Miami’s Vice

Drink it up at Mac’s Club Deuce

Mac Klein knows how to run a bar, and how to treat a lady, apparently.

“I bought the place in 1964. For 40 years I’ve treated it like a beautiful woman. I’ve never touched a hair on her head,” he says, beaming with pride. Mac’s Club Deuce opened in 1926 as a restaurant/nightclub, and he has the antique menu to prove it. Back then a Cuba Libre would set you back 35 cents. Through the tinted windows of this Miami Beach mainstay, Mac has watched South Beach evolve into SoBe, yet the Deuce remains unchanged: casual and dark; aglow with comforting neon; crowded with a mishmash of funny, fascinating regulars; and, if you’re into that sort of thing, boasting an impressive array of celebrity tipplers. You never know who might wind up sitting next to you at the pink linoleum bar – a well-preserved beach bum or, recently, Kate Moss, drinking with Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville. Mac attributes the famous faces to the Miami Vice effect. The cast of the iconic Eighties show hosted their final wrap party here in 1989. Besides being one of South Beach’s historical and social landmarks, the place is the only bar that offers an eleven-hour happy hour. Drinks come two-for-one from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day. Newcomers are welcome to belly up to the venerable bar, but Mac has a note of caution for lightweights: “I always say: If you don’t know where the Club Deuce is, don’t bother to come here.” Mac’s Club Deuce is located at 222 Fourteenth St., Miami Beach. Now you know. Call 305-531-6200, or visit www.myspace.com/deucebar.
Starts: Aug. 30. Daily, 2006

 
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