Five parties, 96 hours of bumpin' and grindin', and endless bottles of bubbly...
That's how the Magic City's high-end "cabaret" and nightclub E11even Miami is celebrating its one-year anniversary.
"It's been a whirlwind," club owner Dennis DeGori admits of the party spot's first 12 months. "It's been incredible. We literally have to catch up to ourselves. We're still trying to catch our breath."
And starting tonight, DeGori and the E11even crew are gonna keep that momentum going as they kick off the club's four-day celebratory throwdown with DJ Vice.
The action will carry on through the weekend with Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg hosting Friday night's bash and Funkagenda taking over the rooftop for an afterhours party.
Closing off the weekend is Saturday's Ultra Music Festival countdown and DJ Irie's Sunday rager.
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"From day one, it's been nonstop, 24 hours, 365 days," DeGori continues. "It's been a crazy year. It's so unexpected. We've been accepted by Miami. It turns out so many people appreciate it."
Maybe it's the fact that E11even caters to a city that loves to party all night long. But for DeGori, it's all about the concept and that constant element of surprise.
"You never know what you're gonna see," the club vet claims. "You never know what's gonna happen. We've had aerialists, all sorts of choreographed events. It's a crazy venue. You never know what you're gonna see from one day to the next."
Like the guys from Entourage having a drink, Chris Bosh celebrating his birthday, Miley Cyrus jumping on stage with the go-go dancers, or Usher ringing in 2015.
"The beauty of E11even is that it's not any one thing. It's not a big name DJ, it's not an Usher. It's not one any thing. The concept is we can do anything."
The party hall has definitely made a name and rep for itself in the Magic City, but DeGori plans to expand the E11even brand across the U.S.
"I'm presently working in different cities," he explains. "I'm going to New York and Vegas. My very next one, I'm sure is gonna be in New York or Vegas," which, he adds, will likely be sometime this year.
But eventually, he hopes to take the hotspot abroad.
"We want to expand globally," he proclaims. "I have an interest in going to London. I have a very good friend in the club industry, probably one of the most famous guys in London nightlife. London, yes. Toronto, I think is great."
For right now, though, E11even Miami remains DeGori's focus and pride.
"What is E11even? I don't know. It just evolved into this great entertainment idol whenever people come here. We work it 24 hours, hard. You may come in at 10 in the morning and get the same experience you'll get at 10 at night."
"We're looking at some really novel things. We want to do a lot more shows. We wanna keep the newness and the 'Wow, did he just do that?' type of thing going."
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E11even Miami's One Year Anniversary Weekend. Thursday, February 5, to Sunday, February 8. E11even Miami, 29 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets and table reservations are available via 11miami.com/anniversary. Call 305-305-6611 or visit 11miami.com. Ages 21 and up.
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