San Diego

Lounge Lizards Love VIP Hot Spots

Jan 8th 2011 8:30AM / by Nanette Wiser

Bottle clubs and Vegas-style lounges abound where you can get your freak on, rubbing elbows with Hollywood hoi polloi and local hotties who may be your next Cupid crush. E-mail or call ahead to reserve bottle service, a VIP package or access to the private lounges. Dress down or up with style.

Ivy Nightclub At Andaz: The W started the aerie rage, but Ivy's poolside hullabaloo one-ups it with celebrity guest DJs, Lipstik Inc. go-go dancers (who for a price will wiggle tableside or pull you on the stage), an 88-bottle wine bar and VIP bottle service. Elevate your party posse to "The Sure Thing": a champagne toast, one premium liquor with mixers, a hotel room and an intimacy kit if you dare. Weekday happy hour from 5pm to 8pm features $5 Grey Goose or five tastes for $5 wines.
600 F St., Downtown; 619-814-2055

Eden San Diego: Drink, CrEATion, Dance: In October, DJ entrepreneur David Laurent (Side Bar) and chef Scotty Wagner's new love child started serving global fare and a bodacious brunch in advance of the club's updo. After the Tuesday, January 11 grand opening with The Perry Twins, the eclectic entertainment complex "will serve as San Diego's foremost gay and lesbian venue," says nightlife manager Michael Mack. It features bottle service, an expanded dance floor, pulsating light and sound shows, and plush seating.
1202 University Ave., Hillcrest; 619-236-3336

FleetWood: This relaxing bar, restaurant and lounge features contemporary décor, an outdoor patio, wireless access, leather couches, oversized TVs (nine 50-inch screens and two 10-foot screens) and laid-back chic where you can sip champagne and brunch on the same couch where you necked till 2am. By night, the sports den converts to an underground, San Francisco-style lounge with sick DJs, cool crowds, bottle service and chef Mark Bolton's comforting American dishes on the late night menu (bacon-wrapped meatloaf, beer-battered prawns).
639 J St., Downtown; 619-702-7700

Hard Rock Hotel: Heaven and hell, both under one roof. Upstairs, the angels boogie under the stars at Float's rooftop poolside lounge with a private VIP cabana complete with flat-screen TV and mini-bar, or hang-out on the sectional seating and opium beds flanking the fire pit. Downstairs at 207, little devils scramble for action in a black leather bar studded with white crocodile bar stools and crystal chandeliers, heated up Thursdays to Saturdays by local spin doctors' pulsing beats.
207 5th Ave., Downtown; 619-764-6926

Fluxx: The ultimate Vegas experience, this 11,000-square-foot nightclub caters to stylish clientele (hosting A-list celebs like Usher and Snoop Dogg) and features partymeister Sid Vicious Saturday, vibrant color, eye-popping cocktails, a pulsating sound system and a collection of eye candy, fetish freaks, cirque performers and sexy dancers. Music ranges from mash-ups to house, from hip hop to soul-shaking live bands. Look for drink specials, but dine before you arrive (limited menu).
500 4th Ave., Downtown; 619-232-8100

Stingaree: Check out celebrity guests (Paris Hilton, Kate Hudson, Fergie, John Legend and Kanye West all played here) at this Conde Nast Traveler hot spot. This posh state-of-the-art nightclub and restaurant blend superstar buzz with three floors of hipster shenanigans, including fishnet-clad bikini dancers in cages. Top-notch bottle service and rooftop cabanas set the stage for romance as does the sizzling hot menu (crispy skin Sonoma duck breast in a whiskey cherry sauce, caramelized Negro sea scallops) and sensational specialty drinks (ply her with Strawberry Seduction, him with Get Wet 12).
454 6th Ave., Downtown; 619-544-9500

Photo by kaoticsnow, Flickr

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