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Salón Hecho, New York City

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, October 21 09:00 AM

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Just when we considered ourselves fluent in the upscale Mexican nightlife movement sweeping Nueva York, along comes Salón Hecho to school us in a whole new lingua franca of mezcales, micheladas, and curados.

Next to sister restaurant Hecho en Dumbo, the brand-new space is modeled on downtown Mexico City's hip neighborhood cantinas: part local watering hole, part performance space (Thursdays will feature live music), part showcase for the many moods of the agave plant. We're intrigued/borderline-scared about the cantina's signature tipples, abocados--mezcal traditionally infused with out-there flavors like juniper, lamb, and turkey. Owners Ethan Smith and Danny Mena assure us they'll be sticking to more benign spikings, however, including avocado and allspice. How do you say, "I'll ease into it with a margarita?"

Photo: Courtesy of Kimberly Sentner

Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm, Sweden

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, October 20 10:31 AM

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Ikea, meatballs, herring--of all the amazing things Sweden exports, it's the music that gets our heart beating. And Stockholm's new 391-room Scandic Grand Central serves it up five times a week with free live shows in the lobby.

Located near the train station in the city center's shopping district, the hotel occupies the fully renovated quarters of the 1885 Lundberg Palace. The modern Scandinavian decor earns pop-rock cred with song lyrics scrawled on guest room walls and portraits of local celebs (rapper Adam Tensta, Lady Gaga video director Jonas Ĺkerlund) in the lobby. Book a suite, and you'll have your own record player to jam to. Or, just blaze up Spotify on your laptop; Wi-Fi, like the certified organic breakfast, is free. Starting with ABBA's "Thank You for the Music" sounds about right.

Photo: Ĺke E:son Lindman AB

Herschel Supply Company Novel Duffel Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, October 19 12:06 PM

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We've all got baggage. But if you'd like to keep yours in hand, we'd suggest scoring the new Herschel Supply Company Novel Duffel Bag ($80 from Flight 001).

A zip pocket in the side keeps your sneakers or dirty laundry separate from the main compartment. The bag has a detachable shoulder strap and is the perfect size for a weekend away (23 x 11 x 10.5 inches). The look? Think 1950s gym rat meets urban lumberjack. Definitely a step in the right direction for carry-ons.

Photo: Courtesy of Flight 001

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami, Florida

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, October 18 01:09 PM

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It may be in the South, but Miami has always chosen hard bodies over barbecue, bottle service over bourbon shots. That's all about to change, thanks to former Top Chef-er Jeff McInnis. The Panhandle native's new Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is putting the deep-fried South into South Beach.

Within the cozy confines of the reclaimed barn-wood walls, you can throw calorie counting to the wind with sweet tea-brined ribs, skillet-fried chicken and waffles, and pimento cheese jars. Wash it all down with one of 51 bourbons, including house-made infusions such as peach or bacon. McInnis and crew are currently serving lunch and dinner, with brunch coming soon. Because nothing cures a bottle service hangover like beignets and buttermilk biscuits.

Photo: Courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Six Senses Yao Noi Film Festival, Thailand

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, October 17 11:58 AM

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Edgy movies served on the rocks? That's what's on the menu this December at luxury Thai hideaway Six Senses Yao Noi's inaugural film festival, curated by indie darling Tilda Swinton and writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the 2010 Palme d'Or.

Movies by emerging filmmakers will be screened at night among the limestone cliffs of dramatic Phang Nga Bay. And if the stars overhead aren't enough for you, Swinton and Weerasethakul will be joined by art and fashion-world luminaries such as Waris Ahluwalia, Jefferson Hack, and Olympia Le-Tan. Book one of the 56 villas with private pools, fresh from a refurb, and prepare to bask in the glow.

Film on the Rocks at Six Senses Yao Noi, December 16-20, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Basil Childers

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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