It’s no secret that celebrities like to indulge in revelry like there’s no tomorrow. Some of Hollywood’s elite have taken matters into their own hands by opening their own bars and clubs (and handed the reign over to somebody who knows a thing or two about running a business). Have you been to any on this list?
Channing Tatum – Saints & Sinners, New Orleans
An idyllic place for ‘fun dining’, not fine dining, Tatum’s restaurant and bar is a place to have a sinfully good time. The bar pays homage to the New Orleans infamous Storyville red-light district, with design elements borrowed to be made to look like the burlesque halls and bordellos of the Storyville era. When visiting, one can look forward to an extensive cocktail menu with sections dedicated to speciality drinks and Dirty Martinis.
Ralph Lauren - The Polo Bar, New York
If the eminent clothing line by the notable designer is any benchmark to go by, then one can expect top of the range quality and exorbitant prices at his F&B establishment as well. The Polo Bar serves seasonal American classics whilst also incorporating Ralph’s personal favourites that pay reverence to the complex equestrian heritage along which his brand is centred. A casual yet refined affair, the Polo Bar offers cocktails and light fare (with choices aplenty from the seemingly incessant cocktail and wine list) at the bar which is then followed by dinner in the dining room downstairs. When you arrive, keep an eye out for the waitstaff as they are decked out in a custom Ralph Lauren grey flannel trousers, leather wingtips and silk repp ties.
Bill Murray – Caddyshack, Florida
The famous 1980 American comedy film Caddyshack garnered quite the cult following over the ages, having amassed a mammoth $40 million at the box office, its accomplishments are there for all to see. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Murray and his five brothers (yes, five!) have ridden this wave of success and pooled resources to open a chain of bar and restaurants called Caddyshack. The Murray brothers spent their teenage summers as caddies at the local private country club. This backstory inspired Brian Doyle to write the script for this classic comedy movie, which eventually evolved into their dining chain with the first restaurant cropping up at St. Augustine, Florida in 2001.
Jay-Z – 40/40 CLUB, New York
An all-American sports bar and lounge, the organization opened its doors to the public in 2003. It is 12,000 square feet of unadulterated sports entertainment in a lavish locale that fuses the warmth of a New York City penthouse with the exuberance and allure of courtside seats at a top game. As Jay-Z said, “I love sports and wanted to create an environment that is conducive to match my lifestyle, while watching the games at the same time”. True to his word, the new-fangled $10 million dollar refurbishment features an area that is dominated by screens and video walls, with the option to circumnavigate the ‘scene’ by unwinding at the semi-private second-floor mezzanine bar and seating area. You could also go one step further by booking one of the five VIP lounges upstairs, with the largest (The Jay-Z lounge), holding up to 100 guests!
Pharrell Williams – Swan, Miami
The Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams makes his restaurateur debut in 2018 by opening his 250-seat restaurant and lounge. The upstairs lair labelled ‘Bar Bevy’ features a courtyard complete with tropical trees and dramatic draperies for an indoor-outdoor effect, while the dark and exotic themed wallpaper inside gives a laidback vibe akin to an oriental lounge. The Bar Bevy inside Swan opens in the evening for drinks and small bites (all while surrounded in a dark and mysterious aura), it’s the kind of place where one spends hours (whether it be before dinner, or after or all night long!). What’s more is that a variety of cocktails are sure to set your mood straight, whether it be the Dew of the Sea with cucumber or the rosemary honey sea water and lime, they are all tall and strong!