While the rest of the world is fast asleep in their beds, tucked snugly under their covers, night owls everywhere else are wide awake. Some are up because due to sleeping problems while others may have to stay up late because of work. Whatever your reason is for being up and about at night, chances are there will come a time that you’re bored out of your wits with nothing to do and nowhere to go to.
Today then is your lucky day because we’ll be sharing with you ten of the best all-night spots located all across the U.S. so you know where to find the places where you can hang out, have a bite to eat, go shopping, or even get a relaxing body scrub. By sharing this bit of information with you, we hope to make your nights a little less boring and tiresome, and provide you with the perfect antidote to another sleepless night. So if you’re not exactly looking forward to another monotonous evening flipping through the hundred or so channels on TV, grab your jacket and head out to the following places.
1. NAME: APPLE STORE
LOCATION: FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK
Geeks in New York suffering from insomnia can consider the Apple Store located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 59th St. as a high-tech playground where they can while away the hours until the sun peeks out from behind the skyscrapers. If the long lines at the cash registers have been delaying your purchase of any of their latest gadgets, come on over around midnight where there are fewer people around and you can take your time in trying out that gadget you’ve been eyeing. And even during these odd hours, the store is always manned with extremely friendly staff who will be more than willing to answer any questions you might have.
Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, the place is definitely worth a visit. For starters, it’s hard to resist stepping into that big glass cube; and once you’re inside, it’s a shame not to ride the glass elevator. As expected, there is free wifi in the store, so you can surf the net to your heart’s content. This flagship store was built four years ago and has become a popular spot for city dwellers at night. If a certain gadget has been in your Christmas list since last year and you still don’t have enough cash in your pocket to spend on it, visiting the store also gives you the opportunity to try it out. Don’t be shy; the always full Genius Bar is proof that all those who can’t buy an iPad yet are milking this free service for what it’s worth.
2. NAME: FUEL CITY TACOS
LOCATION: DALLAS, TEXAS
Aside from boredom, one of the major issues for people who are up all night long is food. In the late hours of the night, not all restaurants and fast food chains are open which makes it quite difficult for some people to find a place where there’s some good grub. If you happen to live in Dallas, consider yourself lucky to have Fuel City Tacos nearby. This spot that sells tacos 24 hours a day is located right off the interstate 35E. If you’re pulling up for some gas, take the time to try some of their tacos to understand why a lot of people keep coming back. The small, humble taco stand has become popular among residents and late night eaters mainly because of the tasty treats that they serve to their customers, but also because you can always count on them to be open and ready to feed you.
Four years ago in 2006, the magazine named Texas Monthly labeled the picadillo taco from Fuel City Tacos as the best taco that you can get in Texas. If you’re an adventurous eater and are starving for a couple of tacos, don’t be afraid to get one of each kind. You can get a fajita stuffed with beef and chicken; or the picadillo which is the common order among customers. You can also try their barbacoa or the al pastor. The next time you feel like going on a late-night road trip, consider stopping by Fuel City Tacos for some comfort food to go.
3. NAME: AU PIED DE COCHON
The Au Pied de Cochon is a restaurant located within the compounds of the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta. If you’re feeling peckish in the middle of the night and don’t feel like digging into another bag of potato chips, check out the Au Pied de Cochon for a nice sit down meal. What’s good about this restaurant is that aside from serving delicious food, you can opt to dine in a private room or the outdoor terrace; there is also the Lover’s Booth if you happen to be on a late night date.
As an alternative to the common fare you have at home, try ordering the pickled tongue or the zucchini blossoms for starters. Admittedly, this restaurant is a bit on the pricey side, but if you’re not planning to eat here every night for the rest of the week, we still think the food is worth trying out. Try the duck magret in mushroom sauce (US 26 dollars), ribs (US 25 dollars), or the happy pork chop (US 21 dollars). For dessert, you can have poached pear with vanilla ice cream (US 5.50 dollars), or the classic cheesecake (US 6.50 dollars). You can also choose from the restaurant’s wide selection of beers such as the Moosehead, Griffon Extra Pale Ale, and the Tuborg. If your plan for the rest of the night is to stay away from your bed and sheets, then by all means, choose from more than seven types of coffee which one you’d like to finish your meal with.
4. NAME: L.L. BEAN FLAGSHIP STORE
LOCATION: FREEPORT, MAINE
The L.L. Bean Flagship Store opened its doors to customers over 90 years ago, back in 1917. If you find yourself making a shopping list in the middle of the night, why not drop by and get your shopping over and done with? The store started their 24 hour operations almost 60 years ago, back in 1951. Back then, they aimed to provide service and goods to hunters who were in need of supplies early in the early hours of the morning. Because hunters usually headed out even before dawn, the store decided to stay open all night long instead.
These days, you don’t have to be the outdoorsy, adventurous type to have a good reason to look around and check things out. L.L. Bean is stocked with things you need for your home such as sheets, pillows, quilts, rugs, and even furniture both for indoor and outdoor use. If you’re planning to go on a vacation pretty soon but still don’t have any luggage to put your stuff in, you can browse through their selection of backpacks, duffel bags, shoulder bags, rucksacks, and many more. Whatever sport you’re interested in, chances are L.L. Bean has the gear you need to be ready. Whether it’s camping, cycling, kayaking, fishing or skiing, you can go to the L.L. Bean on Maine St. any time of the day and get the gear you need. For the ladies, feel free to shop for clothes and shoes, even swimwear, underwear and accessories. There’s nothing like a good shopping spree to cure a bit of sleeplessness.
5. NAME: VOODOO DOUGHNUT
LOCATION: PORTLAND, OREGON
This doughnut shop which is the baby of Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon opened seven years ago back in 2003, offering sumptuous doughnuts to customers 24 hours a day. If you find yourself craving for something sweet and tasty in the middle of the night while watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, pop on over to Voodoo Doughnut to get your sugar fix. Not only are the doughnuts here a pleasure on the tastebuds, the fun and playful designs also add to their charm.
Their menu offers an array of doughtnuts in various shapes and sizes, so you can try a different one each time you visit the store. The Voodoo Doll doughnut comes in the shape of a growling doll that is filled with yummy raspberry jelly and covered in chocolate frosting. The Bacon Maple Bar, on the other hand, actually has strips of bacon placed on top. Enjoy all the colours of the rainbow as you munch on the Gay Bar; and chew on all the oreos you want on the Dirt Doughnut. The visually stimulating Cock-N-Balls doughnut doesn’t really need more words to describe it; and you can save the piece of bubble gum from from Dubble Bubble doughnut for a post meal refresher. If you’re hungry enough to take on a dare, order the Texas Challenge and eat it in one minute and twenty seconds and get your money back as a reward. The catch? This giant doughnut is equal to the size of six of their regular doughnuts. But hey, that’s US 3.95 dollars in your pocket if you conquer the challenge.
6. NAME: CAFE LAFITTE IN EXILE
LOCATION: NEW ORLEANS
When you’re tired of staring at your ceiling night after night counting sheep, a good way to spend the time is to go out and have some fun. The Cafe Lafitte in Exile located in New Orleans is an ideal place for people can chill and have some fun at any hour of the day. The Lafitte is considered to be the oldest of all the gay bars in the entire country. Through the years, it has become popular with the locals; and even today, famous people have been known to drop by for a drink or two.
Lafitte is a friendly place full of music and entertainment. Whatever your sexual orientation is, you can always count on Lafitte to be a welcome hangout spot. The main bar can be found downstairs. Here, you can enjoy a tall glass of beer or a cocktail while watching classic movies on their big screen. They’ve got popcorn too, if you want some; and every Tuesdays and Wednesdays, belt out to popular songs as you root for your favourite contestant on the live showing of American Idol.
Upstairs, you and a couple of friends can place your bets and have a go at the pool table; otherwise you can just hang out at the balcony and watch the sunrise together.
7. NAME: MR. LUCKY’S 24/7
LOCATION: LAS VEGAS
Hard core partygoers in Las Vegas will never run out of entertaining places to check out such as clubs and casinos. But even in this city of nonstop amusement, party animals still have to allot an hour or two to eat. At the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, step inside Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 for some satisfying meals between parties. Mr. Lucky’s is a friendly, well lit place where you and your date can get a booth and sit down for a hearty meal.
Here, they serve standard fares such as burgers, French toast and pizzas. One popular specialty is the BLT Burger; for US 7.77 dollars, you can also try the Steak and Shrimp special. If you order this dish, you will be served an eight ounce steak, three pieces of jumbo shrimp, a salad plus garlic flavored mashed potatoes.
If you’re in the mood for some fruit and cereal for breakfast, there are a number of varieties to choose from at Mr. Lucky’s. Those who like crunchy cereal can choose from fruit loops, cheerios, shredded wheat and many more served with either whole milk, soy milk, or even skimmed.
8. NAME: RON JON SURF SHOP
LOCATION: COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA
If you’re in Florida for vacation, chances are you’re a beach lover who loves to be in the water as early in the day as possible. Inside this castle shaped store, you can browse and shop for various gear and apparel for all your surfing needs. You can also rent a surfboard early in the morning and ride the waves to start off your day. This way, you get to have fun in the water without having to jostle with the usual crowd at the beach. If you’re looking to buy your own surf board, you can choose from the store’s selection of boards in various lengths. They also have accessories if your gear needs repairing.
If you didn’t pack enough swimwear for your trip, you don’t need to panic because you can shop for clothes and swimwear at Ron Jon any time of the day. In fact, the ladies can take advantage of the lesser crowds and lines at night so they can take their time in trying out different suits.
9. NAME: FREEBIRDS WORLD BURRITO
LOCATION: ISLA VISTA, CALIFORNIA
It has been 23 years since Freebirds World Burrito opened its doors to the public back in 1987 and since then, they have been feeding their customers, most of whom are students at the nearby University of California campus in Santa Barbara, big, delicious, juicy burritos. The serving portions here are so big that one order can be shared between two people. Obviously, the monster sized burrito is meant for those with bigger appetites; but if your stomach isn’t that big, you can always go for the small order, which they call the half bird.
What’s good about Freebirds is that you have the option of building your own burrito and choosing which toppings you like. The staff here are always warm and friendly so don’t be afraid to ask questions if it’s your first time to visit. If you’re conscious about your nutrition and want your burrito to be on the healthy side, there are lots of fresh vegetables to choose from that you can add to your order. Freebirds is also recognized for the special flavors that their burritos come in. Next time you’re hankering for a snack, you could try their spinach flavored burrito, or perhaps the spicy cayenne flavored burrito. One thing you probably haven’t tried before is the quesarito. This order consists of one burrito that is wrapped inside a quesadilla. The student friendly prices here are also another thing that will keep you coming back.
10. NAME: WILSHIRE SPA
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES
Being up in the middle of the night isn’t as easy as you think. For a person who has trouble sleeping at night, tossing and turning in your bed can be quite tiring and agitating. Before you know it, you’ve managed to drain all the energy from your body and you’re even more wide awake than before. One way to help fall asleep is to relax the body and a good way to do so is to step inside a spa. The Wilshire Spa located in Los Angeles is one place that you can go to at any time of the day, even at night. Subject your body to a full scrub and pretty soon, you’ll be dreaming and snoring for hours.
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