Into the Night
With necessity being the mother of invention and the club circuit desperate to keep the kids coming, shiny and new one-nighters are popping up everywhere. The latest slew of theme parties runs the gamut of clubland with at least one option for everybody. On Friday relive the days of polyester and platforms when retro haven Polly Esther's (841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633) hosts Thank God It's Friday, a disco-down dance-travaganza that takes you back to the days of Starsky and Hutch and pre-Pulp Fiction Travolta. Hourly shot specials like Brady Bunch punch and alcohol-injected Tang teasers can make even the trashiest disco sound good. For the boys-who-love-boys set, there's the newish night Pump at Zen (1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-2817) on Tuesday with DJ Eddie X playing nasty little dance tunes for bare-chested buff boys and all those who just want to watch. On the mainland more pleasures exist in Kendall-land, when Cafe Iguana (8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 274-8090) goes Latin on Wednesday with its Noche Hispana en Cafe Iguana. El Sol (WXDJ-FM 95.7) broadcasts live, with the best in salsa and merengue rhythms; cha-cha girls and boys hit the dance floor in full force to work up a sweat. Ladies cool off compliments of the club with free wine and champagne until midnight.
Polly Esther's, "Disco Ladies Night." Local superstar promoter Bobby Radical hosts a night where Seventies rock meets Eighties new wave, and the ladies drink free all night. DJ Charlie is at the helm. 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633.
Society Hill, "Xcess." It's college-night craziness when backpack-clad partygoers dance and trance to their heart's content to music dispensed by DJ MMC. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.
Marlin Bar, "Ulypian Thursday." DJ Snowhite quietly rocks the crowd as locals and tourists alike try to revive the art of stimulating conversation. 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 673-8770.
Rose's Bar & Music Lounge. Local singer/songwriter Jodi Horovitz comes out of hiding to lead her new band Big in some poppy alternative tunes. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.
Liquid, "Choice." Ambassador of good will Ray Rodriguez kicks off the weekend with loungelike tunes by Tricky, Portishead, Bjork, and more. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Bar 609, "Two for One." Take the high road to party culture with two rooms of musical fun; trance to high energy rhythms inside or dance under the stars to world beat grooves in the cherub garden. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.
Kitchen Club. DJ Carlos Saint Germain churns out gothic, dark-wave, and retro tunes. 11220 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 754-0777.
Bash. DJ Marc Sacheli spins the latest and greatest dance music in the main room, while international DJ Roberto Costa pumps out world beats under the stars in the back-yard Magic Garden. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-8858.
Splash, "Men Who Prefer Men." Go underground at a deep-house dance party complete with go-go boys and free drinks from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. -- a party beyond reckoning. 5922 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami, 661-9099.
Groove Jet, "The Church." This Sunday-night ritual makes its way back home to join the Groove crew once again. For everyone's musical pleasure, DJs Danny Bled, Carlos Menendez, Charles Arnold, and Fence the Fish Boy pump up gothic, British invasion, retro, industrial dance, and trip-hop tunes. 323 23rd St., Miami Beach, 532-2002.
Cafe Iguana, "Country Night." Learn the latest line dance in the 'burbs with dance lessons and country music galore, and cheap drinks to keep you in the mood. 8505 Mills Dr. (Town & Country Center), Kendall, 274-4948.
821, "Jet Set." Fasten your seat belts and blast off into another world of cocktails and mean lounge music. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-0887.
Society Hill, "The Dancehall." Get irie with a Jamaican style party so close to real that you'll think you need a passport. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.
Zeptepi, "Back-door Bamby." DJ Gigi spins a sexy blend of deep-house mood music for an evening of erotic and not particularly subtle pleasures. 1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-5221, Miami Beach, 534-5221.
Jazid. DJs Justin and Chilly throw it down for an appreciative hip-hop and acid-jazz loving crowd. 1302 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-9372.
Liquid, "Fat Black Pussycat." Seventies-minded club kids, Euro-not-so-trash, and perky little vixens collide in a happy Afrocentric mix, working the cauldron of rampaging desires. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.
Hard Rock Cafe. Local boys done good Matchbox 20 show off their pop star personas and do their Florida-style rockin' and rollin' for a crowd of appreciative fans. 401 Biscayne Blvd. (Bayside), 377-3110.
Tom's NFL, "Open-Mike Night." Bring some heart and a song -- and some courage -- to this neighborhood open mike. 5001 NW 36th St., Miami Springs, 884-8344.
The Grind, "Open-Mike Night." Nicholas the Storyteller narrates a night of poetry and music as locals open their hearts and mouths for some down-to-earth pleasures. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.
Lost Weekend. A billiards and games bar full of evil lounge music and cool pool for a restless crowd. 218 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 672-1707.
Alcazaba, "Ladies Night." The upwardly mobile and utterly sophisticated Latin crowd converges for dancing, drinks, and socializing. 50 Alhambra Plaza (Hyatt Regency), Coral Gables, 441-1234.
-- By Liz Martinez
Send information regarding special "one-nighters" to "Into the Night." Fax material to 571-7678 or call 571-7572.
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