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Bruno Mars' unique cocktail lounge, The Pinky Ring

Bruno Mars, a long-time Las Vegas performer, wanted a personal party spot in the city. He desired a place with live music and top-notch cocktails. This led him to create Pinky Ring at the Bellagio. The cocktail lounge, separate from the casino’s noise, spans a 5,000-square-foot area. It’s inspired by ’70s luxury and museum design, offering a unique, glamorous speakeasy experience.

Upon entry, guests pass through a mirrored corridor, a transition from the outside world. The main bar and lounge lead to a conversation pit with curvy banquettes and velvet armchairs. The dim lighting sets the mood for the signature cocktails like the Hooligan and the Mars Mocha. DJs play vinyl records all night. Phones are not allowed, maintaining the lounge’s exclusivity. But as they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

CAPE TOWN

The Blue Café

The Blue Café, with a history spanning over a hundred years, is a cherished symbol of community in Tamboerskloof. Locals frequent the café not just for coffee, light meals, and deli produce, but also as a place to engage with their neighbours. Situated against Table Mountain and Victorian buildings, the café is a community hub.

The owners have initiated a wonderful project, urging local parents to let their children harvest fruits and vegetables from their gardens for sale at the café.

The café began operations between the mid-1890s and early 1900s, and has been owned by several families since. Named for the iconic blue hue of its building, The Blue Café became a local landmark under the ownership of Jeanne and Murray von Hirschberg. The café’s menu ranges from breakfast to dinner, including cakes, pastries, and deli items. All dishes are prepared from scratch, using the freshest local ingredients, often sourced from the Tamboerskloof community.

13 Brownlow Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

LONDON

THE HERMÈS SUITE

Recent hotel-fashion collaborations show that consumers want experiences more than products. Hotels are responding by designing rooms inspired by fashion designers. The Milestone Hotel in London has a suite inspired by the 19th century French designer, Hermès. The suite is spacious, decorated in rich emerald green velvet and a tall bronze four-poster bed. The walls are upholstered and adorned with framed vintage Hermès scarves. From $4000/night

1 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL

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