You want to see your friends at a place where you can let loose with all the favorite women in your life, but not compete behind a velvet rope or scream over the music. These awesome places all around the country hit that perfect mix of chic-cool-fun. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Holstein'sWatch the club from above
Two words: Vegas, baby! Marquee inside The Cosmopolitan may be a go-to clubbing spot on the famous Las Vegas strip, but check out Holsteins for a bird's eye view of all the action - and hotties! - on the dance floor. You can chill out with your girls in the glass-walled lounge of this new organic burger joint that overlooks the famous night club, sipping spiked milkshakes, without ever actually having to fight your way through the sweaty masses. Ask the bartender to blend you up a Drunken Monkey (Reese's, banana, malt, and Frangelico) to kick off the night on a sweet note.
Get your groove on
You may think Atlantic City is nothing more than Bingo and boardwalk, but America's Playground has enough martinis and Manolos to cash in as a top ladies night spot. No matter how you throw the dice, your odds of encountering cosmos and celebrities are as high as finding saltwater taffy and slots, thanks to a boom in chic hotels, luxurious spas, high-end shopping, and upscale restaurants. Start the party at the Borgata Hotel & Casino Spa. You'll find high-stakes games in the Poker Room, world-class dining such as Bobby Flay Steak, and nonstop nightlife at the multi-level mega-club, MIXX. With its loungey ambience and sunken dance floor, the newly renovated mur.mur, also in the Borgata, has attracted big-name stars such as Joe Jonas, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, and Kanye West.
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Get your foodie fix
Not in the mood to bump and grind all night at a club? Make your next GNO a foodie experience by hitting up San Diego's Searsucker in the Gaslamp District. Top Chef finalist and The Taste judge Brian Malarkey gives cooking demos to entertain diners in the warehouse-like space. Ask the mixologists to shake you up a signature cocktail such as the Peter Rabbit (Pimm's #1, bruised basil, pressed lemon, pickled carrot), or keep it classy and order a bottle of champagne for the table.
Like no library you've ever seen
You'll be hard-pressed to pick from the killer list of cocktails at NoMad's Library Bar in NYC, where the exotic menu of spirits delivers everything from the light - The Bamboo is refreshing with its mix of East India Solera Sherry and Angostura Bitters - to the serious - The Brown Sugar's smoky blend of Venezuelan rum, rye whiskey and mole rum will have you feeling it after just one. The centrally located hotel is named for the newly coined neighborhood "North of Madison Square Park," and makes for a great place to start your night and devise your plan of attack. Though, thanks to a cozy, club-like like ambiance and the many attractive international types you'll find hanging out at the bar, you may just decide to keep the party going 'til night's end.
Enjoy the show
Up your typical happy hour's entertainment factor by hitting up the Musiquarian Lounge inside one of Seattle's hottest GNO spots, The Triple Door. The lounge, named for its 1,900-gallon aquarium, has no cover charge, offers cheap eats - $2-to-$8 appetizer specials like duck sliders - $3 well and draft specials, and regularly showcases singer-songwriters with live performances Wednesday through Sunday. Keep the party going by heading to the main stage for more live music in this historic theater-turned burlesque house-turned music and dinner venue. You can order up a specialty hand-crafted cocktail - such as a cracked coconut martini or lychee cooler - settle into a plush, half-moon booth with your girls, and never be more than 35 paces away from the stage.
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Try some star gazing
Celeb spottings are also de rigueur at Martorano, the rowdy Italian-American restaurant/party scene with locations in both Fort Lauderdale, FL and Las Vegas. Grab your girls to sample the famous Eggplant Stack; sip a Simply Red Martini (vodka muddled with fresh strawberries, basil, and simple syrup - holy yum!); and rock out on the dance floor to the beats of nightly live DJ sets. You just might bump up next to the likes of Ryan Lochte, Cee Lo, Lorraine Bracco, and Mo'Nique - making your GNO go down in Facebook history.
Gather a gaggle of your girls
Totally opposite from the NoMad, the scene at Pod 39's Play Room Bar seems less like the traditional old-school New York club and more like a trip to Pee Wee's Playhouse. It's the perfect place to bring a large group thanks to communal tables and a 25-foot butcher block bar - you'll probably add to your crew as the night goes on, especially if you strike up a game at one of the ping pong tables. Ask one of the friendly bar man to make a Tequila cocktail - there are loads to choose from - and when the need for munchies strikes, grab a Korean BBQ taco at hotspot Salvation Taco. You may decide to make it the place to rest your head, too - rooms start at a very budget-friendly $169 a night, a low price point for NYC.
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Hit the beach scene
Bar hopping with a big group can be a real pain, but The James Royal Palm hotel in South Beach makes planning any girls night out a no-brainer. That means you can focus on what really matters: Having a blast. Sometimes the most fun part of an evening is getting all decked out with your friends, so try hitting up the beach-front retreat's Renew the spa for manis, pedis, and blowouts. You can chill out together on the ocean-front spa deck before heading upstairs to the Florida Cookery, filled with long tables that are excellent for big groups, and serving up traditional food with a local twist, such as Lychee Roasted Quail and Mango Pie. Then hang out in the lobby bar before stepping up to the velvet rope outside of SL Miami and living it up with bottle service.
Experience the Wild West
Park City, UT may be best known for its après ski culture, fresh powder, and the Sundance Film Festival, but it's also becoming a year-round hotspot for sampling locally made spirits. In 2007, the town's High West Distillery, which is modeled after an Old West saloon, became Utah's first legal distillery since 1870. Located right at the base of Town Lift, it's also the world's only ski-in gastro-distillery. All the action is located in the kitschy bar downstairs - originally a livery stable that housed the horses pulling ore carts from the mines - where your group can pair flights of home-brewed whiskey or rye with small plates, such as the Utah Ballard Farms Pulled Pork or Whiskey Cider Braised Short Rib.
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