UPDATE: Icon Hospitality has informed us that the official closing of Mansion nightclub has been pushed back a few weeks, with a final closing date still undetermined. We will update you with more information as it's made available to us.
For the past 11 years, Mansion has been one of the giants of Miami Beach nightlife, but now it appears the nightclub's future is uncertain.
Icon Hospitality has confirmed with New Times that Mansion will close its doors next week. On Friday, September 4, Mansion is having Nicky Romero perform for what it is calling on Facebook "Mansion Closing Weekend."
"Nicky Romero takes to the Mansion Nightclub decks one last time during Mansion Closing Weekend," the event's Facebook page says.
For many, this may not come as shocking news. Icon Hospitality recently sold Cameo Nightclub five months ago, and a recent court ruling has ordered the company to pay $5 million to a clubgoer who was attacked by Cameo security on New Year's Eve.
When Mansion opened in 2004, taking over the space formerly occupied by another iconic nightclub, Level, it seemed to signal the arrival of Miami's nightlife scene on a global scale. South Beach almost immediately shifted to a bottle-service-oriented experience, and Mansion was at one point the place to be if you wanted to show off how many bottles you could buy in one night. The venue also hosted many iconic DJs and performers like Deadmau5, David Guetta, Justice, Laidback Luke, and even some off-kilter shows like a performance by a recently hospitalized Britney Spears after her very public meltdown in 2007, and a raunchy set by Peaches.
But sometimes Mansion's bottle-service clientele would clash with performers, resulting in the venue cutting sets short. It happened to both DJ Shadow and Dennis Ferrer. In February 2012, after his set was stopped, Ferrer tweeted, "Haha @mansion_miami made me get off the decks!! said I don't play commercial enough!! WTF!!!!!"
Still, with its stunning aerial dancers and ornate interior, Mansion has managed to stay afloat for much longer than most. But Miami's club scene is an evolving landscape. The recent emergence of places like Libertine and Do Not Sit on the Furniture point to a shift in tastes toward smaller, more intimate venues. It begs the question: Is the mega nightclub on its way out in Miami? Places like Space and LIV endure, so certainly not yet.
We'll keep you updated on what will become of Mansion's space as more details emerge.