Crystal on how not to let traveling get in the way of a great night
Photography by Stephen Wayda
Sometimes it’s the nights you least expect to have fun that end up surprising you, the ones you have to recap for your friends when you get up the next day. And if you’re someone who’s constantly on the go, you might be finding your nightlife in the unlikeliest of places: an airport sports bar, a hotel restaurant, a dive in a train station.
Like the time Tiffany Selby and I headed to a charity event in the Dominican Republic. We had a crazy-long layover in Miami and decided to waste time in the airport’s TradeWinds Bar and Grill. Three mojitos in (to set the tropical mood), and we were having a blast. We were careful to keep our little airport party tame, of course…I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of people getting turned away at the gate or being cut off mid-air for suspicion of being drunk or tipsy. Clearly that’s the last thing we would’ve wanted to deal with at the start of our trip to the Caribbean, but a few waiting-to-board cocktails harmlessly hit the spot.
Speaking of great airport hangouts, a special shout-out to the Chili’s in New Jersey’s Newark airport. They stayed open a full hour after closing so my girls and I could get our hands on some much-needed beers and wings after finding out our flight was delayed FOUR hours due to the weather. Needless to say, it helped the wait and our moods considerably. Thanks, NJ Chili’s!
Another airport gem to check out if you’re traveling through Vegas is the Jose Cuervo Tequileria. My bestie Kim Phillips and I have traveled through countless cities together, but this little cantina is hands-down our favorite place to grab a pre-flight drink. Chips, salsa and a margarita (or three) did wonders for nursing our hangovers on the flight home. To quote Kim, “If I have time, I’ll get a drink at any airport or hotel bar by myself. It’s fun to people watch! And there’s always someone around to make friends with if you feel like being social.“
Have to agree with Kim on that one. There’s nothing wrong with throwing back a drink or two when traveling solo—you never know who you might meet, and it really helps to pass the time. Reminds me of a commercial I did with Hef for Stoli vodka, their motto being "Would you have a drink with you?” I know my answer.
Check back next week for my Lollapalooza coverage and another helping of nightlife news!