T+L Reports: Europe's Newest Nightlife Capitals
St.-Tropez?Passé. Ibiza?So over. The summer's hottest spots for bar-hopping are not where you'd expect. PUERTO BANUS In this town near Marbella, Spain, London party girls and billionaire sheikhs flaunt their cash at the Plaza Beach Terrace (44-207/731-0000), an open-air club with stunning sea views. LISBON Chic locals head to the Alcântara Café (15 Rua Maria Luisa Holstein; 351-21/363-7176; dinner for two $60), an Art Deco-style restaurant and bar in a capacious former printing works, and then slip over to the labyrinthine club Lux (Avda. Infante Dom Henrique; 351-218/820-890). MOSCOW Nouveau riche young Russians and jet-setters alike mingle at Milk & Honey (38 Ulitsa Myasnitskaya; 7-095/928-9947), an over-the-top, baroque lounge, then move on to Osen (3 Teatr alny Proyezd; 7-095/921-9888), a bar that practices the infamous Moscow door policy of "face control." BERLIN The hippest clubs are Greenwich (5 Gipsstrasse, Mitte; 49-30/2809-5566), a narrow bar framed in lime-colored leather, and Universum Lounge (153 Kurfürstendamm; 49-30/8906-4995), a former Bauhaus cinema with space-age furnishings. Still dancing at dawn?Dangerous Drums (www.dangerous-drums.de), a roaming tribal-electronica party usually at the club Pfefferbank (176 Schönhauser Allee), is a must.
Founded by Heinz Gindullis, the man behind popular Berlin nightclub, Cookies, Greenwich is an upscale bar for Berliners and tourists in-the-know. The space has a decidedly A-list feel, and its shuttered windows, designed to shield the interior from curious passersby, coupled with its chic décor, including green banquettes, a green, backlit bar, and fish tanks built into the walls, lend the bar an air of exclusivity. The attractive staff serves premium cocktails to a crowd of both businesspeople and young clubgoers.
Milk & Honey, Moscow
Promoter Manuel Reis's club at the docks is the place to go to dance to pumping house music all night long with a lively crowd of creative types and bar-crawlers.
A place to see-and-be-seen, the Alcantara Cafe, in the neighborhood of the same name, is housed in a 600-year-old timber warehouse that was formerly a printing factory. Redesigned in 1989, the Baroque-industrial decor is stunning — high ceilings, fluted steel columns, drapes of red velvet, large arched mirrors, and multi-paned windows. Classical sculptures and marble walls surround the wooden tables and burgundy leather seats. International and Portuguese cuisine is served, with the steak tartare being a signature dish. The Portuguese entree of the day may include the fried codfish (bacalhau) or meat and bean stew (feijoada).
Plaza Beach Terrace
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
To reach the wilderness resort that defines the word “glamping” (or glamorous camping), guests fly in by floatplane and then travel on by horse and wagon to the camp. Twenty white, luxury tents are set in the backwoods of Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. All have cozy propane wood stoves, oil lamps, and candles, as well as furnishings like antique dressers and real China. Dine on West Coast cuisine, play pool in the games tent, or relax in a wood-fired hot tub. The resort provides outdoor gear to guests, such as rainwear, horse-riding boots, fishing tackle, and mountain bikes.