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Club Play (1045 5th St., South Beach). How baller is Play's promo video for weekly party ForePLAY Fridays? We witness the "Hottest Hip-Hop Friday in the World," set to the jingly pulse of Migos and Drake's swaggering summer hit "Versace." A montage of custom rims, vintage Bentleys, and obligatory ass-shaking ensues, while dudes donning enough gold to resurrect the Forty-Niners guzzle countless champagne bottles under purple lights. In some ways, Club Play is like all the rest — Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown have all come through — except it's not. Unlike lots of South Beach clubs that turn their noses up in remorseless snobbery, this place shows you the goods and invites you to come Play.
Eve (1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami). Formerly known as White Room, this North Miami Avenue bunker is a longtime favorite of 20-something downtown hipsters. The older club's cabana-lined patio is still intact, and so is the steamy main room. But where White Room championed relatively unknown acts such as electroclashers Gravy Train, Eve often reps the burgeoning local underground rap scene and its riotous bum-rush-the-stage-with-my-clique kind of fans. So far, this place has toked with the likes of Cali's Pac Div, moved to Latin threesome Bound by Blood, and cranked up with Carol City's SpaceGhostPurpp and his Raider Klan as well as Miami crews Metro Zu and O'Grime. No doubt, Eve is an essential spot for Miami's homegrown scene, and like Purpp says, "Once everybody in our city come together, this shit gonna be outta control."
The Stage (170 NE 38th St., Miami). For all the name-dropping party rap dominating South Beach megaclubs, there's still bona fide MCing brewing beneath the I-95 overpass. Sometimes, hip-hoppers just wanna lean back on a couch and nod their heads to the dudes who started it all. And that's a living room atmosphere that the Stage is keen on creating. Since last year's Art Basel Miami Beach, this Design District refuge has hosted old-school lyrical legends Rakim, Murs, Wu-Tang's Raekwon, Styles P, Uncle Luke, and KRS-One. And New York heavyweight duo Mobb Deep will unleash its "Quiet Storm" at the venue next weekend. That's a lot of high-minded hip-hop for one spot, and we like it.
170 NE 38th St.
Miami, FL 33137
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District
17800 NE 5th Ave.
Miami, FL 33162
Region: Aventura/North Miami Beach
King of Diamonds (17800 NE Fifth Ave., Miami). Step into America's favorite strip club, a massive gentlemen's den where the famous (and infamous) party hard in MIA and make it rain on hundreds of lustrous, buxom babes. You know, Drake didn't say, "Call up King of Diamonds and tell Chyna it'd be worth the flight," for nothing. Hip-hop bigwigs Lil Wayne, Ace Hood, Rick Ross, and 2 Chainz drop fat stacks as dancers do ceiling-to-floor pole drops, and then those same rap bosses return to cheer on thick chicks as they coldcock each other during Monday Night Fight Night. Welcome to KOD. This is the spot. Period.