openings would rapidly fall off this year, but so far Sin City is still popping out shiny new hot spots at a mind-boggling pace.
The latest is XS, which opened New Year's Eve at the new Encore resort, and this is one party spot that's just outright ignoring the whole recession thing. XS--rumored to be the most expensive club ever built--is over-the-top, even for Vegas. The 40,000-square-foot party den includes 30 cabanas surrounding a shimmering pool, while the interior features a lavish, gold-plated design "inspired by the sexy curves of the female body." Speaking of sexy curves, shirts are not required--and definitely not encouraged.
Las Vegas Weekly sums up the space:
Jaunted's Amanda Kendle just got back from Melbourne. This week: Read all about it.
Melbourne's got a reputation for being ultra-multicultural, along with being a place where you have a great meal out without paying a fortune. On Chapel Street there's a thousand and one places to eat but only one famous Polish spot: Borsch, Vodka & Tears.
If you can't remember that name, it also gets referred to simply as the Vodka Bar, with good reason--they stock over a hundred different European vodkas and have a huge list of incredible vodka cocktails that will guarantee you have trouble finding the tram stop to get home.
The best chance you have of limiting the effects of the booze somewhat is by gorging yourself on their Polish food. Served on particularly funky plates, it's a kind of Australian twist on Polish food that's not as heavy or rich as you might get in Poland. But be warned: It doesn't soak up everything. Stand up often during the meal to test your vodka legs or you'll really be in danger of not making it back to your hotel.
Only the hip and stylish need apply to eat and be seen at this week's pick, Delicatessen. Opening on the corner of Prince and Lafayette, Delicatessen will have service from breakfast straight through to late-night and dish up interesting menu items such as cheeseburger spring rolls and wonton-wrapped halibut tacos with kimchee sour cream, alongside standard deli standbys like matzo ball soup and pastrami.
The staff uniforms were designed by Charlotte Ronson and the interior features two bars as well as retractable stainless-steel garage doors opening onto the street. There will also be a "Macbar" in the fall that will offer 12 different varieties of mac and cheese.
Something tells us no one is going to actually be caught dead here for a real breakfast, but that late-night scene should be a rousing success.
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London's Club Surya is going green, with a party tonight that's fully sustainable. From recycled cups, bottles and cans to wind and solar energy powering the sound system, the event promises to be 100 percent carbon free. (Probably good in light of recent developments!)
Even the party-goers themselves will chip in, as the club's floor will be covered with special composite material that'll actually generate a small amount of electricity as the dancing goes late into the night. Surya even plans to donate any surplus energy to its neighbors.
Jade Jagger will be there to lend the appropriate star wattage to the event and you can expect to see Dan Williams, Queens of Noize and Nathan Detroit up on the decks.