By Chuck Strouse
By Scott Fishman
By Terrence McCoy
By Ryan Yousefi
By Ciara LaVelle, Kat Bein, Carolina Del Busto, and Liz Tracy
By Pepe Billete
By Ryan Yousefi
By Kyle Swenson
The key is convincing the people with the money or the drink tickets that having you around is worth the expense. A lot of people do that in an inelegant fashion and as much as people say they hate it, it works. Duncan Ross, of Fashion TV and founder of Miami Beach-based Internet radio station the Womb, recalls getting his share of free drinks as a club DJ. But many people abuse the notion of their own importance. "These are people who have no shame," he gripes. "They are parasites who put club owners on the spot until they almost feel embarrassed not to give them a free drink."
"For me it's quite shocking how people are so bold," comments Rumi owner Alan Roth. "They ask for everything." Tommy Pooch is philosophical. He knows there's a certain amount of toadying to put up with from the entourage to create the illusions that lure in the big fish. "I'm here thirteen years," he says. "I'm like one big callus." Ultimately no one wants to party alone. "It's a little bit incestuous," acknowledges promoter Max Blandford. "The fabulous people are the cost of doing business."
So now you know. Get out there and be fabulous. And if that doesn't work, get a job at a local rag and write about nightlife.
A brief sampling of South Beach nightlife: To schmooze:
Astor Hotel 956 Washington Ave.
B.E.D. 929 Washington Ave.
crobar 1445 Washington Ave.
Mynt 1921 Collins Ave.
Opium Garden/Prive 136 Collins Ave.
Rumi 330 Lincoln Rd.
SkyBar @ the Shore Club 1901 Collins Ave.
Tantra 1445 Pennsylvania Ave.
Automatic Slim’s 1216 Washington Ave.
Jazid 1342 Washington Ave.
Liquor Lounge 1560 Collins Ave.
Marlin Bar 1200 Collins Ave.
Purdy Lounge 1811 Purdy Ave.
Ted’s Hideaway 124 2nd St.
Mac’s Club Deuce 222 14th St.