ADDRESS: 454 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
WEB SITE: www.stingsandiego.com
SPIRITED SETTING: Set in San Diego's Gaslamp District, the three-story venue can accommodate a total of 1,500 guests. The first level is outfitted with a dance floor, a bar with translucent orange stools, and a restaurant. The second-floor lounge features a 35-foot waterfall and oversize booths. The rooftop setting provides a view of San Diego, fire pits and lush plants.
EVENT AREAS: Stingaree features six venues in 22,000 square feet of space. The Rooftop Oasis can accommodate 500 people and features king-size beds under cabanas. The mezzanine level and the restaurant accommodate 200 guests each. More intimate spaces include the penthouse, with space for 50 guests, and the private dining room, with space for 15 people.
TOP TAB: Featuring lemonade, curacao liqueur, grenadine and orange-flavored rum, the One Night Sting is the club's specialty cocktail. Other cocktail options include the No Tell Motel and the Summer Fling.
STIRRING SOUNDS: The DJ spins from a booth suspended over the dance floor; the club specializes in contemporary music.
SITE: POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE
ADDRESS: 601 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610
WEB SITE: www.popsforchampagne.com
SPIRITED SETTING: The main bar is made of translucent onyx; other decor elements — designed to remind guests of the club's signature drink — include gold and amber hues, high ceilings and a motif of sparkling champagne bubbles.
EVENT AREAS: The 6,000-square-foot club features two levels: the main bar upstairs with a video-screen “entertainment chandelier” and an extensive collection of champagne and sparkling wine, and a jazz club downstairs.
TOP TAB: Champagne is the prime offering, with beer, spirits and wine rounding out the beverage menu. Shared plates of both savory and sweet treats are designed to match the different varieties of champagne.
STIRRING SOUNDS: The 3,000-square-foot jazz club on the lower level seats 70 guests and features live jazz in a Parisian setting.
SITE: 32 DEGREES LUXE LOUNGE
ADDRESS: 2801 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
WEB SITE: www.32lounge.com
SPIRITED SETTING: Curtains of beads and cowhide banquettes lit with dazzling lighting create a cozy atmosphere with a fire-and-ice theme.
EVENT AREAS: The intimate club accommodates 180 standing guests or 60 seated. The club's flagship property is in Philadelphia.
TOP TAB: Premium spirits, champagnes and cognacs are available at the club; shots of liquor come in glasses made of solid ice. A specialty “hot” drink — illuminated with a red light cube — includes pineapple and orange juices, grenadine and rum.
STIRRING SOUNDS: DJs play a blend of house, hip-hop and rock-and-roll. The club customizes events with European-style service.