Into the Night

Like most things on South Beach, club openings depend on money, time, and the planets being correctly aligned. Having postponed their opening last weekend because of circumstances beyond the control of just about everybody, Zeptepi (1532 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-5221) gears up yet again to open its doors on Friday, February 21. Club owners Tim Kelly and Ian Hindmarsh from London teamed up with designer Olivier Mourau to bring a little bit of Euro-trash to Miami. Pass through the club's drawbridge entrance into paradise: The high-tech sound system pumps out ecstasy-inducing tunes from speakers nicely hidden inside giant topiaries of leaves and iron; with an abundance of ivy and cherubs, the club conjures up the Garden of Eden with -- one hopes -- just enough sin. Joining the Zeptepi family is the long-running one-nighter the Church. This night, moving from its previous location at Groove Jet, debuts on Sunday, February 23. The building, which once housed a synagogue, is the perfect place to pray to the gods of decadence and debauchery. Also this weekend, South Beach will be inundated with the fit and the fabulous as a slew of Dance for Life events takes over local clubs to benefit the Health Crisis Network and AIDS Walk Miami. Groove Jet, Warsaw Ballroom, Bermuda Bar, and Bash all play host to pre-parties, with Liquid hosting the after-walk party on Sunday, February 23. (See "Calendar," page 34, for details.)

La Covacha, "Executive Thursday." It's the happiest of happy hours when South Florida's Latin professionals converge on this Cuban roadhouse to partake of the musical inspirations of Landy Castro and his La Llave Orquesta. 10730 NW 25th St., West Dade, 594-3717.

South Beach Pub, "Open-Mike Night." Host Sean the Birdman directs local performers onto the stage to belt out their best ones. 717 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-7821.

KGB, "Bass Mint." Local promoting group NFA runs three rooms that blast you with three different sounds: acid jazz, hip-hop, and house rhythms. Why go anywhere else? 637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-3063.

Ready Bar, "Tommy Pooch Thursday." Party promoter extraordinaire Pooch helps you welcome the weekend with the best of old and new music spun by DJ Mark Leventhal. 560 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-8847.

Zanzibar, "Latin Night." Make it a Latin rock ritual, as DJ Gus dispenses cha-cha rhythms all night long. 615 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 861-0509.

Amnesia, "Discoteca." Brazilian samba and all the salsa and merengue you can stand play all night long at this mega-mall of clubs. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-5535.

Splash, "Bliss." A high-energy dance party full of debauchery, drinking, and tabletop dancing girls for the ladies who prefer ladies. 5922 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami, 661-0917.

World Resources, "Full Moon Party." Flutist George Tortorelli and friends present some world-beat trance music to celebrate the waxing orb. 719 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-9095.

Follia. DJ Juan Hernandez and his entourage invite you back for the return of the restaurant-cum-late-night Euro-club filled with models and moguls galore. 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-9299.

Doc Dammers. Bilingual singer/songwriter Pilar and her four-piece Mondowow Band delight one and all with their quirky and always entertaining brand of original tunes about love, life, and hamburgers. 180 Aragon Ave. (Colonnade Hotel), Coral Gables, 441-2600.

KGB, "Hercules." DJ Rad pumps out solid grooves of acid jazz, funk, and soul, too cool for mortal comprehension. 637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-3063.

Yuca. Say hello to Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin when local songstress Toni Bishop wafts us back to the Forties and Fifties. 501 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 532-9822.

Churchill's Hideaway, "Reggae Night." Get irie as Miami's own Jah Roots Band takes charge of that island beat. 5501 NE Second Ave., 757-1807.

Berlin Bar, "Cozy Monday." Celebrate one year of coziness as party promoter Brigitte Andrade presents a night of hot jazz and cool people, including Leesa Richards, Ruth "Silky" Waters, Allen Harris, Maryel Epps, and more. 661 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 674-9300.

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.

Society Hill, "Rock and Home." For a buck and two canned goods, hear local bands Splat and Level Nine rock it up to benefit the homeless. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.

The Grind, "Open-Mike Night." Nicholas the Storyteller narrates a night of poetry and music as locals open their mouths for some down-to-earth pleasures. 12573 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 899-9979.

Follia, "Hot Havana Night." Spend a night surrounded in Latin comforts when Luis Bofill -- from Cafe Nostalgia fame -- and his band heat up the South Beach scene. 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 674-9299.

Warsaw Ballroom, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, compete for sleaze and glory. Normally Warsaw's best night. 1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 531-4555.

-- 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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