Laurie Charles

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    November 14, 2014

    Little Havana's Ball & Chain: "Our Goal Is to Make It Authentic"

    The neon sign for the "World Famous Ball & Chain Bar and Lounge" sits above a green-and-white striped awning, illuminating SW Eighth Street, much like it did nearly 80 years ago. "The concept of Ball & Chain was to keep it as if it had remained open throughout the years," explains Bill Fuller, who ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Ten of Miami's Oldest Bars

    You can tell a lot about a city by its bar scene. Just take a look at Miami. The Magic City may be home to some of the flashiest uhntz-uhntz powerhouses in the country, but the 305 wouldn't be the nightlife mecca of the south if it wasn't for the vision set by our thirsty founding fathers and thei ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Mac's Club Deuce's Mac Klein Turns 100: "I've Got a Wife and Business That Keep Me Young"

    "Some people turn 100, some don't," says Mac Klein, the man who's been running Mac's Club Deuce for the past 50 years. "What's the big deal?" Today, Klein will get to blow 100 candles in celebration of his birthday, but to the bar owner, it's just another day. "I'm lucky," he humbly admits. "I've ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Steam Miami: A Photo Tour of Downtown's First Interactive Nightclub

    Hot. Sticky. Sweaty. That's summer in the Magic City for you. But come 11 p.m., your nights are gonna get even hotter when Steam Miami makes its official debut with their Wish You Were Here party. See also: Steam Miami: "It's Very Interactive. We Embrace All Fetishes"

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    August 8, 2014

    Steam Miami: "It's Very Interactive. We Embrace All Fetishes"

    "As water boils and changes form, you'll come here one way and leave another." That whole transformational nightclub experience is what industry vets Russ Bruce and Anthony Moretti hope to create when they open the Magic City's first performance-driven party hall, Steam Miami on August 14. From t ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Ball & Chain Club Brings Colorful History of Gangsters and Feuds Back to Little Havana

    The year was 1935. The Great Depression was tailing off, Miami hosted the inaugural Orange Bowl, and Little Havana's Ball & Chain opened its doors. For the next two decades, the club became among the Magic City's most popular venues, a place where legends Billie Holiday and Chet Baker crooned the ni ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Miami's Five Best New Dance Clubs

    "When one club closes, another one opens." That seems to be the Golden Rule when it comes to Miami's fickle nightlife scene. Just take a look at the past 12 months. Within the last year alone, the Magic City has lost several party gems, and with it, some of our favorite weekly bashes, DJs, and han ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Adoré Nightclub: A Photo Tour of Miami's Vegas-Style Party Spot

    "Luxurious. Sexy. Intimate." That's how Crossfade described Adoré when we interviewed owner and nightlife impresario, Cy Waits back in December. Now that we've experienced the club firsthand, we can say with certainty that Adoré is indeed everything that Waits described it to be, and more. From ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Deep Dish - Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami

    Deep Dish With Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami Saturday, March 29, 2014 Deep Dish is officially back. And the Grammy-winning house duo's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week reunion at Ice Palace Film Studios proved to be nothing but sheer perfection. ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Skrillex' Good Times With Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Ten Others - Wynwood, Miami

    Good Times, Day Two With Skrillex, What So Not, Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Amtrac, Jack Beats, Annie Mac, and others. Wynwood Thursday, March 27, 2014 When Skrillex chatted with Crossfade earlier this week about his two-day Good Times Miami block party, the Grammy award winning DJ said he "want ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Late-Night Eats

    Though New York's nickname is "the city that never sleeps," Miami gives it a run for the money. Sure, we take catnaps -- but when we rest, it's usually on the beach doing double duty as a tanning session. At night we play. And that means serious bouts with the munchies some time after midnight. Sure ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Bros of Calle Ocho Talk Miami Girls and Pick-Up Lines

    Sure, the mamis of Calle Ocho may be the highlight of America's largest pachanga, but the bros are just as enticing. And unlike the ladies who come out to the street bash just to shake their ass to some reggaeton, show off their pierced belly button, and eat arepas, most of the guys at the fest are ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    50 Things You Only See at Calle Ocho

    Calle Ocho. The only time of the year when all of Miami's papi chulos y chongas interesting characters (two million, to be exact) gather en masse along a 19-block stretch in the heart of Little Havana. Sure, every year's fest brings about its own surprises, but there are some things we can always e ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Valentine's Day: Six Worst First Dates

    First dates in Miami ... They can be the first encounter you have with Mr. or Mrs. Right (Now), the greatest romantic rendezvous you've had in a while till he asks you to spot him for dinner or she proclaims her unacquainted love for you, or, more than likely, one of the most agonizing experiences ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Van Dyke Cafe Closes: Ten Classic Moments from Miami's Favorite Jazz Club

    The intoxicating blend of the percussion, the smooth brass sound of the trombone, the deep rhythm of the bass, and the bluesy, jazzy tunes of the harmonica resonated from the corner of 846 Lincoln Road. It was the closing party for the Van Dyke Café and crowds of locals and tourists alike swarmed ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Five Bros You Meet at Beer Pong

    Before we could afford to drink Lion Stout from Sri Lanka and craft beers at the Democratic Republic of Beer, we, like most college kids, would spend our Saturday nights talking shit and playing beer pong till we got piss drunk. And from the looks of this past weekend, not much has changed. Red sol ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Lube Sour and Five Other Drinks for Drag Queens

    Don't be a drag, just be a queen ... Or a male bartender dressed up as Miss Magnolia Thunderpussy, Ivanna Shaker, Roxy Rodriguez, and the rest of the fierce bitches at Blackbird Ordinary's Speed Drag. Male bartenders from the Broken Shaker, Haven, Setai Hotel, and other local watering holes unleash ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    NYE-Gone-Wild Stories From Miami

    Oh, New Year's Eve ... A time for reminiscing about the victories and failures of the past year, celebrating the fresh arrival of a new one, and, if you're anything like the party animals at the Vagabond, getting piss drunk. It was the last Friday of 2013 and the downtown club was throwing a Sith ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Eight Things Miami Hates About Art Basel

    It was Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and Uncle Luke was set to host last week's edition of Peachfuzz at The Garret, one of many Basel-themed bashes that went down this weekend. And even though it was the reason for bringing Luke to one of Miami's best hipster clubs (and many other world-class arti ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    '80s Prom: Ten Best Dressed, From Miami Vice to Madonna

    As the disco ball spun and twinkled across the main ballroom to Modern English's "I Melt With You," dudes in blowouts, couples in puffy pink prom dresses and white suits, and Jon Bon Jovi doppelgangers got Footloose and partied like it was 1987. An arc of red, white, and yellow balloons and Madonna ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    The Vixens You Meet at a Twerk Concert

    Flashing blue, purple, and white spotlights lit up the dark room. Bass-heavy beats from Rick Ross, Ace Hood, and Beyoncé blasted from the speakers. And an army of vixens in camo tank tops, ripped leggings, and sneaker wedges invaded Story Nightclub on Saturday with their weapons of mass twerk. We ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Ten Ratchet Halloween Costumes You See in Miami

    Say what you wanna say, but the truth is that Halloween is an excuse for ladies (and even dudes) to unleash their inner ratchet - just take a look at all the seductive nurse and S&M costumes up for grabs. And if you're like some of the party animals at the Vagabond's Joker Asylum on Friday, you ce ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Shy Girls & Strippers: The People You Meet at Miami Bachelorette Parties

    Bachelorette parties are more than strippers, penis cakes, and free tequila shots for the bridal party. They're one last hurrah for the bride-to-be and an excuse for the rest of us single ladies to get blasted in hopes of meeting Mr. Right Now. And every bachelorette party, much like the one that C ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    The Vagabond Miami: Five Classic Memories From the Fifth Anniversary Party

    A canopy of black and white balloons welcomed ladies in headbands and coral and purple tribal-printed dresses, and men in blue plaid button-downs and straw fedora hats as they made their way through the doors of the Vagabond Miami. Celebrating its fifth birthday, the 30 NE 14th Street watering hole ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Mac's Club Deuce Owner Turns 99! His Top 9 Moments From Miami's Best Dive Bar

    Bottles of Patrón, Stoli, Cîroc, and Hennessey line the floor-to-ceiling shelves of Mac Klein's closet-sized office in the back of the sticky floor and smoky room of Mac's Club Deuce. Somewhere in between a wooden desk and a stack of books, newspaper clippings, and portraits of a handsome 20-some ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Six Best College Football Drinking Games, According to University of Miami Fans

    A sea of University of Miami football fans and alumni dressed in white, orange, and green, (and one lone Florida Gator fan who possibly cried at the end of the game) flooded Titanic Brewery and cheered on the Hurricanes as they chomped the Gators with a 21-16 victory. Rivalry aside, much like the ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Six Reasons Wynwood Is Better Than South Beach

    Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" was blasting from the outside speakers of Shots Miami as ladies in black shorts, sandals, and colorful low-high skirts wearing straw wajiro bonnets and afros, and guys in denim jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers rockin' Mexican sombreros and Santa Clause hats crowded the ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Ten Best Band Tees at Churchill's T-Shirt Swap Meet

    The frizz-haired Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra rummaged through piles of T-shirts lined up against one of the pool tables at Churchill's Pub. "This one right here," the local legend said of a black and white cotton top he wore during a show, "is one of the most famous shirts in Florida that made the ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Five Ways to Get Drunk at Art Walk

    Come the second Saturday of every month, European tourists with Nikons hanging around their necks, local hipsters, art aficionados, booze seekers scouting free drinks, and just about everyone else flocks to Wynwood for Art Walk. And while the true purpose of this monthly event is allowing gallerie ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Five Bad Bitches You'll Meet at Jello Wrestling in Miami

    Athletic rugby jocks, mid-aged men wearing cowboy hats, and ladies dressed in patriotic red, white, and blue costumes crowded a rectangular inflatable kiddie pool filled with bright red Jello by the back stage of Churchill's Pub. Before the ladies of the Fort Miami Women's Rugby League made their ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Hottest Miami Heat Players, According to the Ladies

    There's something inexplicably sexy about sweaty men, especially the men of the Miami Heat. Just look at the way they run across the basketball court at the AAA with perspiration slowly dripping down their chiseled biceps, how aggressively they fight for the ball, and how smoothly they score. Mayb ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Seven Reasons the San Antonio Spurs Suck, According to Miami Heat Fans

    Alright, so the Miami may have lost to the San Antonio last night. But there's still no denying that LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh, Birdman, Miller, and all the über-talented ballers that make up el Heat are better than Parker, Duncan, Ginóbili, and the rest of those goofs from the Spurs. And if there's o ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Wood Tavern's Outdoor Patio Closed Again?

    It's Friday evening in Miami. Prime time for happy hour. You go to your favorite bar in Wynwood for a few cold ones outside and are turned away. That happened about a half hour ago to Miami New Times' club listings editor Laurie Charles who, upon walking into Wood Tavern, found out that the patio w ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    '90s Homecoming: Ten Best Outfits, From Wayne's World To Blossom Hats

    Say what you wanna say, but the '90s rocked! Hip-hop was at its prime, koosh balls were all the craze, and grunge was the way to go. Although we're waaay past the era of the Fresh Prince, Tamagotchi's, and Game Boys, that didn't stop us from partying like it was the 1990s. Nineties babies dressed ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Miami Heat: Six Types of Ride-or-Die 305 Fans

    Miami, we may argue about a lot of things. But if there is one thing we can all agree on, it's that the White Hot Heat are gonna win! LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh, and crew have a way of uniting all sorts of people. Even the ones who can't afford a courtside ticket to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Fina ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Six Signs You're at a Full Moon Party

    Myth has it that when the moon is full, people let go of their inhibitions and go wild. Truth or fiction, people totally let loose at LMNT's monthly downtown full moon party. "We need to come together as a community and bring body and soul together," said Tracie Samara, hostess and co-founder of th ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Six Worst Miami Pick-Up Lines, According to the Ladies

    Listen up, fellas ... Pick-up lines rarely work. Most of the time, they are lame, cliché, and straight-up ridiculous. That also means it takes a lot of courage (or several brewskies) to go up to an attractive lady at a bar and ask her if "it hurt when ya fell from heaven." And no, just because she ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Six Best Moves to Win a Miami Bar Fight!

    Bar fights: The result of way too much liquid courage combined with high levels of testosterone. Or, in some cases, cattiness. They usually happen near the end of the night when someone either gives you the "stank eye" or hits on your man (or woman) right in front of you. Regardless of the reason, ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Girl Flashes Boobs for Uncle Luke, Naughty by Nature, and Brew at the Zoo!

    Big-booty girls backing that ass up onstage with Uncle Luke and bros wearing shorts, screen T's, and neon orange, green, and yellow sunglasses while dancing to Naughty by Nature were the kind of animals that filled the grounds of Zoo Miami for Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo. Luke, Naughty, and P ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Tootsie's Girls and a Sexy 88-Year-Old Buzzard Talk Streaking at Brew at the Zoo

    Bearded brewski lovers, former college frat boys, tatted ex-military men, girls walking around in red Tootsie's t-shirts promoting the strip club, and an 88-year old man cruising around on a walker ... Welcome to Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo. Over the weekend, the booze fest attracted an unlike ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Carlos Ponce and Badass Bikers Talk Cinco de Mayo, Tequila Shots, and Donkey Shows

    The background noise of small talk from athletes finishing the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run was interrupted by the roaring sound of motors as a group of about 15 bikers swarmed El Vato into Mary Brickell Village. The guys of the Cartel Baggers and Peterson's Harley-Davidson were blasting David Guet ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Taylor Swift's Red Tour in Miami: Booty Shorts, Mimes, and Screaming Fans

    Taylor Swift With Ed Sheeran American Airlines Arena, Miami Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Better Than: One Direction's Harry Styles caught wearing a shiny gold thong while ironing his tighty whities. Taylor Swift may get trashed for writing songs about almost every single one of her ex-boyfriends. Bu ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Taylor Swift Superfans Talk Celebrity Exes, Taylor Haters, Throwing Punches for T-Swift

    When Taylor Swift fanatics heard the news that Tay-Tay was coming to the Magic City ... OMG, they screamed uncontrollably. Then they immediately started planning out their concert outfits. Some decided to show support by wearing Taylor's Red Tour t-shirts. Others decided to get a bit more creative ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    The Mamis of Calle Ocho 2013 Talk Bros, Ratchets, and Pitbull

    Calle Ocho is America's largest Latin block party, where people from all over the world gather along 27 blocks to celebrate Hispanic heritage with music, food, and entertainment. Although Willy Chirino, DJ Laz, and Elvis Crespo were the ones putting on a show, the main source of entertainment was t ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Calle Ocho 2013: Blow-Up Dolls, Harlem Shakes, and DJ Laz Says: "Lil Wayne Can Suck My Dick"

    Miami is filled with interesting characters, to say the least. There's that guy who rides around on a motorized bicycle, that man who practically spends all day riding the Metrorail jammin' on his violin, that dude who walks around Hialeah carrying a banjo and wearing a Stetson hat -- the list goes ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    The Hoxton's Grand Opening Party: Booze, Cat Shell, and a Visit from the Mayor

    The Hoxton has been the biggest buzz to hit Brickell since last year's St. Patty's Day block party, ironically enough on the same day and spot where the Lucky Clover celebrated its grand opening. See also: -The Hoxton: Replicating New England in Miami -Three New British-Inspired Spots to Open in Br ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Coral Way Brings the Flavors of the World to Miami, Part Three

    See also Coral Way Brings the Flavors of the World to Miami, Part 1 and Coral Way Brings the Flavors of the World to Miami, Part 2. You don't have to go far from the Uruguayan Zuperpollo to reach the neighboring Bistro 1401, about two blocks west, for an Argentinean culinary experience. You can si ... More >>