Miami Nightlife's Five Biggest Failures
Photo by Alex Markow
Despite playing host to one of the most vibrant and financially successful club markets in the world, Miami has had more than its fair share of nightlife misfires. In the cutthroat world of capitalist enterprise, one’s product needs to not only be better than the rest, but downright spectacular.
In Miami, this is doubly the case.
Nobody ever said it was easy to run a nightclub, but no one ever said it should be done this abysmally either. The following are the most embarrassing, regrettable, or just plain sad nightlife failures in recent Miami memory.
If there’s anything all these dearly departed clubs had in common, it was ambition. After all, in order to make it in the ruthless world of Miami hedonism, one needs to have nothing short of unrelenting determination to navigate what is an astoundingly treacherous landscape.
4. Parkwest Nightclub/Stereo
It only took a month for Parkwest nightclub to hit its first speed bump when the joint got busted for not having the proper permits. Owned by Space’s Louis Puig, Parkwest (or Stereo, as the venue was also briefly called) sat adjacent to Space like a malnourished conjoined twin in what is now a vacant lot behind the venue. In a 2009 New Times article about Parkwest’s death, we wrote: “At first it seemed like it wanted to compete with the Studio A and Pawn Shop set, but when that didn't work out it changed more to
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