Best Festival After-Parties
Your guide for where to sip when the lights come up.
After braving warm Bud Light at a summer music fest, reboot your palate at these nearby mixology meccas and wine bars.
SEE: The biggest names in country music in its capital city.
TASTE: A small-production biodynamic wine from Husk Nashville’s short-but-sweet list, grouped by soil type (limestone, alluvial, etc.).
SEE: A wide swath of alternative and hip-hop, including Vampire Weekend and Outkast.
TASTE: Pitorro, a Puerto Rican 92-proof, rum-like spirit, at Port Morris Distillery in the South Bronx, a short hop across the East River from the festival grounds.
SEE: Superstars like Elton John and Kanye West at this former jam band fest.
TASTE: It’s BYOB, but no glass is allowed on the campgrounds, so embrace the new wave of quality boxed wine: Black Box Shiraz or La Petite Frog Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet.
SEE: Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson and Beck perform in the woods.
TASTE: The Gypsy Lager at the nearby historic, colorful Fordham & Dominion craft brewery.
SEE: The top names in electronic music—and 300,000 new friends—raving from dusk to dawn.
TASTE: A drink as over-the-top as the festival, like the 64-ounce Scorpion cocktail at the 24-hour Fireside Lounge at Peppermill Restaurant.
SEE: More than 800 acts over 11 days at the world’s largest music festival.
TASTE: Chotard Sancerre Rosé from Balzac Wine Bar’s well-priced, ever-rotating list with something for everyone—much like Summerfest itself.
SEE: Prince, Mary J. Blige and the largest celebration of African-American culture and music in the U.S.
TASTE: The 2007 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis at Patrick’s Bar Vin (and they make a mean sazerac, too).
SEE: Soundgarden, Kraftwerk and Frank Ocean in one of the most stunning outdoor venues in the country.
TASTE: The wines of the stunning Cave B Estate Winery & Resort.
SEE: Indie-minded icons old and new, from Giorgio Moroder to Neutral Milk Hotel.
TASTE: A zippy frappato or one of Girl & The Goat’s house-blended wines, with innovative vegetable dishes from Stephanie Izard, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef (Season 4).
SEE: The ever-expanding world of American folk, with acts like Nickel Creek, Mavis Staples and Band of Horses.
TASTE: A Dark ’n’ Stormy at the White Horse Tavern, one of the country’s oldest taverns (dating to 1673), before heading to one of its oldest music fests.
SEE: Diversity: Last year featured Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Chic and Nine Inch Nails.
TASTE: Mostly local wines on the grounds themselves at the concurrent Wine Lands Festival.
SEE: A barrage of indie-hippie acts befitting the location, the site of 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival.
TASTE: Any of over 250 wines from 95 wineries in Monterey County’s seven AVAs at A Taste of Monterey, housed in an old sardine cannery overlooking the sea.
SEE: Esoteric music from around the globe, from Ethiopian funk and Chinese flautists to local punk rockers.
TASTE: Little-known Washington State wines, like the potent Wilridge Nebbiolo, at The Tasting Room, a cooperative tasting cellar.
SEE: A two-day festival with a diverse lineup of hip-hop, electronica, rock and pop.
TASTE: A Slovenian Rebula, Macedonian Vranec-Kratosija or Pelaverga Piccolo from Piedmont from the adventurous list at The Spence.