From the new to the tried-and-true, here’s a city by city round up of places to unwind. Because after a long week on the grind, the next order of business should be to play hard.
ATLANTA: Cafe Circa Restaurant Bar
It’s a restaurant mostly, but still attracts a loungelike crowd. Especially on the weekends when live music, drinks, tasty nibbles, and cool professional revelers frequently coalesce for great times. Low lighting mixed with a Parisian-like decor fit for seduction keep Cafe Circa’s sexy factor high. 464 Edgewood Avenue SE. 404.477.0008
A luxe sports bar by day, Social25 transforms at night into a sexy scene, one of the few spots that closes at 5 a.m. (on Saturdays). 25 W. Hubbard St., 312.670.2200
DETROIT: Pulse Lounge
Red walls, sexy bartenders, and sleek South Beach decor rule this downtown haven. Thursday nights are great for martinis, and you can definitely get lost in the groove of the DJ’s sensual mix of deep house . 156 Monroe, 313.420.0313
NEW YORK: Macao Trading Co.
In-the-know locals who dare to brave the lounge scene on a Saturday night will find a welcome respite in the subterranean lair beneath this Asian-Portuguese(ish) restaurant. For the post-dinner amusement of a well-heeled downtown crowd, a DJ cranks things up starting at 11pm. 311 Church St., 212-431-8750
PHILLY: G Lounge
This go-to underground spot (literally, you have to walk down a flight of steps from the street) is a nightly favorite of Philly’s glitterrati, musicians, and actors. Bottle service, VIP lounges, and an in-house concierge are just the tip of the sparkling iceberg: G Lounge is the only club in the city to offer the Mogul Room—invite-only access to an ultra-private space hidden behind steel doors. 117 S. 17th St., 215-564-1515
WASHINGTON DC: The Gibson
Inspired by the vibe of an old-fashioned speakeasy, this lounge from the owners of Marvin serves up sophisticated cocktails in an intimate, candlelit space. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular—be sure to make a reservation to book your two-hour table slot. 2009 14th St. N.W. 202.232.2154