What to Do This Week in LA, Miami, and NYC

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As the last autumn leaves fall, inspiring new openings rise. In New York, we’re excited to go back to the days when people carried actually steamer trunks on luxury liners with a vintage Louis Vuitton exhibition. In Los Angeles, there is finally a perch above it all on the PCH to just throw back a civilized whiskey. And in Miami, Wynwood has a new rooftop lounge of note to be so above it all. It is its first, give us more. Transport, thyself, to all.


When he was just 14, Louis Vuitton apprenticed as a box maker. It led to him constructing in 1854 what is largely considered the first flat piece of modern luggage. The rest is history: luxury trunks, writing desks, and, ultimately, haute couture. This Thursday, go see this amazing show at the former American Stock Exchange at 86 Trinity Street of rare and intimate pieces designed by what is still the most estimable French fashion house. The exhibit is called Volez, Voguez, Voyagez Exhibition. While there, you can also learn how to customize your own travel trunk, utilizing iconic hotel labels for detail. It’s up through January 7.


Ever wondered why the vast stretch of Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway has never had a toasty hospice off the shoulder to just chill and take in woodsy-salty breezes, away from the notorious Hollywood discretions of speedy-drunky Downey, Nolte, and Gibson, among so many others? You got it, kids: a new whiskey spot called the Double Barrel Room in the indoor-outdoor attic of the iconic Saddle Peak Lodge. Road trip there, and stay for a while. It opened last month, featuring just about the only mountainside patio bar this side of Topanga. This is the hideaway for intimate gatherings or sunset dates. Besides the ancient chess sets, exotic animal skins (so un-PC!), and those panoramic canyon views, you may even spot living and breathing coyotes or deer surrounding you. Go early in the week, say, Tuesday, to just Twin Peaks a day into night away.


As Art Basel encroaches, what better time for the Miami-reviving Wynwood Arts District to have a new rooftop lounge open, a tiki bar, no less? It’s called No. 3 Social, brought to you by reputed Chef Norman Van Aken. It opened late last month in Wynwood Arcade. Wednesday night sounds just about right. At the tiki bar, there’s a glass roof and fresh-ingredient tropical concoctions. Below, there is a restaurant called Three, which has various levels of prix-fixe offerings. Just talk about artsy-fartsy badinage and various low-minded stuff, and relax in this double-whammy oasis. Winter–and Basel–is coming.

Photo courtesy of Meriç Dağlı

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of "A Fitzgerald Companion."