The Armory Club
The owner of the porn site Kink.com is behind this haute, damask-walled Mission district hideaway.
The Vibe: The crowd downs glasses of Beaujolais and German pilsners in a room that complements the clubby feel (underlit amber-onyx bar) with a hint of danger (bondage paintings).
London invades U Street with this hip, tri-level English pub whose rooftop deck and second-floor lounge are always bustling.
The Vibe: The Boddingtons on tap, antler chandeliers, and historical images decorating the walls evoke a British hunting lodge.
Goat Town's Leif Huckman channels Havana Club cool at this rum-soaked scenester destination in South Williamsburg.
The Vibe: Whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, and reclaimed pine-wood floors offset the tropical-inflected drinks menu: The popular Scarlet Fever is composed of two rums, pineapple and lime juices, and cinnabark syrup.
This Gold Coast den atop the Raffaello hotel boasts a 1,500-square-foot terrace with grand views of Lake Michigan, plus a posh indoor lounge.
The Vibe: This sky-high perch—appointed with brass fixtures and dark-wood paneling—also features cutting-edge cocktails from mixology wizard Craig Schoettler (formerly of Grant Achatz's Aviary).
The gents responsible for glamorous L.A. joints like the Dime and Winston return with this glossy, retro-futuristic hot spot in West Hollywood.
The Vibe: Rat Pack–era glitz gets an upgrade as a red-carpet crowd sips martinis and champagne in leather-wrapped booths amid glowing, golden circular set pieces.