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The Armory Club
San Francisco
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).

The Brixton
Washington, D.C.
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).

Los Angeles
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.

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