After 21 years as South Beach's most dependable spot for a dance and a drink, Jazid has declared Monday, July 10, will be the last day of business. The bar at 1342 Washington Ave. was among South Beach's longest-running nightclubs, having opened its doors in 1996. The sale of the location has been finalized, and all that's left is to say goodbye this weekend.
Since the bar announced a few weeks ago that it would close, it has seen a bump in business. "It's been going good," Jazid co-owner Tony Alarcon says. "We're open every night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. with no cover. Everything is the same, until it's not." During this last hurrah, the club has hosted shows by old favorites, along with Friday-night sets by Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
These past few weeks have given Alarcon and Jazid regulars a chance for some last remembrances, drinks, and jams. The owner and his crew have prided themselves on providing South Beach these past two decades with live music from a multitude of genres. Jazid was originally intended to be a jazz club, but it quickly became apparent there wasn't enough demand in South Beach to offer only that genre, so they expanded to Afro-Cuban funk, reggae, and hip-hop. "The camaraderie of the employees and bands was sacred," Alarcon says. "It was a place you could play what you wanted to play without the confines of worrying what was hip. People asked, 'Is Jazid hip-hop or jazz or reggae?' I would say if you look in a dictionary, you won't find the word 'Jazid,' because its definition is always being written. But once you've been to Jazid, then you know how to describe it."
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He promises these last nights of Jazid will be fun, if a little messy. "Ride on through. It's going to be a blast. You're not going to sleep until you piss your pants and forget your name, just like the old times."