By Jacob Katel
By Laurie Charles
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
Let the stars guide you to the grand opening of the Moonlite Caffe (410 Espanola Way, Clay Hotel, Miami Beach, 604-9060) tonight (March 6). The small restaurant/bar features international food delights at all hours of the day, plus an eclectic mix of musical inspirations, from Latin on Thursday to reggae on Saturday to jazz on Monday. All the singers, dancers, and other assorted performers will be on hand for the big grand opening fete. As the weekend rolls on, so does the party: The mega event known as the Winter Party Weekend comes to town Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9. While the actual dance fest called the Winter Party is at noon Sunday, March 9, on the Fifteenth Street beach, local clubs and bars will be sponsoring their own celebratory functions in honor of the event. Two officially sanctioned parties, though, are definitely the ones not to miss. On Saturday mammoth club Salvation hosts the Winter Party's block party with dancing and debauchery for all boys and girls; DJ Abel kicks it indoors while DJs Julian Marsh and Michael Fierman spin in the outdoor tent. Open bar from 10:00 to 11:30 p.m. On Sunday, after the actual Winter Party dies down, the party churns on at Liquid (1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154), when world-renowned DJ Junior Vasquez dispenses dance tunes until the wee hours. Call the clubs or the gay emporium GW (534-4763) for tickets.
Rockandy, "College Night." Come one, come all, and come early, because six bucks gets you all you can drink until midnight, with live music and a DJ spinning alternative and dance tunes. 909 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-492-0099.
Marlin Bar, "Ulypian Thursday." DJ Snowhite quietly rocks the crowd as locals and tourists alike try to revive the art of stimulating conversation. 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 673-8770.
Jazid, "Jazz It." Vocalist Maryel Epps and her special guests perform smooth tunes for an appreciative crowd. 1302 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372.
Squeeze, "Ladies Night." DJ Guy spins the best in progressive and alternative dance songs for everyone from yuppies and clean-cut college kids to the tattooed and pierced fetish fanatics. 2 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-2151.
EDGE/Theatre. Start the weekend off early with an evening of interactive laughs with comedic theater group Punch 59's scripted comedy, character pieces, standup, and -- best of all -- audience participation. 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 531-6083.
Bar 609, "Two for One." Take the high road to party culture with two rooms of musical fun; trance to high energy rhythms inside or dance under the stars to world beat grooves in the cherub garden. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.
Niva, "After Hours." The party starts at 4:00 a.m., as dancemaster DJ Charlie Mercado spins energetic tunes for the dancing and drinking crowd until the very, very wee hours. 643 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-0230.
Victor's Cafe, "Asi Es Mi Cuba." Keep Cuban company with fancy fun and supper-club elegance as Marietta performs her Afro-Cuban and folkloric show. 2340 SW 32nd Ave., 445-1313.
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.
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.
Bash, "Retro Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul with French DJ Christian Hernant. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Cheers, "Eight-Year Anniversary." The party starts early with free BBQ and beer at 5:00 p.m. and only gets better as local bands Peter White, the Steptwins, the Jarvis Jenkins Band, Midnight Electric, and the Woody Long Band take the stage. 941 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-6337.
La Covacha, "La Carcel." A Cuban country roadhouse packed with patrons dancing to Latin rock. The club where a good time is always the first priority. 10730 NW 25th St., West Dade, 594-3717.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "Open-Mike Night." Locals try their best before a crowd of appreciative regulars. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Sticky Fingers, "Jazz Night." Saxophonist Larry Pomilio jazzes things up with everyone's favorite smooth tunes. 3000 Florida Ave. (Mayfair), Coconut Grove, 461-3313.
Jillian's, "College Night." Drink specials, cheap chicken wings, and pool, the essentials of youth entertainment. 12070 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, 595-0070.
Alcazaba, "Ladies Night." The upwardly mobile and utterly sophisticated Latin crowd converges for dancing, drinks, and socializing. 50 Alhambra Plaza (Hyatt Regency), Coral Gables, 441-1234.
Warsaw Ballroom, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, compete for sleaze and glory. Normally Warsaw's best night. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.
-- By Liz Martinez
Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 571-7678 or call 571-7572.