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Love Hate Lounge on South Beach Closes, Public House to Take Its Place

Love Hate Lounge has called 423 Washington Avenue home since Miami Ink stars Chris Nuñez and Ami James opened the pin-up and skull tattoo themed bar in 2007.

The lounge kept its badass biker charm intact, but became more music oriented in 2012 when the guys turned the keys over to DJ Self Born, the man behind the weekly hip-hop bash, Classic Sundays.

And after almost six years on SoBe, Love Hate has called it quits.

In its place will be Public House, the "vintage, Western-style saloon meets modern-day 2013 Miami Beach" lounge from the guys behind Foxhole, set to open the first week of October.

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"It's very vintage with a classic, earthy feel...with a lot of wood and stones," explains Foxhole's Jaycen Cochran, one of the masterminds behind Public House.

"There will be TVs, a small game room with classic games like pinball, billiards, darts, stuff like that. There will also be a jukebox and an occasional DJ."

Although Love Hate is no more, Self Born's ever-growing Sunday night hip-hop party lives on at Room Service.

"Sunday was the day that was packed at Love Hate," admits Self Born.

"Everybody that was coming to Love Hate is now coming to Room Service. There's more space and bottle service and food available for those who want it. [It] answers all the problems of Love Hate."

And for those who want an escape from the smoky (and some of the best) dive bars that dot SoBe, Public House will solve that problem.

"[It's] going to be a neighborhood-style saloon venue delivering classic cocktails, looks, and feel," Cochran adds.

With decently priced cocktails and beer, no indoor smoking, and working hours from 5 p.m. til 5 a.m., we're pretty sure Public House will fit in the neighborhood just fine.

Public House. Opening the first week of October. 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Visit

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