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The grand entrance and Collins Avenue address might intimidate you during the day, but step into the Raleigh Hotel during the wee hours of the night and you’ll find a saccharine-sweet staff and the best croque-monsieur this side of the Seine. And guess what? You don’t even have to drop a couple hundred bucks on one of the über-luxe hotel rooms. This Thursday night your excuse for entry is the return of The Alma Lounge, a supersexy cocktail mixer hosted by poetess Deborah Magdalena and DJ The Brass King. Don’t fret — this fete isn’t all about canned sound. Live music reigns supreme.

Each Thursday the Raleigh’s lounge area morphs into a Nuyorican Poets Café with a touch of Club Tropicana style and a splash of the Cotton Club. Singers, musicians, and poets will take you on a journey through vintage Latin jazz, all for the economical price of gratis. Yeah, valet will set you back 20 bucks, but you’ll be rewarded with a free cocktail. Clearly, The Alma Lounge gets it, and if you drop by 1775 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach beginning at 8 p.m., you’ll get it too.
Thu., Sept. 18; Saturdays, 2008


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