Into the Night

This week, grand openings abound in clubland with two particular parties standing out. For hearty fun from a bygone era, dust off those platform shoes and disco down to South Beach for the dazzling debut of Polly Esther's (841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 535-5633) in a new SoBe location. If you ever had a Farrah Fawcett-feathered 'do, or if you preferred John Travolta in his pre-Pulp Fiction days, this is the club for you, complete with memorabilia of Miami's own Bee Gees and K.C. and the Sunshine Band (scary that some of this stuff actually came from here, isn't it?), as well as other relics like disco balls, a lit-up dance floor a la Saturday Night Fever, a giant Twister floor game, and a Brady Bunch wall full of Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! mementos. The music, spun by DJs Mr. Kotter Kessler and Jack Tripper DeMatas, pays tribute to the bands we love to hate. Abba, Gloria Gaynor, Barry Manilow, and others sing to our most forgotten desires all night long. The groovy grand opening takes place Thursday, with the VIP party starting at 9:00 p.m. Don't fret if you missed out on an invitation, though, because the doors for the rest of the Tang-drinking, clog-wearing crowd open at 11:00. So, whether you missed the age of aquarium platform shoes or want to relive the torture of hip huggers and tube tops, step into the time warp of Miami Beach's only all-Seventies nightclub. On Saturday, another top-gun opening takes place at Zanzibar (615 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-6688) with its own VVIP (very VIP) party. Eric Vatel and Larry Vickers have transformed the old Jessie's into a lush paradise -- replete with exotic forests, if you can believe it -- and are ready to cater to an upscale crowd. Inauguration day brings a special African drumming session and a DJ spinning everything from hip-hop to techno. The festivities begin at 9:00.

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.

Bar None, "Funkadelica." A psychedelic party where you have to put on your best bellbottoms and your largest 'fro to get funked. 411 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 672-9252.

Marsbar, "Retrospect." The hinterland alternative club hurls musical classics at the paint-it-black crowd, all dressed up and looking for angst. 8505 Mills Dr., Town & Country Center, Kendall, 271-6909.

821, "Crash!" The hottest, fastest, coolest party with the best mix of music and people. 821 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 534-0087.

Bar 609, "Disco Night." Take the high road to party culture with DJ George Milan spinning retro tunes inside, or dance under the stars to Latin grooves on the back-yard patio with an early open bar and no cover till midnight to boot. 609 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 673-5609.

Kitchen Club, "Ladies Night." Progressive, new wave, industrial, and Gothic music playing in two rooms, with complimentary admission for the ladies until midnight. 3701 NE Second Ave., 754-0777.

Porcao. Make a reservation to mix and mingle -- and even eat -- in the restaurant's lounge as DJ Roberto Costa makes it hot with soul-stirring grooves. 801 S. Bayshore Dr., 373-2777.

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, 661-0917.

Cameo Theatre. Get into the groove with a jammin' blend of reggae, R&B, and house music pumped out by DJ Waggy Tee. Tight and heavy sounds for the masses. 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0922.

Liquid, "X-Tra Large." Men, men, and more men -- on a night where nothing else much matters. Jack Benggio and Marvella host this men's-travaganza, and tonight, straight from NYC, special guest DJ Danny Tenaglia spins humongous grooves. 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-9154.

Bash, "Retro Night." The best in disco, swing, funk, and soul with French DJ Christian Hernant. 655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 538-2274.

Society Hill. The haven of simple pleasures, always good for a beer and a song. Tonight Manchild kicks out the jams at the home of easy delights. 627 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-9993.

Rose's Bar & Music Lounge, "The Dark Side." Dance to the underground sounds of DJ Chilly, with live music by Sixo and Ed Matus' Struggle as an added bonus. 754 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0228.

Churchill's Hideaway, "Symphony for Chango." It's organized chaos as Miami's best percussionists meet for a night of syncopated drum beats. 5501 NE Second Ave., 757-1807.

Virtua Cafe, "Reality Sucks." Drown your real-life sorrows with alternative grooves, multimedia interaction, and dollar longnecks all night. 1309 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 532-0234.

Cheers, "Comedy Night." Check out the debut of the funniest night around, with comedian Mitchell Walters making you giggle till you dribble. 941 E. Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-6337.

Swirl, "Alcatraz." There's no escape from the clutches of DJ Chaz and his crazy wicked trip-hop and groove tunes. 1049 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 534-2060.

Lost Weekend, "Man's Ruin." A billiards and games bar full of evil lounge music and cool pool for a restless crowd. 218 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, 672-1707.

Warsaw Ballroom, "Male Erotica Night." Strippers, both amateur and all-too-professional, competing 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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