LIFESTYLE

The Mili lifestyle embraces fashion, music, travel, culinary arts, design and performance art.

In this section you will find our favorite selections and links from across the globe.



HOTELS



  • Always a worthy pit-stop before booking that ticket. For the latest in hotel design destinations  DESIGN HOTELS.COM is a remarkable resource if you're looking to get away to somewhere special, unique and new. 

  • SLH is a true top contender in hotel excellence with a more intimate setting.  We at Mili love the Small Luxury Hotels of The World group (SLH)  and also praise them for their recognition of excellence in cuisine at their select destinations.

  • Going to Asia?  Want luxury? Check out GMH HOTELS.




TRAVEL

  • Traveling to Italy or looking for a great wedding/event location we recommend Arbiter Viaggi.  It seems Italy isn't the only destination they're handling these days, we just discovered they now reach the realms of Peru, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Rajasthan and the Rocky Mountains.



  • Wow, this list of America's 100 Best Adventures from National Geographic is definitely something we're adding to our bucket list! Link: America's Best 100 Adventures



PERFORMANCE ART  


  • San Francisco Performances brings great performance artists including up and coming artists from across the globe to the San Francisco center stage.  Founded in 1979, San Francisco Performances is the Bay Area’s leading independent presenter of chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, jazz and contemporary dance.  We've followed them for years and have never been disappointed with their selections.  Want to expand your artistic horizons,  then keep up-to-date with their local happenings by checking them out at http://sfperformances.org/ .

  • Cocktails followed by multi-course dinners combined with great performances happen almost daily at Bimbo's in North Beach. This glamorous nightclub presents popular acts such as The Raconteurs, Adele, Robin Williams, Passion Pit, Chris Isaak, and Jill Scott all in an intimate setting.  Whatever your taste in music may be, check their calender weekly for updates as many great up-and-coming groups/artists make this a definite pit-stop for the San Francisco Bay area.  Note: There's a one-drink minimum per person.




ART





The Dryansky Gallery opened its doors in Fall 2014 with the desire to create a vibrant impact on San Francisco’s art scene by featuring emerging and mid-career talents from around the world. The Dryansky presents a wide array of visual artists that work across all mediums, with a selected emphasis on 21st century photography.


Located at 23 Sunnyside Avenue, Mill Valley, CA.   Always on the global pulse and for serious collectors and art aficionados this gallery is a bay area and Mill Valley gem!  Features innovative acclaimed mixed media artists with deep roots individually and collectively from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area.  
  



FOOD & CULINARY ARTS
  • Food for thought, check out Slow Food.  Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.  Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.






SAN FRANCISCO ROOFTOP BARS


  • Jones - (Tenderloin) Hidden behind a pair of blue steel gates in the heart of the Tenderloin, this spacious indoor-outdoor bar has earned a loyal following for its landscaped, heated terrace and happy hour deals: $3 beer specials and $5 wine and cocktail specials (cash only). Though “roof deck” is a bit of a stretch—taller buildings surround you on three sides—the buzzy perch affords a birds-eye view of the Tenderloin below. The crowd is young and stylish, converging from Polk Street, FiDi, Mid-Market and SoMA, and the cocktails are carefully crafted (which sometimes leads to a wait at the bar). Try the Trendy Loin: coriander-infused gin, house-made lemongrass syrup, lime and sparkling wine garnished with fresh lemongrass.

  • Dirty Habit -  (SOMA) This swanky SoMa rooftop feels downright cozy—especially when nursing a tumbler of bourbon beside the fire pit. Bar manager Brian Means, formerly of Fifth Floor and Zero Zero, is a brown spirits enthusiast, serving more than 300 rare varieties from around the world. Creative seasonal drinks are served in vintage cocktail glasses and incorporate tea, spices and fresh herbs. And though the Habit’s patrons are largely a suit-and-stiletto set—some sipping “communal” cocktails designed for sharing—the bar doesn’t take itself too seriously. The beer selection ranges from PBR to La Chouffe and beer-and-shot pairings come in tongue-in-cheek combinations like the Red-Headed Stepchild: an Heretic Red IPA and a Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac.

  • El Techo de Lolinda - (Mission) This atmospheric Mexican spot is ideal for kicking back with a paloma while admiring the skyline. The open-air rooftop is casually romantic, dotted with small tables and illuminated by string lights overhead. A glass wall circling the perimeter shields revelers from wind, but doesn't block the FiDi skyline. Big blue umbrellas get unfurled on hot days, and heat lamps are fired up at night. Opt for one of the spicy-sweet mezcal cocktails like El Joven Picante, a combination of mezcal, honey, lime and chipotle bitters, or a pitcher of the strong house margaritas, which includes Ocho Plata tequila, Fidencio mescal and Combier triple sec. 

  • Wish - (SOMA) Located on the western edge of SOMA House music reigns supreme at WISH Bar and Lounge.  A great place to chill, dance and listen to beats, this New York style lounge features the best local House music DJ’s in an intimate environment. Situated in a 1920’s concrete building once used as an iron forge, WISH has transformed this high-ceilinged 1500 square foot space into a sexy den of wood, leather, red velvet, and glowing candles.