Rich by Veuve Cliquot

For those who enjoy only the finest things in life, French champagne brand Veuve Cliquot has something new on the menu – RICH, a champagne that was specially created for mixology

 

Just in time for summer, innovative French champagne brand Veuve Cliquot has created something new and refreshing, a brand of champagne that was created especially to be combined with other ingredients for cocktails. This iconic bubbly brand has been titillating the palates of connoisseurs for more than two and a half centuries – since 1772 to be exact – but that doesn’t mean it’s not ready to stay right on trend. While it set the trend in the 18th Century for nobility and the wealthy to enjoy champagne, it’s now setting another trend: creating a drink that is just begging to be experimented with, to be mixed with other ingredients to create fine champagne cocktails.

 

Its latest iteration – Veuve Cliquot RICH is blended with a higher dosage of Veuve Cliquot Pinot Noir and balanced with the fresh, gourmand flavors of Menier. This innovative combination elevates the fruitiness of the nectar and creates the ideal base to use when mixing a cocktail.

To make life even more exciting, there isn’t just one iteration of RICH; Veuve Cliquot has presented two… the RICH and the RICH Rosé. The former begs for a mix using pineapples, grapefruit zest, celery, cucumber, tea and peppers, while the Rosé is ideal for mixing with ginger, lime, tea and pineapples. This unique collection was created by Veuve Cliquot Cellar Master, Dominique Demarville, together with a number of expert mixologists. Both iterations are beautifully presented in silver bottles adorned with Veuve Cliquot’s iconic comet deisgn.

 

While Reims-based Champagne house Veuve Cliquot’s latest creation has been especially designed to blend perfectly with certain ingredients, it’s also been crafted so that you can create your very own customized Champagne cocktails. And with spring almost here, and summer on the horizon, there’s no better time to use your imagination and combine your own choice of ingredients.

 

Creating a trend of drinking champagne in every possible manifestation is a wise move for this prestigious brand. Veuve Cliquot is showing those who have the taste, the style and of course, the money, to enjoy their fine bubbly just how versatile and unique it is. A champagne to be enjoyed throughout the heady summer days ahead, day and night, and in a variety of jet set locations around the world.

 

CLICQUOLOGY: THE PERFECT SERVE

1) Place ice cubes in a large wine glass

2) Add one of the recommended ingredients mentioned above

3) Finish with chilled Veuve Clicquot Rich

 

Here is a refreshing cocktail to try…

RICH Pineapple champagne cocktail

1.      Cut a fresh pineapple into quarters and then into slices.

2.      Place five ice cubes into a large wine glass. Add five to six slices of pineapple.

3.      Fill the glass with Veuve Cliquot RICH and enjoy.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this exceptional champagne mixer, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide all the information you require, including recipes and details of how to purchase this fine champagne.

The highest outdoor whisky bar in the world

Just opened in Bangkok, Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar on the 64th floor of the Lebua Hotel in the State Tower is billed as the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world. Baroque Travel finds out more

 

Situated an unbelievable 800 feet above the ground, Alfresco 64 offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy a fine whisky with an equally fine view. The bar is an innovative collaboration between Lebua Hotels & Resorts and world-famous luxury Scottish whisky producer Chivas Regal. In fact, Chivas has created a special blend exclusively for this decadent venue. This is the first time in the brand’s 230 years of existence that a special blend has been created by Chivas Regal for one of their collaborative partners and provides visitors with a unique whisky tasting experience for connoisseurs visiting Bangkok. In fact, just 68 bottles of this nectar have been produced for exclusive use at the hotel. Five bottles will be sold by pegs to guests in the bar, and the remaining 63 bottles are available for sale per bottle.

 

The Lebua Hotels & Resorts group is a company based in the Thai capital city with other locations around the country as well as in India and New Zealand. Five Stars Luxury Hotel Bangkok the Tower Club at lebua is a superlative, luxurious hotel that offers breathtaking panoramic city views from its suites, located on eight storeys (51st to 59th floor). These exclusive suites feature plush interiors and offer unsurpassed privileges to guests. And way above them, on the 64th floor is the highest whisky bar in the world, one that offers a unique whisky blend that patrons can only enjoy whilst taking in the bar’s magnificent view.

 

For many, this will be the ultimate whisky drinking experience, savoring a blend that is, according to custodian master blender at Chivas Regal, Colin Scott, “a unique bottling of some of our oldest and rarest whiskies that were distilled in 1985 or earlier, and individually hand-selected”. Visitors will enjoy this fine whisky blend while sitting on the bar’s patio with stunning views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River.

 

This is not the first time that lebua has pioneered unique alfresco drinking experiences in its award winning restaurants and bars. But it is the first time that Chivas Regal, who produce the world’s most prestigious premium Scotch whisky have created a unique blend of their tipple for a partnership, a one-of-a-kind, limited edition Chivas Exclusive lebua Blend. Whisky drinking is being taken to a new level of luxury experience at this exclusive bar, which was designed by famous design team DWP and inspired by the sleek lines of a luxury yacht, which epitomizes a billionaire lifestyle.

 

The entire design of the bar resembles a yacht, including an indoor area that looks like an opulent yacht cabin, with sunken seating and a lacquered rosewood floor. This was the setting for the bar’s official launch on 8 March 2017, which was hosted by Chivas Regal Master Blender, Colin Scott, who is also the brand’s ambassador. International and local celebrities as well as important media guests attended.

 

For more information on this innovative collaboration, the bar itself and the exclusive whisky, contact Baroque Access right away, info@baroqueaccess.com. If you are traveling to Bangkok, let our sister company, Baroque Travel, handle all the reservations including hotel, flights and anything else you may require. Contact them right away, info@baroquetravel.com.

Oscar parties – Hollywood here we come!

This week, on Tuesday 21 February 2017, the final voting for the Oscars closes ahead of the 89th Academy Awards to be held this coming weekend, on February 26, 2017. As the build-up to the ceremony continues, Baroque Travel has compiled a list of some of the fabulous parties being held in Hollywood during the festivities

 

Photo by Antonio Diaz

Photo by Antonio Diaz

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honor the best films of 2016, will take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. From the moment the final voting closes on 21 February, the parties start. So let’s take a look at what’s happening this week in the build-up to the weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony.

 

Once you have perused some of the highlights of next week’s build-up to the Oscars, as well as events taking place on Oscars Sunday, 26 February, 2017, let us make all your travel arrangements for you so that you can enjoy this exciting time in Hollywood. As time is limited, make sure to contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make the reservations for you.

 

 

Photo via Pinterest/Honestly Yum

Photo via Pinterest/Honestly Yum

A list of some of the Oscar parties worth attending

 

Tuesday 21 Feb

5.30pm: At the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, the 19th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards will applaud nominees such as costume designer Jeffrey Kurland who will receive the Career Achievement Award, Meryl Streep, who will take home the Distinguished Collaborator Award and illustrator and costume designer Lois DeArmond who will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

 

6pm: Charles Finch will be hosting a cocktail party at the KP Gallery to unveil a photographic exhibition featuring ‘on set’ pictures from the golden age of cinema. The collection includes pictures of Audrey Hepburn and Bridget Bardot, Quentin Tarantino dancing behind the scenes with Uma Thurman and John Travolta, and many more memorable images. The exhibition will run until 26 February, with proceeds going to support the Ghetto Film School.

 

7pm: At the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Deadpool director Tim Miller will host Oscar Week Shorts with screenings and onstage panel discussions of the nominees for live-action and animated shorts. The director is a nominee for the animated short, Gopher Broke.

 

Photo by Block-Korenbrot PR

Photo by Block-Korenbrot PR

Wednesday 22 Feb

7pm: Ladies, why not head for the Beverly Wilshire tonight to attend Alfred Woodard and Farfetch’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree to honor female Oscar nominees Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Harris and Ruth Negga as well as NAACP nominee Aja Naomi King of Birth of a Nation fame.

 

Thursday 23 Feb

8pm: Luxury vehicle manufacturers Cadillac are hosting a star-studded event at Chateau Marmont tonight. If last year’s party is any reflection, there will be plenty of stars attending, not to mention many industry power players.

 

Friday 24 Feb

Tonight at the Fig & Olive in West Hollywood at 5pm, the British Consul General, Chris O’Connor will be toasting British nominees such as Naomi Harris (Moonlight) and Dev Patel (Lion) plus composer Micachu, who created the score for the movie Jackie.

 

Saturday 25 Feb

10.30am: Cocktails and 2pm: Show

The Beach in Santa Monica is the place to be today, when Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their Broadway act to the Spirit Awards, one of the rare, really fun awards shows of the year. Full of fun, alcohol and laughter, this is show is a must.

 

Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF

Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF

Sunday 26 Feb

4pm: Today on Oscar Sunday, the place to see and be seen if you’re not actually attending the Awards Ceremony is the 25th Annual Elton John Aids Foundations Academy Awards Viewing Party, held at West Hollywood Par.  NFL Champ owner, Robert Kraft is just one of the regulars at this event, which is full of TV, media, film and sports donors and supporters. While they raise money, there’s a dedicated feed of the ABC telecast. In the past, Elton John, David Furnish and EJAF have raised more then $350 million for various resources to end the AIDS epidemic. The evening includes a multi-course dinner prepared by Gordon Ramsay and a fun ballot contest with stunning prizes. The sponsors include Bulgari, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins and co-sponsors are Audi, Mac Viva Glam and StyleHaul.

 

4pm in NYC and 7pm in London:

The Academy hosts Oscar Night in the Rainbow Room NYC and the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London, official viewing parties for invited guests and industry members. London’s event, hosted by Rolex, includes a midnight feast. Guests will watch the Oscars telecast, from the red carpet to the Best Picture Award, streamed live on a big screen. Guests at the NYC event will enjoy a menu inspired by Executive Chef Jim Botsacos.

 

Photo by Valerie Macon/ AFP/ Getty Images

Photo by Valerie Macon/ AFP/ Getty Images

After-party highlight: The Governors Ball

Once the Academy Awards Ceremony is over, numerous stars and winners will head for the Ray Dolby Ballroom to enjoy the Oscars Governors Ball official after-party. Chef Wolfgang Puck will be preparing more than 50 dishes.

The perfect drink to savor in the New Year

Scottish whisky brand Glenmorangie has just launched the first whisky in the Bond House No 1 collection of vintage single malts, the perfect drink to celebrate the start of a brand new year. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

The inaugural expression of this brand new Glenmorangie vintage whisky collection is the Grand Vintage Malt 1990, which depicts a memorable year in the history of the Scottish brand’s famous distillery. Glenmorangie is famous for its continual quest for excellence, its meticulous crafting and aging of whisky. This is the inspiration behind this new collection of whiskies that blend both tradition and innovation together as seamlessly as the whiskies themselves.

 

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The new Glenmorangie collection is being specially created for both collectors and connoisseurs alike to celebrate aged whisky at its best. The Grand Vintage Malt 1990 is the first release in this collection; it celebrates one of the brand’s most memorable years. In 1990, Warehouse Number 1, where Glenmorangie Distillery’s casks of maturing whisky used to be kept, was renovated and transformed into a majestic still house, which to this day is famous for featuring the tallest copper stills in Scotland.

 

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The year 1990 was also renowned for having a difficult barley harvest as far as whisky production is concerned. Despite this, Glenmorangie managed to create an excellent nectar that is elegant with fruity, floral aromas. This vintage whisky has been aged for 25 years in casks that were once used for sherry and bourbon. It is the first in the Bond House No 1 Collection and will be joined by other equally unique single malt whiskies in the years to come.

 

The Bond House No 1 Collection of whiskies will be a showcase of Glenmorangie’s most complex and elegant vintage malts. Each will be distilled in one year. The first of these, the Grand Vintage Malt 1990, has been described as having “heady, floral and fruity notes”. Apparently, it boasts “sweet flavors of orange syrup, puff candy, honeycomb and vanilla”. It also offers connoisseurs a unique opportunity to explore a very individual whisky that defied all the odds to become an absolute delight.

 

At around $605 per bottle, this unique limited release whisky is not only worth tasting, it also offers the perfect drink to herald in a new year. If you would like to find out how you can purchase one of these exceptional bottles, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will arrange your purchase for you.

Introducing MCIII, the Ultimate Expression of Moët & Chandon

World famous French champagne house Moët & Chandon continues its relentless pursuit of excellence with a brand new bubbly that is set to revolutionize the market. Baroque Access has all the details

 

Moët & Chandon champagne is a bold, beautiful bubbly that has stood the test of time for almost three centuries (270 years to be exact). Originally founded by Claude Moët in the middle of the 18th Century, the champagne house was a family business, with a legacy of quality that still stands true to this day.

 

The latest addition to the Moët & Chandon stable is a bubbly that is synonymous with everything stylish, celebrations that involve black tie, red carpets and every other form of pomp and splendor. The new champagne, called MCIII, pushes boundaries, creating a drinking experience that represents the third century of Moët & Chandon in the best possible way. The prestige cuvée MCIII is a bold champagne, much like its predecessors, but the new iteration is a little different.

 

It’s a hybrid, a champagne created from various vintage wines that have been matured across three entirely different environments – metal, glass and wood. This blend gives MCIII a most unique and distinctive personality, rendering each of the wines integrated into the final product even stronger and bolder than before. The result of this extraordinary creation is Moët & Chandon’s most complex champagne, one that is also its most harmonious. It’s a revolutionary new tasting experience.

 

The name ‘MCIII’ expresses this bold new champagne perfectly. The MC, of course, stands for ‘Moët & Chandon’, and the ‘III’ represents the three different universes of wood, glass and metal in which the champagne was matured. The bottle is as luxurious as the final nectar itself. It’s a marriage of two universes, a luminous black glass bottle and an intricate metal cap and base. There is a third universe, too, of course – the wooden coffret in which the bottle rests.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional new champagne, or are interested in purchasing some, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will arrange this for you.

Cocktails, French couture and a luxury London stay

London’s sumptuous Café Royal Hotel is collaborating with French design house Givenchy to create 10 new cocktails in honour of L’Atelier de Givenchy fine fragrances. Baroque Access finds out all about it

The luxury Café Royal Hotel is already renowned for offering guests exclusive cocktails in its vibrant Green Bar. And now 10 brand new couture cocktails are being added to the menu in collaboration with Parfums Givenchy to celebrate the brand’s L’Atelier de Givenchy fine fragrances, especially the latest perfume in the collection – Iris Harmonique.

All 10 of these magnificent fragrance creations are available exclusively at Harrod’s in London, and the hotel’s famous Green Bar will offer the 10 corresponding couture cocktails from 22 August to the end of September 2016, at a price of just under $20 each (£15 in local currency).

 

The 10 unique cocktails were created by the Green Bar’s manager Derren King and inspired by the Green Bar’s celebration of botanicals. King has combined the world of fragrance and flavor to create these cocktails, working closely with the House of Givenchy to use their detailed perfume notes. The result is a range of tipples, from fresh, summery floral concoctions to headier and more full-bodied drinks. Each is paired with its own distinctive garnishes and glassware.

The Café Royal has a fascinating history and its guests include numerous bohemian intellectuals who frequented the Green Bar. The bar has already gained a reputation for using botanicals in producing gin and also in its mixology and is famous for crafting cocktails that celebrate the character of each individual type of gin, garnished individually to complete the experience.

In the new Givenchy cocktail collection, each cocktail has its own distinct color, as well as a unique taste and personality. It reflects the key fragrance notes that are unique to each of the 10 perfumes. King has highlighted the strong link between scent and taste. Guests will be able to experience the fragrances, too, as they will be kept behind the bar so that they can choose their preferred cocktail. The bartenders will explain each fragrance and the individual cocktail that has been designed with it in mind. Each cocktail will also be served with a scented button created especially by Givenchy for this exclusive collaboration.

 

The couture cocktail menu includes the summery ‘Chypre Caresse’, which is a delightfull mix of Slingsby London Dry Gin with exotic aromas of freshly squeezed grapefruit, agave syrup and Peychauds Bitters, topped with Prosecco and Maraschino. There’s also Oud Flamboyant, with hints of light smoke and honeycomb and woody nuances of Nikka Coffey Grain whisky, coconut black iced tea, Manuka honey and flash-flamed cinnamon. The highlight of the collection is the latest Givenchy fragrance, Iris Harmonique – the cocktail has the same name as the fragrance and includes key elements of its fragrance notes. It is a refreshing combination of coconut-infused Ketel One Vodka, kumquat liqueur and lemon zest.

All 10 Givenchy cocktails can also be prepared alcohol-free.

 

If you’re planning a visit to London, you must sample at least one of these magnificent cocktails. Let Baroque Access arrange a reservation for you at the bar. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will organize this for you. If you’d like to stay at the plush Café Royal Hotel, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can arrange that for you as well. Email them now, info@baroquetravel.com and they will make all your travel arrangements for you.

 

New York’s finest - the Gold Bar

The magnificent Gold Bar at the magnificent New York Edition has been awarded a very important accolade – it’s been nominated as one of the five best bars in the world in Virtuoso’s Best of the Best awards. Baroque Access finds out all the details

Virtuoso is an international network of luxury travel agencies that awards fine establishments and hoteliers in the hospitality industry every year for their superlative offerings in their prestigious Best of the Best hotel awards. This week, it announced the 50 nominees for its 10th annual awards, 50 different hotels and hoteliers who represent the highest standard in a given category, and also represent the latest trend in the hotel industry.

 

Interestingly enough, legendary hotels, like the Ritz Paris, which has earned its stripe during its long history, still reign. Yes, these establishments have upgraded their facilities (in fact, The Ritz, which we featured in previous weeks, has just reopened after a four year multi-million dollar refurbishment). But one cannot put a price tag on this hotel’s and other’s cachet.

Virtuoso scours the world – 7 continents and 195 different countries– to choose their final 50 nominees. Each of the nominees offers something quite unique, whether it’s superlative style, innovative design or haute cuisine. Giving back to its community will add extra kudo’s, as will setting new trends. Now, we wait with baited breath to find out the winners, which takes place during a week-long selection process. The final selections will be revealed on 10 August, during Virtuoso Travel Week’s Hotels & Resorts Dinner, which is being held at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

But let’s talk bars for a second, and give you the five nominations on the list for the Best Bar in the Best of the Best awards. They are as follows:

  • J.K. Lounge, J.K. Place Firenze, Florence, Italy
  • Prohibition, Rosewood Hotel Georgia,Vancouver, Canada
  • Polo Bar, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
  • Gold Bar, The New York EDITION, New York, United States
  • Off the Record, The Hay Adams, Washington, D.C., United States

 

As you can see, the US has two bars on the list, which bodes well. And one of these bars is located in New York City, in one of the most modern and exceptional establishments, the magnificent New York Edition, which opened its doors in 2015. This modern luxury hotel offers every possible comfort, extraordinary style and exceptional service in a unique, individual environment. It’s located in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s Flatiron District, close to Madison Square Park, housed in a building originally built in 1909 as HQ for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Boasting 41 floors and a historic clock tower with breathtaking panoramic views, the hotel is a New York City landmark.

 

The Gold Bar at the New York Edition is a horseshoe shaped bar made entirely from 24 carat gold leaf finish which is set under a 3-foot fiberglass globe chandelier designed by contemporary French artist Eric Schmitt. It boasts mahogany walls, carved plaster ceilings, original herringbone floors and hundreds of works of photography hung in gilt frames on the walls. It’s known as the place to go for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail. The bar is open from Sunday to Wednesday from11.30am to 11pm, and from 11.30am to midnight Thursday to Saturday.

 

The New York Edition’s restaurant and bar section is split into a series of themed rooms, of which the Gold Bar is one. There’s also a billiard room celebrating musicians, and three dining rooms, including the American-icons themed Dining Room. Each of the dining rooms has a different colour accent, either green, blue or rose.

 

If you would like to find out more about the New York Edition’s fabulous bars and restaurants, or more information on the exceptional Virtuoso Awards, contact Baroque Access, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will tell you everything you wish to know. We can also book a reservation at one of the three dining rooms for you. If you would like to book a stay at the exquisite New York Edition, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can assist. Contact them right away, info@baroquetravel.com.

Exclusive limited edition Hennessy

Sip this exquisite cognac slowly and savor every single drop of the Hennessy 8, a limited edition cognac that will set you back $39,000. Baroque Access finds out all about it

 

French cognac producers, Hennessy, who are incidentally the largest producers of cognac in the world, have just launched a special limited edition blend to mark the appointment of a new master blender. Yann Fillioux, nicknamed ‘The Gaurdian of the Temple’, is retiring and handing over the title to his nephew, Rinauld de Gironde, making this the eighth generation of master blenders of Hennessy cognac from the Fillioux family.

 

To honor this auspicious occasion and welcome the eighth master blender from the family, Hennessy created a special blend, aptly named Hennessy.8. This is retiring blender Yann Fillioux’s ultimate blend, one that he created himself over a period of five years, using his 50 years of experience.

 

It is available in a limited edition of just 250 bottles, each made of exquisite hand-blown Baccarat crystal that features eight inset rings. The bottle is a work of art, designed by Arik Levy, who is world-famous for his artistry and a friend of Maison Hennessy.

These exclusive bottles have other distinctive features including a crystal stopper engraved with a floral motif and a copper silk thread around the collar of the bottle that creates a medallion with the letter ‘H’ for Hennessy, which is sealed with a ribbon.

 

Each bottle is part of a set that comprises a carafe in an oak chest, which explains why it’s so expensive. The carafe, which weights 60kg, is made up of eight crystal rings that loop around the entire bottle. It was created in 25 layers and is packed in the oak chest and detailed with copper inlays. The limited edition cognac itself is a blend of eight truly exceptional eaux-de-vie, the fermented, double-distilled spirit at the center of the cognac. Retiring blender Yann Fillioux selected seven out of the eight blends to create this precious nectar as a farewell gift.

Maison Hennessy was founded in France by Richard Hennessy in 1765. The brand sells about 50 million bottles a year all over the world, representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s cognac.

 

If you would like to purchase one of these rare limited edition bottles of Hennessy.8, let Baroque Access make all the arrangements for you. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will ensure that your coveted purchase is on its way to you.

The K Bar - A new addition to London’s chic bar scene

Opened this month in west London, the area famous for its vibrant bar scene, is a brand new bar at the luxurious Kensington Hotel. Baroque Travel has all the details

If you’re in London, or planning a visit to this cosmopolitan city soon, make sure to visit K Bar, the latest chic establishment to open in west London. Located at the sumptuous Kensington Hotel, this new bar has already received lots of attention. Not surprising, as the Kensington Hotel is renowned for being a stylish establishment. Apparently the K Bar will offer one of the finest drink menus in the city, including world class cocktails. No wonder everybody’s talking about it!

 

The K Bar has been designed to resemble a sophisticated British gentlemen’s club. Its interior includes exquisite dark oak paneling including bookcases, and the décor features lots of jade green, royal blue and polished brass details. In keeping with the sophistication of a sauve, elegant gentlemen’s establishment, the K Bar will have subtle lighting, and of course, a very extensive selection of drinks, including premium wines, cocktails and spirits.

The signature cocktail menu is going to be extensive and exclusive, a mix of traditional offerings and more innovative creations featuring contemporary ingredients as well as more classic ones. And yes, there will be non-alcoholic alternatives.

 

Already, despite only being open a few days, the K Bar has gained a reputation for being a bar well worth visiting in South Kensington. The hotel, which is part of the Doyle Collection, already has a very loyal following, and the bar is likely to draw an even more loyal and sophisticated crowd.

The Bar Manager is Ben Manchester, who previously worked at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton for a decade. He is responsible for creating the innovative bar menu, and choosing the classic and lesser-known cocktails (by the way, these are served to both men and women, despite the genteel gentleman’s club feel). The glamorous champagne cocktails are already gaining a following, and the non-alcoholic iterations are just as popular.

 

Some of the more original concoctions include the Tahona Fizz (made using Don Julio Blanco tequila, celery bitters, sugar and champagne), the VA Vo Voom, which features volda, vanilla, strawberry puree, champagne and pineapple juice, and the Rose Petal, which is decorated with red rose petals – a blend of Cointreau, rose syrup, lemon juice and the hotel’s signature champagne.

Of course, once you’ve had a drink or two, you can always stay on and enjoy dinner at the hotel’s Town House Restaurant. This would round off the luxury experience in the best way possible.

 

If you’d like to visit the K Bar, enjoy dinner afterwards at the Kensington Hotel’s Town House Restaurant, or stay at the hotel when you’re next in London, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organize everything for you.

Your own exclusive movie night

The Oscars still on your mind? Why not host a private screening for 70 of your closest friends to enjoy a movie night watching an unreleased film from an acclaimed studio? Best of all, the entire experience will enable you to give back to a worthy cause!

 

Here’s an opportunity to treat up to 70 people to a private movie night in New York City to see a film that has not yet been released to the general public. Choose a featured film from the acclaimed Weinstein Company, and you and your guests will view it before its official premiere.

Your private screening will be of a film of your choice given to you by the Weinstein Company in an exclusive screening room in Manhattan. The price, of course, will depend on how many people attend the movie screening, and the movie that you choose. The proceeds are then given to the various charities supported by the Weinstein Company, which include arts initiatives, social services and health care.

 

This incredible experience is just one of many that is on offer by an exclusive marketplace for incredible luxury experiences. Baroque Access can assist you with this, or other incredible experiences of your choice and enable you to enjoy a luxury experience that gives back at the same time. There are numerous extraordinary experiences on offer, including meeting famous people, learning a craft from an expert and several bucket-list travel offerings. Each experience benefits a different worthy cause.

Let Baroque Access help you give back in a unique way, whether it’s giving an experience to someone as a gift, or sharing an experience with others, as is the case with this innovative private movie screening. Whatever type of experience you choose, it will be a memorable one, and will not only have an impact on your life, but on the lives of others in need.

 

Contact Baroque Access right away, to book your private movie screening, or any other extraordinary experience you can imagine. Aside from a list of exciting possibilities, you can also choose to make your very own wish come true. So contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com, and let us make your dreams come true, and assist a worthy cause at the same time. 

St. Regis takes its traditional Bloody Mary to Moscow

The refreshing cocktail, the Bloody Mary, was invented by Fernand Petiot at St Regis New York in 1934. The hotel group has made it a tradition to serve a Bloody Mary in all of its hotels, including the St Regis Moscow Nikoskaya. Baroque Lifestyle has all the details

 

Wherever you go in the world, you can enjoy an excellent Bloody Mary at a St Regis hotel. The recipe may differ according to the country’s customs and ingredients, but one thing is certain, you can enjoy a Bloody Mary there. The original Bloody Mary, nicknamed the Red Snapper, was originally only enjoyed by those who came to the St Regis New York.

But it wasn’t long before the cocktail became famous the world over, and the Bloody Mary has become a regular on every single bar and restaurant menu worldwide.

 

To remind the world just where this delicious drink first originated, the St Regis group of hotels offers the drink in every single one of its hotels around the globe. The latest hotel to offer a Bloody Mary is the St Regis Moscow Nikoskaya. At this plush establishment, the drink is called a Red Maria and its recipe infuses the flavors of fine Russian vodka. Of course, many of the ingredients from the original New York recipe still remain, but to make the Red Maria more authentically Russian, it’s infused with some beetroot juice and served with a side of baked beetroot chips and a mangold leaf.

 

St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya, Presidential Suite

St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya, Presidential Suite

Of course, if you’re going to savor a Red Maria or two, we strongly recommend staying in the plush Moscow St Regis as well. Located in the nation’s capital, this St Regis property is located in a building that was originally constructed as a private residence for Count Orlov-Davydov in the 1870s. The hotel, which was established in 1904, has been magnificently restored to its previous glory and offers 210 exquisite, plush rooms and suites decorated in the Belle Epoque style, all with breathtaking views of the city.

 

ST. REGIS MOSCOW NIKOLSKAYA, Rotunda

ST. REGIS MOSCOW NIKOLSKAYA, Rotunda

With an idyllic location on NIkolskaya Street, which connects Lubyanka Square with Red Square, this plush hotel is within walking distance of most sightseeing attractions, including the famous Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theater, as well as luxury department stores GUM and TSUM.


If you would like to enjoy a stay at the luxurious St Regis Moscow, contact Baroque Travel right away, and we will make your reservations for you, info@baroquetravel.com. We will also ensure that  you get to enjoy a Red Maria during your stay. For those of you who cannot get to enjoy a traditional Red Maria in Russia this Festive Season, we have an extra treat: we have managed to get hold of the recipe! Enjoy!


Red Maria, courtesy of the The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya

 

7oz / 200ml tomato juice

2tsp / 10ml Worcestershire sauce

0.5oz / 15ml fresh lemon juice

5 shakes of Tabasco

4 shakes of ground black pepper

2 shakes of salt

2tbsp / 15gr of marinated horseradish

2tsp / 10ml of fresh beetroot juice

1.5oz / 40ml of premium Russian vodka

 

Combine tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Tabasco, black pepper, salt and horseradish over ice and shake. Pour in a large tumbler glass filled with one large ice cube. Top gently with the Vodka-Beetroot mix to create two layers. Garnish with beetroot chips and one mangold leaf.

Ralph Lauren opens exclusive club in Milan

One of the highlights of this year’s Milan Fashion Week was the opening of Ralph Lauren’s first private luxury club in the fashionable city. Baroque Lifestyle found out all about it

 

An American designer stole the limelight at last month’s Milan Fashion Week. Despite the city hosting some of the most extravagant and luxurious designer collections in the world, from the likes of Versace, Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, it was American designer Ralph Lauren who was the talk of the town.

Ralph Lauren opened an exclusive, 12,000-square-foot private club that will be used as a space to host a series of private members-only events, fashion demonstrations and appointments. Called Palazzo Ralph Lauren, this sumptuous space is located in the designer’s Milan headquarters, which are housed in a historic building in the city. Offering club members a one-of-a-kind experience, Palazzo Ralph Lauren is expected to host many high profile events in the future. And if its opening events are anything to go by, these will be extremely fancy, luxe and sought-after.

 

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the designer has embarked on an entertainment venture. Ralph Lauren’s iconic Polo Bar, opened in New York in 2014, and is still one of the most popular high profile destinations in the city. But the club is the designer’s first members-only lifestyle venue. It boasts an in-house chef who is on hand to prepare gourmet delicacies, an ideal upmarket venue to showcase Ralph Lauren’s distinctive fashion collections and a private place for guests to visit for one-on-one services such as shopping or tailoring.

Naturally, Ralph Lauren’s creations are extremely unique, and distinctly American. The designer is famous for his equestrian, country, classic, country-club style, a far cry from the dramatic creations favored by Italian designers. This is possibly the reason that the club is expected to do so well in Milan. It’s completely different from the norm and offers a taste of sophisticated, unfussy American design at its very best.

 

Of course, membership to Ralph Lauren’s exclusive luxury club is difficult to come by. But that’s what makes it so covetable. If you would like to find out whether you would be applicable for membership, contact Baroque Access, info@baroqueaccess.com, right away, and we will find out for you.

The most expensive whisky in the world

It’s not new – Macallan Scotch Whisky joined forces with Lalique in 2005 to offer one-of-a-kind, ultra luxurious products. But the latest news of this inspiring collaboration between the Scotch distillery and luxury French company Lalique crystal, is quite fascinating. Baroque Access has all the details

 

Last week, a 50-year-old bottle of Macallan Scotch whisky encased in a luxurious Lalique crystal decanter, was sold for the princely sum of £43,000 (that’s approximately $65,000). And if you do your math, then we’re talking about £2,000 ($3,000) per glass. Of course, it’s doubtful that the collector is going to sample the tipple.

 

Interestingly enough, this is nothing new for the Macallan/Lalique collaboration. In 2010, the duo created the 6-liter Cire Perdue decanter containing the oldest-ever Macallan whisky ever released, a 64-year-old nectar. The unique decanter and its equally unique contents were auctioned in November 2010 by Sotheby’s New York and raised an incredible $460,000 for the innovative charity called water, which is dedicated to providing people in developing countries with clean, safe drinking water. A fine tribute to this magical collaboration. But it doesn’t end there – this amount became the new world record price for a bottle of Scotch whisky! Think about it- that’s around half a million dollars for a bottle of Scotch!


Macallan itself is much lauded. The malt, distilled in Speyside in Scotland, is 46% alcohol by volume, a perfect companion to the luxurious Lalique crystal decanter. This is the latest edition in a series of collaborations between Macallan and Lalique, a collection called the Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. The previous decanter in the collection, called the Macallan in Lalique ‘The Spiritual Home’ featured an exquisite, very rare 62-year-old Macallan single malt whisky. That particular edition was limited to only 400 individually numbered decanters.

 

The inspirational partnership between the two manufacturers is considered one of the ultimate luxury collaborations to create magnificent, desirable objets d’art. The Macallan whisky distillery estate, which was established in 1824, is also home to the Easter Elchies Houase, which was built by Captain John Grant in 1700 and is the only manor home of its kind in the UK that is part of a distillery estate.

Connoisseurs and collectors around the world have followed the Macallan/Lalique collaboration of fine rare single malt whisky and bespoke crystal decanters since its inception in 2005. And if you’re interested in adding one of these magnificent decanters to your collection, then Baroque Access can assist.

 

All you have to do is contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will help you track down a bottle of the most expensive whisky in the world. A collector’s dream, made possible by Baroque Access.

The icon is born

More than 100 years ago, Chivas Regal was established as the first luxury whisky in the world. And to celebrate this superlative tipple, Chivas Regal recently introduced Chivas Regal The Icon, an iconic example of luxury for a new era

 

As we know, icons are born, not made. And that is what Chivas Regal The Icon is all about. It’s a blend of some of the brand’s oldest and rarest whiskies, the king of a superlative range of iconic whiskies. Savoring a taste of Chivas Regal The Icon is an opportunity to enjoy the very finest whisky craftsmanship in the world, a whisky that embodies the tradition of this famous Scottish brand that was created by Master Blender Colin Scott.

 

The Icon is the most prestigious and exclusive Scottish whisky, a smooth blend of more than 20 different whiskies in Scotland, including some rare blends that have been lost forever. It’s a perfect mix of the old and the new, a combination of unique characteristics from each distillery including the rarest malts from Strahisla, Chivas Regal’s spiritual home, which is the longest continuously operating distillery to be found in the Scottish Highlands.

 

The whisky includes a number of hand-selected single malts that have been blended to create a bold, unique flavour especially for the whisky connoisseur. From this year onwards, the Master Blender will create a very limited amount of bottles of this rare elixir, a rare treat for whisky connoisseurs and collectors.

Each green bottle is a magnificent, hand-crafted masterpiece, a hand-blown crystal decanter created especially for Chivas Regal by the master craftsmen at Dartington Crystal. Each glass bottle is meticulously etched and finished with exquisitely crafted metalwork and decorated with a beautiful luckenbooth stopper, a traditional Celtic symbol of love. The distinctive green-coloured bottle, which has been the trademark color of Chivas Regal since the company’s first 25-year-old whisky was created in 1909, is certain to be a hit.

 

Of course, the tasting notes are quite sublime, celebrating the craftsmanship and excellence for which the brand is so well known. According to Master Blender Colin Scott, it’s “a truly exquisite blend - perfectly smooth with an intense concentration of sumptuous flavors that develop into an exceptionally long, lingering finish."

The inaugural edition of Chivas Regal The Icon was made available to purchase this past May in Dubai and will continue to be available there until the end of September 2015. Baroque Access can arrange a bottle for you, if you are interested, as this luxury Scotch whisky will only be freely available from October 2015 onwards for US$3,500. Contact us right away to find out all the details, info@baroqueaccess.com

Exclusive London nightclub opens in Dubai and Mykonos

One of London’s most exclusive nightclubs, Toy Room, has recently spread its wings and opened in both Dubai and Mykonos. Let Baroque Travel book your reservations in London, Dubai or Mykonos this summer

 

Now you can travel to three exciting destinations to enjoy the thrill and excitement of London’s exclusive Toy Room, a boutique nightclub that opened in London in September 2014 and is famous for offering the very best in hip hop and R&B in a luxurious, intimate setting.

 

London’s Toy Room has always boasted an extremely exclusive guest list for the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Scherzinger, Jourdan Dunn and Mollie King. It has a capacity for just 180 guests as well as 12 private tables with cosy leather couches. The atmosphere is relaxed, carefree and intimate. The club has been such a resounding success that owners Luca Maggiora and Jordan Rocca decided to expand. And so the Dubai and Mykonos establishments were designed.

 

Toy Room Dubai, which opened on April 7th, is located at the famous Al Murooj Rotana Hotel. Although a sister nightclub to Toy Room London, this one has a decided Emirates twist. The color scheme is softer, avante garde artwork on the walls is by rapper 50 Cent and designer Karl Lagerfeld, and the sound and lighting facilities are excellent. Music played has been described as hip hop with “a twist of rock”. The club is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11pm to 3am, and is already becoming popular with the rich and famous.

 

Toy Room Mykonos, which opens at the end of May, has an idyllic setting in the heart of Little Venice on the jetset Greek island of Mykonos. It’s a much smaller, more private and exclusive destination, designed in an open plan setting with exquisite bespoke furniture. Artwork on the walls was commissioned from Philippe Cardin and the lighting and sound system is going to be superlative.

 

All three Toy Room nightclubs have the same iconic mascot, Frank the Bear, a teddy bear that wears sunglasses, who will be seen dancing along with guests throughout the night in typical Toy Room style.

 

If you are planning to visit Dubai, Mykonos or London this summer, Baroque Travel will make all your travel arrangements for you, including flights, accommodation and reservations at the Toy Room. Contact us right away so that we can arrange everything for you.

The world’s most prestigious vodka brand

A recipe for one of the most iconic vodka’s ever created was discovered a century ago in Finland – and now this nectar of the Russian tsars is available to those who can afford it. Baroque Lifestyle gives us all the details about the exclusive Kors vodka brand

 

The most prestigious vodka brand in the world, Kors Vodka, was originally created for the last Russian Tsar, Nikolas II Alexandrovich Romanov at the beginning of the 20th Century. A best-kept secret, the vodka was relatively unknown by the rest of the world, except for those who received a gift from the Tsar. One of those lucky enough to be given a bottle of this extraordinary vodka was King George the Fifth of England, who also happened to be the Tsar’s first cousin.

 

The story goes that King George loved the vodka so much that he requested the recipe – and his cousin, the Tsar, sent it to him, along with a small batch of the handmade tipple. Sadly, neither the vodka nor the recipe reached their destination. But they were found on a small farm in Finland, which was known as ‘the Kors Farm’.

 

To this day, Kors vodka is known as being the purest, most exclusive vodka in the world with a flawless taste. Because the distillation recipe was discovered, the vodka is now being created again, in limited editions in the same exquisite handmade crystal bottle. With its hand-painted gold decorations, ultra-luxurious packaging and a private VIP membership required to acquire a bottle, this historic vodka is one of the most luxurious products available today.

 

Today, the vodka is still distilled as it was more than a century ago – and the distillation process is a very complex one, which is why only a very small quantity of vodka is produced on an annual basis. To achieve the taste of the original, water samples from all over Europe were tested, and finally water from the Italian Alps was selected as the ideal ingredient. This water is still used to produce Kors vodka along with rye and wheat that is hand selected from 12 different countries to ensure that the taste is as smooth as possible.

 

Of course, there’s more. The original vodka was distilled using diamond distillation and this extraordinary method created a smooth taste that cannot be replicated. It is, of course, extremely expensive to distill in this manner, but, for those who are producing this quality product, price is no object. In addition, one of the key elements of the distillation process involved pure gold tubes, and these are still used to this day.

 

The original distillery, where the vodka produced for King George the Fifth was produced, was destroyed during the Second World War, but the legacy of this superlative product still exists, thanks to the recipe being found. If you would like to get hold of one of these very precious bottles of vodka, contact Baroque Lifestyle, info@baroquelifestyle, and we will arrange it for you. But be prepared to pay for this privilege – the price for a bottle is $24,500!

The Most Elite Nightlife Destination in the Middle East

If  you’re visiting Dubai for business or pleasure, make sure to visit the city’s most elite nightlife destination, Provocateur Dubai

 

Recently opened in Dubai in the plush Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, the popular Provocateur is the place to see and be seen when you wish to party in the Middle East. Provocateur, which is already one of the most prestigious nightlife locations in NYC, has now opened an equally elite establishment in Dubai, to offer the UAE market a taste of international nightlife. Said to be the first dedicated electronic music venue in Dubai, Provocateur is a new global location for international guests.

 

Designed by Francois Frossard and Prospect Design, the venue is 7,000 square feet in size and offers guests a timeless, authentic NYC experience. Provocateur’s signature elements are apparent throughout, such as European dollhouse images and excellent lighting created by Rebeca Sanchez of Ledcontrol that create a seductive, glamorous and sophisticated ambience reminiscent of the New York venue.

 

Provocateur Dubai is the first Middle Eastern outpost of New York’s 'world traveler' nightlife destination, Provocateur. It’s open only three times a week – Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 11pm to 3am and entry is strictly by guest list only. One can book table reservations (Baroque Travel will arrange this for you!) and these are available only by booking in advance.

 

The club offers prestigious travelers a stunning party venue where they can enjoy themselves with like-minded guests. Aside from the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, the staff is also of the highest caliber, offering a superlative level of hospitality and ensuring a quality night out on the town.

 

The music program features some of the most popular DJs in the world, including Cedric Gervais, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler. Already Provocateur Dubai has become famous for a fun, sexy and sophisticated experience, and is being touted as one of the most sought-after nightlife destinations in the Middle East.

 

So, if you’re planning on visiting Dubai anytime soon, make sure you arrange your table at the most exclusive nightclub in town. Baroque Travel will make the reservations for you, so contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com to find out what the program will be when you’re in town, and to make your table booking for you.

Champagne of Champions

Once you’ve enjoyed a bottle of the legendary Armand de Brignac champagne, you’ll be hooked. Baroque Access has all the details about one of France’s best-kept secrets.

 

 Armand de Brignac is an extraordinary bespoke French champagne. Not only has it been rated as one of the best in the world, but every bottle is also a handmade masterpiece. The original bottle was designed by Paris couturier Andre Courreges, famous not only for his exquisite creations, but also for inventing the mini skirt in the Swinging Sixties.

 

As every bottle is hand-made, no two are ever the same. And that includes the exquisite pewter labels that are meticulously engraved. Of course, looking spectacular is only one aspect of this iconic brand. Armand de Brignac is created by a family of winemakers who have been in business since 1763. Today there is a small hands-on team of eight people responsible for production who ensure the uniqueness and quality that has made this rich, complex product so famous.

 

This is an artisanal way of producing luxury champagne. The family winery is based in the famous Champagne region, in a little village called Chinge les Roses, 10km from the capital, Châlons en Champagne. There is no machinery in the winery; everything is done entirely by hand, from pressing to bottling and creating the labels. And this is how Armand de Brignac produces all 70,000 bottles every year.

 

Armand de Brignac is created from what they call “the perfect balance” of Pinot Meunier grapes, combined with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The cellars are renowned for being some of the deepest in the country, and the liquid is aged in oak casks for nine months to ensure a luxurious end product. In addition, bottles are turned by hand every day, in keeping with Champagne tradition. This apparently gives the champagne “an extra touch of soul”.

 

This iconic champagne is known for being 21st Century champagne created the traditional way. There are three varieties – the original champagne, which is sold in the gold bottle, a Rosé in a rose gold bottle, and Blanc de Blanc, in a white gold bottle.  Armand de Brignac Champagne is sold in more than 120 countries around the world in various size bottles. It was chosen as the winner of the Fine Champagne Magazine Best champagne in the world awards, out of a blind tasting of 1,000 brands.

 

If you’d like to find out about how to acquire a few bottles of this iconic champagne, contact Baroque Lifestyle, info@baroquelifestyle.com and we will assist you

Finally – the recipe for the Singapore Sling

For a century Singapore’s Raffle’s Hotel has been famous not only for its luxury and history, but also for the Singapore Sling, a cocktail that one just has to have when one visits this quintessential landmark. And now, to celebrate its 100th birthday, the hotel is giving us the recipe….

 

Come September 2015, the famous cocktail, the Singapore Sling will celebrates its centenary, 100 years of being served at the sumptuous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. And if you haven’t had the privilege of staying at this iconic hotel and tasting the quintessential cocktail at the famous Long Bar, we suggest you book yourself a trip to Singapore right away.

 

Interestingly enough, in the early 1900s, men usually drank whisky and gin in public – however, it was not considered good manners for women to drink alcohol in public. And so a drink for the ladies was invented at the historic Raffles Hotel in Singapore in 1915. It was a cocktail that looked similar to fruit juice, but it had added ingredients in the form of colorless alcohol, namely gin and various liqueurs. When poured it looked pretty and feminine, much like a fruit punch. The cocktail was named the Singapore Sling and it was an instant hit.

 

It wasn’t long before people were coming to Singapore, and visiting the Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar just to sample a cocktail. In fact, the cocktail has become synonymous with a stay in Singapore, and visitors here can’t leave the city without sampling one.

 

 

Because of its popularity and world acclaim, the hotel has decided to reveal the recipe for this iconic cocktail, whose recipe still remains unchanged since its inception. Raffles Singapore can rest assured that everybody who makes a Singapore Sling in the comfort of their own home is unlikely to forgo a trip to Singapore, or a stay at the luxurious Raffles establishment. In fact, being able to savor the cocktail at home will probably make them hanker after a trip to Singapore!

 

So, just in time for the summer, here’s the recipe for this iconic cocktail…

Singapore Sling

Shake the following ingredients together:

30ml gin, 15ml Cherry Brandy, 7.5ml Dom Benedictin, 7.5ml Cointreau, 15ml lime juice and 10ml Grenadine. Add a dash of Angustora Bitters and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry. If you’d like a sparkling version of a Singapore Sling, you can add a little champagne.

 

If you’d like to book yourself a trip to Singapore, contact Baroque Travel by emailing info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange your trip for you, including a stay at the famous Raffles Singapore. In addition, we can help you purchase a Singapore Sling glass with the commemorative 100th anniversary logo on it. Contact us right away!

The Glamorous Nightlife in Dubai

Celebrate the end of 2015 and see in the New Year in style at our choice of Dubai’s chicest venues.

Provocateur

It’s only been open for just over two weeks, and already New York’s sister nightclub Provocateur is causing a stir in Dubai. Launched in Dubai  at the brand new Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach on December 18, this upscale nightclub offers revelers the New York club’s signature style of service, music, hospitality and fun. According to club owners Brian Gefter and Michael Satsky, opening in Dubai was the next step as the city is “an international hub for Provocateur’s ‘world traveler’ clientele”.

The club is 7,000 square feet in size, and was designed by Francois Frossard and Prospect Design. Signature elements of the original NYC club are featured, including lighting created by Rebeca Sanchez. The club is set to become Dubai’s “heart of electronic music” and will feature international talent. If it follows the NY club’s lead, artists such as Deadmau5, Jamie Jones, Steve Angello and Tiesto will be featured. The owners have promised the same level of DJ talent.

www.provocateurdubai.com/

 

 

Armani Prive VIP Lounge

This lively, uber stylish lounge has become a popular venue, the place to go to have fun and dance to the wee hours to the DJ’s vibrant beats. Launched by fashion icon Giorgio Armani himself, the club is one of a growing selection of chic new Dubai venues. The elegant, exclusive VIP Lounge features a lounge area, bar and dance floor, all embellished with slick black and white décor. In keeping with Armani, the club is luxurious, slick and stylish, as are the people who frequent it.

www.dubainight.com

 

Barasti Beach Bar, Dubai

This lively addition to Dubai’s nightclub scene is one of the most popular. The bech venue’s dance floor is packed on weekends, and the DJ makes sure that the party never stops. The bar features two separate floors, so if you tire of all the noise, you can head downstairs for a quiet drink to recharge, before going back upstairs to dance the night away. There’s nothing nicer than being able to let loose so close to the sea. Music is great, the menu is delicious and the cocktails are legendary.

www.barastibeach.com

 

The Act, Shangri-La Hotel

This innovative location hails from Las Vegas, home of risqué stage performances, so you can expect lots of fun. This is Dubai’s first theater club, and has become one of the most popular night-time venues. It’s situated on the 42nd and 43rd floors of the Shangri-La Hotel, making it the highest theater in the world and the theater offerings are quite unique, with a stunning range of breathtaking variety acts. Of course, the Peruvian food and crazy cocktails just add to the fun.

New Year’s Eve 2014 is expected to be a highlight, with a lavish 5-course dinner followed by weird and wonderful performances and music. Your vantage point up high is ideal to watch the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks as the countdown to 2015 begins.

www.theactdubai.com

 

VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

One of Dubai’s famous venues, the VIP room is a lively French-style nightclub styled to resemble the likes of jetset St Tropez, Cannes and Paris. VIP guests do frequent the club, and you could easily rub shoulders with the likes of Kanye West, Johnny Depp, Rihanna and Madonna. This club is glamorous, stylish and the place to see and be seen.

www.viproom-dubai.com

 

Pacha, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Yes, Ibiza club Pacha has opened in Dubai, so get over there and enjoy the party! Of course, one of the reasons to visit Pacha is to find out whether super DJs of the caliber of David Guetta, Roger Sanchez and Eric Morillo will make an appearance. The club takes up three floors of the Madinat Jumeirah, and includes a rooftop terrace, bar and restaurant as well as the club.

www.pacha.ae/

 

White, Meydan Grandstand Rooftop, Meydan Hotel, Dubai

The iconic White Club in Beirut has now opened in Dubai, too at Meydan Racecourse, and is fast becoming one of the hottest nightspots in the city. Whilst the Lebanon club is renowned as being the finest night spot in the Middle East, there’s no question that this one will also make waves. Right now, it’s pumping during the Festive Season, and is expected to be one of the best places to enjoy New Year’s Eve.

www.whitedubai.com