Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2009

2. The Sunset Lounge, Miami Beach

Once you've been primped into submission and are ready to soak up the carnival that is South Beach, head straight to the Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian Hotel, where the Botoxed and the über-muscled arrive to show off their workouts amid a veritable orgy of space-age plastics and Renaissance design flourishes. In addition to postcard-perfect views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami — and, yes, incredible sunsets — the lounge boasts an encyclopedic menu of Brazilian cachaca cocktails infused with everything from cardamom to lemongrass. Friday nights are most popular, when the DJ gets Latin-groovy and the Bentley-driving set pours in to nibble Kobe beef sliders and order champagne by the bottle.