Until the invention of VIP rooms, it was impossible to tell which bar patrons had the athleticism needed to jump over a velvet rope. Practice for the social Olympics with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a rental of the Vault Lounge at Imbibe Martini Bar (a $90 value) plus a bottle of champagne.
Renters of the Vault Lounge saunter past Imbibe Martini Bar's open-to-the-public service area, through a fortified door, and into the converted 100-year-old First Federal Bank saferoom, where they can kick off the most exclusive of festivities. Pop a bottle of bubbly surrounded by classic woodwork and wine racks, toasting to both the classy confines and the newfound knowledge of how it feels to be a million bucks.
Imbibe requests that guests dress to impress—jackets or dresses aren’t required, but sweatshirts and see-through Batman costumes are discouraged. Roisterers can keep the libations flowing, whether from the manifold microbrews, the wide wine selection, or the signature set of custom-made martinis, although all larynx-lubricators come at full price.