ABSOLUTELY HAPPENING EVENTS CALENDAR
Visiting the other side of the US? Check out San Diego nightlife which is amongst the most vibrant in the country.
from the Beach, in downtown Miami, Club Space has held Miami's first 24-hour
liquor license. The result is a footfall-sized dance club with six individual
distinct trend in the area is for restaurant/lounges to replace the big
over-sized clubs that in the past have dominated (as noted by local pr
maven Susan Scott, who keeps tabs on all this). And one of the hippest
on the scene is 6 Degrees Restaurant, where has attracted not only late-night
revelers but also gourmets. Continental cuisine is offered in a sultry,
red-colored setting of a rare steak.
Another of the trendiest new nightclub/restaurants is Touch. Think tropical Barbarella vibes. Think kinky touches such as orange fur on the walls and white neon columns that cast a spacey grow. A ring of white neon lights the champagne bar. The sexy atmosphere prevails with faux palm trees at the bar, and a signature red velvet swing at the entrance. You will feel like touching base here.
910 Lincoln Road
Best reason to go: Try Chef Sean Brasel's Essencia-poached pears or cinnamon-smoked duck leg confit.
No place in South Beach, however, is sexier than Tantra. It's based on the ancient Tantric principles of self-awareness and spiritual realization. How do you accomplish that in a lounge, of all places? Abracadabra. Tantra pleases all the senses from the stunning décor to pulsating music and erotic art. There's earth (a grass floor in the VIP lounge), five, (candles), sky (a fiber optic lit-ceiling with a shooting star), and water (a water wall in the entrance foyer).
1445 Pennsylvania Ave.
Best reason to go: Great grub such as Stone Crab and Iranian caviar served in a unique environment. Tantra, indeed.
One of the hottest spots in South Beach is named after a 13th century Middle Eastern poet, Rumi. The décor is best described as a 70s modern feel with Zen influences. With soothing brown, red and orange earth tones, the supper club gives off a peaceful aura despite its in-vogue vibes. Poetry in motion.
330 Lincoln Road
Best reason to go: Around midnight, patrons get a first-hand view of how tables are removed and the restaurant is transformed into a nightclub.
The décor is high-tech, but flip-flops and surfer shorts outnumber Kenneth Cole getups at The Laundry Bar, often viewed as the best gay hangout for slumming anywhere on the beach.
The Laundry Bar
721 North Lincoln Lane
Best reason to go: The happy hour special two-for-one drinks usually good through 8 or 9 p.m. is a proper incentive for showing up on the scene early. Come alone, or with a friend.
At Kiss, performers eat fire. Patrons prefer $40 steaks. The original plan for topless waitresses was shelved in favor of dancers in skimpy outfits. The décor here includes red walls and checkerboard terrazzo floors. At 11 p.m., the restaurant becomes a nightclub.
301 Lincoln Road
Best reason to go: Rave reviews for the steaks. You won't find better food in South Beach.
South Beach hipsters and celebrities (the Michael's Jordan and Douglas) show up at Jimmy'z Forge (432 41st St.). Another trendy club, Rain, is a sort of hybrid lounge/urban beach club that features a platoon of cabana boys dispensing padding and towels for patrons reclining on teak day beds on wheels. A very cool setting at 323 23rd Street).
Those who prefer a neighborhood feel might opt for the Lola Bar, billed as the "neighborhood bar for the world's hottest neighborhood." A hip and artsy crowd is found at 247 23rd Street.
Before really tucking in, you might also check out B.E.D. (beverage, entertaining, dining). There are no tables at this nightclub/
restaurant where patrons decide it's cool to dine in bed. After a late night dinner sitting, the place starts to swing as a nightclub with the usual velvet rope treatment.
929 Washington Ave.
Best reason to go: The silk pajamas you can wear fashionably here may get you past the fashion police bouncers at the door. Even if they don't do the job, you are attitude adjusted.
Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge
1 Ocean Drive
Bask in the Orange Glow - Located at the Southern most tip of South Beach, Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge defines itself as the height of jet-setting sophistication. The spacey tang neon lights and orange fur walls set the atmosphere for exquisite cuisine and entertainment.
is hotter, however, than ultra-trendy South Beach. And no nightspot is
larger than Level, which introduced the big room club concept in a mammoth,
44,000-sq.-ft. space that began life in 1937 as an Art Deco palace turned