2002 | T+L100 Great Escapes: After Dark
59 Small Pleasures
The Studio 54 era has finally bitten the dust, as nightspots go the way of the incredible shrinking cell phone. "People are looking for places with a more human touch," says L.A.-based nightlife impresario Sean Macpherson. "Personally, at the age of thirty-seven, I don't want to be in a cavernous disco." One of the hottest additions to the London bar scene is the Blue Bar (Wilton Place; 44-207/235-6000). Maximum capacity: 40. New York's SoHo Grand hotel recently opened the Grand Bar (310 W. Broadway; 212/519-6500), which isn't that grand—only 75 people can fit inside. Ben Butler, a resident DJ, says he prefers small spaces because "you don't have to make people dance." That's not the case at Manhattan's Passerby (436 W. 15th St.; 212/206-6847), which has a Saturday Night Fever—style dance floor the size of a walk-in closet. In Hong Kong the place to be is the mini-disco at Felix (Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Rd., Kowloon; 852/2920-2888). Luckily, the walls are padded.
60 Cocktail Hour
Three experts predict what we'll be sipping in 2002:
Ben Pundole (manager of Ian Schrager's hotel bars): "Comfort drinks, like eggnog and mulled wine."
Salvatore Calabrese (author of Classic Cocktails and bartender at the Lanesborough Library Bar in London): "The Bellini—this year's martini."
Ben Reed (author of Cool Cocktails): "Drinks with ingredients from the kitchen: basil, thyme, lemongrass."
67 City of (Night) Light
In Paris, there's more to nightlife these days than strobe lights and celebrity disc jockeys. With yoga lessons and a bookstore, the soon-to-open Nirvana (3 Rue Matignon) lets you indulge all your senses. Newly redesigned by Jacques García, Le Cabaret (68 Rue Pierre-Char- ron; 33-1/42-89-44-14) provides a sense of tranquillity in its River room, inspired by the Taj Mahal. And in a docked boat on the Seine, Batofar (33-1/56-29-10-23; www.batofar.org) is an oasis for landlocked Parisians.
68 Armchair Travel
THE GLOBAL BEAT Sound tracks from far-off clubs bring the party to you. This year's hottest releases: Café del Mar Volume Nine, tunes inspired by the Ibiza beach bar; Man Ray, Asian beats from Paris's reigning supper club; Arabesque Zoudge, Moroccan music via Momo, London's hippest lounge; and The Tank Sessions, the sound track for Sydney's most glam dance spot.