Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two for Tuesday

Current coastal obsessions...

West: PBR, shot of Beam and a white Buffalo head. Such is the recipe for San Diego's El Dorado Cocktail Lounge. The three members of local act Dirty Sweet have launched a welcome addition to the rather stale bar decor of Southern California.

East: Despite the somewhat annoying gentrification of New York's Bond Street (yes Mr. Schrager, I'm pointing at you), few can deny the raw style that bleeds from this small section of lower Manhattan. Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte (former marketing director for Earnest Sewn and Freeman's) are the latest to jump on board with the newest collaboration. The Smile, which is officially set to open March 8, is a "conceptual" mix of vintage boutique, Mediterranean Cafe and a tattoo parlor (headed by Scott Campbell). If you don't love this, you don't have a heartbeat. Now we can all get sleeved-out while nibbling on our morning croissant.