By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
By Jose D. Duran
By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
Raver madness arrives this Friday as Megacult, the German group known for its unique dance events (traveling raves across Europe, airborne raves in chartered jets, last year's tribal gathering in the Mohave desert), launches Transatlantic Move II, a progressive rave in two segments, one in the tropical paradise of the Bahamas, the other in the tropical paradise that some people believe is South Beach. Unlike most parties, half the fun of this one will be simply getting there -- or floating there. The Ocean Breeze will carry revelers across the deep blue sea from Miami to Freeport at noon on Friday. The usual cruise-ship gambling and gamboling will have a musical accompaniment of house, techno, hip-hop, and other brands of moving mood music. Ravers from near and far will then be ushered to the Buccaneer Beach Club for the Bermuda Triangle Move, which will groove all night long. The Move crew then returns the party animals to the ship for more on-board fun -- or sleep -- and sets sail for the next port of call: Nassau. Party at the port or shop till you drop Saturday afternoon and deep into the night before weighing anchor on Sunday for a leisurely cruise back to Miami, arriving at the port around 7:00 p.m. That should give you just enough time to rush home, take a power nap, and get ready for the final event at Miami Beach mega club Salvation (1771 West Ave., 673-6508). The party there starts early (9:00 p.m.) and promises more dreamy music and trance-dancing to your throbbing heart's content. The whole package is yours for a mere $385. Admission to the Bermuda Triangle Move alone is $35; the party at Salvation costs $25. For many more details call 312-432-0414.
Chili Pepper, "Bite the Pepper." Funky grooves and acid jazz tunes dispensed all night long, making friction and fuss along the way. 621 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 531-9661.
Bar None, "Funkadelica." A psychedelic party where you have to put on your best bellbottoms and your largest 'fro to get funked. 411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 672-9252.
Bermuda Bar, "Salsa Sensation." A ladies night ride where you can cha-cha to your heart's content; with DJ Alex Gutierrez at the wheel. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.
Squeeze, "The First Ever In-Progress Arts Festival." Paints and brushes are handed out as DJ Danny Bled and the Livid Kittens provide musical inspiration while aspiring artists express themselves. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.
Lulu's Restaurant, "Bambi and the Boys." Get ready for some hot and heavy cabaret fun as the beautiful Bambi sings the classics backed by her bodacious-bodied boys. 1053 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-6147.
Bar 609, "Disco Night." Take the high road to party culture with DJ George Milan spinning retro tunes inside, or dance under the stars to Latin grooves on the back-yard patio. Early open bar and no cover till midnight. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.
Yuca. Albita and her band perform every Friday and Saturday, for a mix of latin music, smooth jazz, and boleros. 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822.
Cameo Theatre. Get into the groove with a jammin' blend of reggae, R&B, and house music pumped out by DJ Waggy Tee. Tight and heavy sounds for the masses. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.
Twist. The bar for boys, always brimming with excess and overindulgence, hosted by dance master DJ Charlie Mercado. 1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-9478.
Union Bar. Take it to another level with DJ Laz-A-Looney spinning the best for your mind, and body, with drink specials all night to keep you rocking and rolling. 653 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-7870.
Churchill's Hideaway, "Reggae Night." Get irie as Miami's own Jah Roots Band takes charge of that island beat. 5501 NE Second Ave., 757-1807.
821, "Top-Secret Lounge." Andrew Price Summers hosts and DJ Shannon spins at a nasty little night, always a crowd pleaser for the local trade and featuring the Top-Secret Show, a weekly variety extravaganza of lounge singers and polyester galore. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-0887.
Bash, "Retro Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul, featuring French DJ Christian Hernant. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274.
Liquid, "Fat Black Pussycat." Seventies-minded club kids, Euro-not-so-trash, and perky little vixens collide in a happy Afrocentric mix, working the cauldron of rampaging desires. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Caffe Torino, "Drag Night." Dinner goes hand in hand with singing and dancing drag queens, with DJ Bugie dispensing hot tunes after the show. Hosted by the legendary Kitty Meow. 1437 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5722.
Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.
Swirl, "Alcatraz." There's no escape from the clutches of DJ Chaz and his trip-hop and groove tunes. 1049 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2060.
Manhattan's, "Reggae Avenue." A password is the key to hear imported reggae jams and jungle beats from England. 120 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-764-0544.