Best of Miami 2011: Best One-Nighter

In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 16, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.

Best of Miami 2011: Best One-Nighter
Photo by Daniel De Las Casas

Best One-Nighter
The Overthrow's Basel Castle
The Castle
41 NW 20th St.
Miami 33137

The Overthrow is a creative collective made up of party terrorists. It is a favorite among the city's glamorously debauched, and with good reason. No other local crew blends the fallen upper crust with the fabulously down-at-the-heels in settings that go beyond the usual ho-hum club décor, playing exciting underground soundtracks. To wit: Basel Castle, one of the best late-night parties during this past edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. It was one of the few public opportunities to employ the bizarre building where the Overthrow makes its headquarters; it's a castle-shaped structure in Wynwood complete with faux drawbridge doors and gargoyles. Inside was a twisted artist's carnival. While one room of the club sold macabre prints and limited-edition T-shirts, the drunk and disorderly could amuse themselves with a mini-midway of artist-designed games (alas, no carnies). Up-and-coming hip-hop/club crossover acts such as Rye Rye and Theophilus London worked up the crowd between cabinet-rattling dubstep DJ sets while dirt-cheap booze kept the party lubed till the wee hours. High- and lowbrow never met so sweetly in the middle.

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