Sure, Amsterdam is a huge cultural hub, but let’s not forget that the Dutch city is also a perfect place to party. And one of the best spots to do so is Jimmy Woo, the elegant nightclub with a quirky Asian-themed twist. Black couches, circular booths, and bright purple lights line the upstairs level, giving guests a peak into the imaginary “Mr. Woo’s” home. Meanwhile, sheer curtains divide a more exclusive section, appropriately set upon a lit-up pedestal. Throughout the night, the club’s chic, elegant, and international clientele can be seen on the upstairs level chatting over seemingly limitless bottles. But after 1am, the party really gets started, as Leidseplein’s stylish set slowly slinks downstairs to dance beneath the alluring special effects of 12,000 lightbulbs. While many associate Amsterdam’s nightlife with house and techno, Jimmy Woo is all about a more funky playlist full of bumping bass. It’s no wonder the place has been considered one of the most elite in all of the Dam.
While Paris is no New York or Barcelona when it comes to nightlife, there are definitely still some hot spots worth checking out. Trek up to Paris’ Pigalle neighborhood, the notoriously sleazy “red light district,” and be amazed by this diamond in the rough: Le Carmen.
It doesn’t get more “Parisian chic” than here, noted by the sophisticated yet youthful crowd ready to let loose to live acoustic performances or eclectic DJ sets. Upon entering, guests are greeted by beautiful rococo décor that could rival the Louvre, while the pitch black rooms are illuminated by mysterious, sinister red lighting. The bartenders always know how to make a good drink, eager to get creative if a guest is unsure of what they want, but there’s no need to shovel out all of your Euros to quench your thirst.
Le Carmen does, however, lean more towards the exclusive side. Though not quite as elite as partner clubs Le Baron and Le Montana, Carmen is definitely a choosy lady, so come prepared. Amidst the young hipsters, Le Carmen often welcomes artists, models, and other Paris VIPs; you’ve got to talk the talk and walk the walk to join the party. If you can successfully move the doorman, you’re in for a fun night at one of the best spots in town.
Please excuse the low-quality iPhone picture, but there are no photos allowed in Club Silencio, Paris’ ultra exclusive nightlife destination. Dark walls are garnished with offbeat artwork, as guests descend numerous stairs in complete silence . Finally, they step into a beautiful cave tucked away on Rue Montmartre and discover a piece of director David Lynch’s imagination.
The notoriously innovative filmmaker’s vision is translated into potentially the most lavish club in Paris. Every part of the venue is detailed with sleek black and metallic gold, culminating in a minimalist, luxurious social setting. From the fascinating paneled ceilings to the pristinely shined bars and tabletops, every element releases a silent scream of sophistication. It doesn’t hurt that there’s also an expansive and inventive selection of original cocktails, and Silencio even smells beautifully.
But it’s more than just another discothèque; Silencio’s members-only draw is one of the many things that sets it apart from the rest. Applicants must prove their place in creative industries such as art, film, and fashion in order to gain ultimate access to the club. Though it’s open to the public after midnight, from 6pm until 12am, the glossy lounge holds several events for its lucky members, including talks, film screenings, concerts, and other exciting cultural and artistic experiences. Of course, with all of these fantastic features, it’s not surprising that David Lynch’s visionary site is the perfect place to spot a variety of celebrities and fashionistas.
Silencio isn’t only something to see, it’s something to feel and experience.
There’s a lot going on in the Northeast starting this weekend and going well into the next couple of months. Whether you’re looking for a music festival, fashion events, or simply some party plans, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here are some awesome events in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia that will kick of this fall on an epic note.
Atlantic City, New Jersey probably has a less than positive reputation. However, HQ Beach Club and Nightclub in the recently opened Revel Resort are quickly turning that around with stellar partying experiences. But what else would you expect from the always optimal EMM Group? This year’s Labor Day Weekend is set to be an big one, and AC is ready for the festivities. EC Twins will be spinning at the Beach Club on August 31, while huge DJ’s like Danny Avila and Kaskade will be performing at the nightclub on August 30 and September 2, respectively. But the party doesn’t stop after Labor Day. Even more will be going on through September, including a couple events with Dirty South and R3HAB, and it all culminates in HQ Beach Club’s closing party on September 22. Find out more information on Revel Nightlife’s website.
Labor Day Weekend in the Hamptons
If the jersey shore doesn’t float your boat, it’s never a bad idea to head off to the Hamptons for the weekend. Typically an invite-only type of situation, you’d better call up some of your most posh friends for this Empire State getaway.
Made in America
Offering more of a mélange than most music festivals, Jay Z’s Made in America is going to bring lots of high energy and superb performances to Philadelphia this Labor Day Weekend. The two-day event (August 31 and September 1) features a variety of genres; EDM from the likes of Porter Robinson and Wolfgang Gartner will be heard next to hip hop from A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar, while artists like Emeli Sandé and Miguel will also take the stage. On the 1st, Calvin Harris and Queens of the Stone Age get the crowd warmed up for the iconic Nine Inch Nails, but the day before could be potentially more enticing. After buzzworthy sets from Deadmau5 and Phoenix, the night will belong to Beyoncé, and it’s likely that all of Philly will shut down in awe.
If the DJ’s at Made in America aren’t giving your necessary dose of EDM, then head up to New York for Electric Zoo (aka EZOO) this Labor Day Weekend. From August 30 through September 1, crowds will be sent into a frenzy of dance and celebration, as artists like Alesso, Avicii, Above & Beyond, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, and Knife Party take over NYC. And that’s just the first day! The rest of the weekend includes performances by Tiësto, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Zedd, and our favorite, Diplo. It’s more than likely that tickets to this event got snatched up right away, but it never hurts to look into the details a little more.
New York Fashion Week
You thought it was just about partying? We’d never forget about fashion. The spring 2014 ready-to-wear collections are coming, and it all starts at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. From September 5 through 12, our favorite American designers will show us what they’ve got for the upcoming season. Of course, there will be plenty of events surrounding all the NYFW shows, so don’t miss out on all the activity that will start off this Fashion Month.
Boston Calling Music Festival
Beantown is going to get the music festival it deserves on September 7 and 8. Kendrick Lamar, Wolfgang Gartner, and Solange will all be at Boston Calling, right off the heels of Made in America. Meanwhile, artists like Flume, Flosstradamus, Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, and Major Lazer will put together another varied event like that in Philly. Check out more info here!
Sort of a continuation of the theme of “Nocturne,” this spread shows some moments from my birthday weekend earlier this month in New York. The nightlife photos are from Le Bain and EVR NYC, and the skyline photos are from a friend’s apartment in Brooklyn. All of the photos are by Jackie Robertson. Enjoy!