Sex Shopping and Club Hopping in Other Cities
updated 06/01/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/01/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
441 Stuart St.
With none of the stare masters found at coed gyms, this women-only chain has a low-key vibe, but packed yoga classes can be rough on the chakras.
SHOPPING: HOUSE OF THE CULTURE
286 Newbury St.
Patrick Petty, a stylist for actor Mark Wahlberg when he was music's Marky Mark, stocks clothes as classy and sassy as the decor: Billie Holiday posters and MTV.
BRUNCH: TREMONT 647
647 Tremont St.
Patrons (some in pj's) appear for serious R&R—rehash and recovery—at the Pajama Brunch, served by waiters in flannel. Bring your bedhead.
35 Stanhope St.
Wear solids to this French-Brazilian newcomer so as not to clash with the zebra-print banquettes. Liquid assets include the Phat Cosmo, made with five kinds of vodka.
246 Tremont St.
A chic, sultry prelude to "Your place or mine?" When the doors open at 11 the double air kisses and global come-ons start flying faster than a Lamborghini.
GYM: THE SPA OF EDEN
4525 Collins Ave.
Groovy classes, an ocean view and Ricky Martin sightings in the heart of swinging South Beach help lighten the annual fee of $900 to $1,300.
Bal Harbor Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.
Attention shoppers: Cocktails are being served in the dressing room along with Roberto Cavalli prints and funky Voyage jeans.
BRUNCH: THE BIG PINK
157 Collins Ave.
It's loud, cramped and filled with lovelies—like the club you just left. That's why you need B.P.'s fabulous homemade onion rings and potato soup.
929 Washington Ave.
Dinner and drinks while lounging on a futon may sound like a night in, but at 10:30 the slumber party turns to house party, and everyone stays out dancing well past their b.e.d. time.
NIGHTSPOT: PEARL CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
1 Ocean Dr.
Dark, retro and popular with fashion designers, the lava-lamp feel is enhanced by the bubbles in actual bubbly—from $70 to $5,000 a bottle.
GYM: EAST BANK CLUB
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Nine tennis courts, four pools and three cafes make this more country club than fitness club. Spin classes are popular, so arrive early.
1643 N. Damen Ave.
Should Dennis Rodman suddenly appear among the $75 wrap dresses or $980 orange leather jackets, don't gasp—he's pals with the owners.
BRUNCH: TOAST 746 W.
Meet the locals during what can be a one-hour wait to scarf huge Bloody Marys, veggie eggs Benedict and lemon poppy-seed pancakes.
619 W. Randolph St.
A stark-white minimalist decor is the museum-like background for artistic twists on classics like fish soup and tuna.
NIGHTSPOT: FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE
728 W. Grand Ave.
The studied ennui and cigar smoke get heavy, and the VIPs hunker in private rooms, but the edgy dance tunes and scaaary murals keep people moving.
GYM: CRUNCH 8000
Circus Sports teaches trapeze (swinging) technique, and this fall Firefighter Training will be led by a real guy in rubber. Would Samantha love it here or what?
SHOPPING: FRED SEGAL
8118 Melrose Ave.
From Puma to Pucci, Diesel to DKNY, this block-long, red-hot nexus of retail therapy has it all. Ask frequent buyer Sarah Jessica Parker.
BRUNCH: HOLLYWOOD HILLS COFFEE SHOP
6145 Franklin Ave.
All-day breakfast served with zero attitude at this Best Western hotel—Brad Pitt flips over the pancakes.
DINNER: SUNSET ROOM
1430 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
When Carrie & Co. visited L.A., they filmed at this très trendy Frenchified boîte (below), where most VIPs prefer drinks in one of the eight private cabanas.
NIGHTSPOT: SKY BAR
8440 Sunset Blvd.
Sample a blue Sky martini made with pineapple juice and curaçao while staring at the stars above at this open-air celebrity hangout. Beware: The pool is just steps away.
GYM: RESULT, THE GYM
1612 U St. NW
Great name, urban funk aerobics classes and tanning beds for that "I don't work for the government" glow. All for $68 per month.
2102 18th St. NW
Shhh. This gem—with discounted Chloé, Ungaro and Anna Sui from New York City showrooms—is as tiny as its sample sizes, so only best gal pals can know.
BRUNCH: GEORGIA BROWN'S
950 15th St. NW
Late risers craving southern comfort get it at a soul-food buffet serving up fried chicken alongside Frogmore Stew (no frogs—just shrimp, clams and other seafood) and live jazz.
1811 Columbia Rd. NW
The sushi, rooftop deck and Sunday drag-queen get-togethers are all cool, say young go-getters. The Beltway lawyer types are not.
915 F St. NW
Bartenders now ply their trade in this former bank, where movers shake to techno pulsing from the giant dance floor.