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For live music/theater shows: Joe's Pub http://www.publictheater.org/en/Joes-Pub-at-the-Public/ Comedy: Comedy Cellar http://www.comedycellar.com/ Depending on when you are in NYC, some of the museums have live music/art/food... See More
Check out Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles for something a bit more special. If you prefer the beach, I agree that Shutters On the Beach is a great option. http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air See More
The Fig bar at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica has a fantastic happy hour menu (half off almost everything on the menu). Plus, you can take the drinks outside by the fireplace. We just launched an app to help travelers save the places and events... See More
Here are two options -- very different experiences: 1. Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro http://www.fasano.com.br/ 2. Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais & Chateaux http://www.santa-teresa-hotel.com/ Fasano is across from... See More
atera in Tribeca is a bit less known but one of the most memorable meals: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/dining/reviews/atera-in-tribeca.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 A few others to check out: Brooklyn Fare Le... See More
Renting a car would be the best way and give you flexibility. You can get rates as low $16 per day. Plus, you might need the car once you are in San Diego as well. Definitely don't take a taxi -- it will be super expensive. See More