By Jacob Katel
By Laurie Charles
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
Bid your fondest farewell to Lua (409 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 534-0061), the South Beach club that has provided much of the pomp and circumstance on the beach for the last three years (that has to be some kind of record on South Beach). On Saturday, February 1, Lua celebrates its third anniversary. Unfortunately it will also be the last, at least in its current incarnation. After closing the doors on Monday, February 3, the club takes a short break and reopens as -- yet another gay club. Pay your last respects along with club owners from around town -- everyone is lending a hand to make the big bash the best party ever. Your favorite drag queens perform, and DJ Gigi, who has been spinning at Lua since it opened, takes the reins of party culture and gives them a swift tug one last time. The party is by invitation only, so wiggle your way into the good graces of someone who has one, or just call the club and beg. After the party we're sure everyone will be heading over to the Big Pink (157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 532-4700), the newish restaurant from the owners of Nemo. In addition to comfort food such as the TV dinner of the day and Philly cheese steak, the funky diner-style restaurant also offers all South Beach restaurant, nightclub, and hotel employees two-for-one drinks each and every night from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. If your occupation of choice is none of the above, you can still schmooze with your favorite doorman and/or most adored bartender. And this place must be the only one in town with root beer on tap.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge. There's a heavy surf advisory when local surf dudes Category 5 take the stage with their own brand of beach-blanket-bingo-inspired tunes. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Jazid, "Jazz It." Vocalist Carolyn Raming performs smooth tunes for an appreciative crowd. 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372.
Zen, "Bass Mint." Three rooms blast you with three different sounds. With acid jazz, hip-hop, and house rhythms, who needs to go anywhere else? 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817.
Club Tropigala, "The Magic of Music." Take a journey through time with a historic musical revue spanning the last seven decades. Available with or without dinner package tonight through Sunday. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 672-7469.
Union Bar, "Latin Night." The Latin masses join forces for some hot and heavy rock en espanol dispensed by DJ Gus. 653 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-7870.
EDGE/Theater. Start the weekend off with an evening of interactive laughs with theater group Punch 59's scripted comedy, character pieces, standup, and -- best of all -- audience participation. 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 531-6083.
Eleven/Eleven Bar, "Funk Thang." Phat and funky R&B and hip-hop tunes take center stage with the fashion-conscious crowd in a cozy and comfy indoor/outdoor lounge. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2442.
Amnesia, "Grand Central." There's fun for all at the megamonster establishment brimming with juice, sex, and artifice. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535.
Baja Beach Club, "Dance Till You Drop." The party you love is live on the air with Power 96; hot and heavy fun for the masses. 3200 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2432.
Kitchen Club. DJ Carlos Saint Germain churns out gothic, dark-wave, and retro tunes. 11220 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 754-0777.
Porcao. Make a reservation to mix and mingle -- and even eat, if you like -- in the restaurant's lounge as DJ Roberto Costa makes it hot with soul-stirring grooves. 801 S. Bayshore Dr., 373-2777.
Bermuda Bar, "Surfin' Safari." All the necessary ingredients for a beach bash are in place -- free beer from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and a late-night bikini contest. 3509 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 945-0196.
Trio Nightclub, "Deca-dance." DJ Tre pumps out retro tunes to take you back in time -- with dangerous disco driving in the side room. Cheap drinks and hearty fun. 2660 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 958-9971.
Le Mystere, "Soiree Gastronomique." You don't have to be a gypsy to enjoy the Spanish sounds of live flamenco dancing and a music show with Jesu and Myra; authentic Spanish food is also available. 1334 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-1666.
Park Central Hotel, "Songwriters in the Round." Relax and enjoy as local talents Magda Hiller, Peter Betan, Remy Palacios, and Rosella come together to belt out their best ones, or showcase your own talent in the songwriting game at an early open mike. 640 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 899-7346.
Ready Bar, "Home Cookin'." DJ Rad serves up special soul and hip-hop flavors for a laid-back-locals kind of crowd. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.