To live in Miami is to witness some of the city's favorite bars, clubs, and music venues disappear into thin air — sometimes without warning. As options for live music diminish year by year, brave souls are up for the challenge of filling those voids. But before opening in a former space of one of the fallen, they might want to consider the history of these casualties. From bars to clubs, here are five venues the Magic City lost in 2018.
Bardot. Miami's home base for underground music was well known for presenting acts way before they were on most people's radar. The chic venue offered local and national performers across genres and will forever go down as one of the
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Heart. Miami is the place where people come to do crazy things, including record-setting marathon DJ sets. In its day, Heart had a knack for hosting them, including Joseph Capriati's 25-hour performance that made Mix Mag's list of longest DJ sets. The mandatory after-hours spot opened in Miami's 24-hour entertainment district in 2015 in the former Nocturnal space but suddenly shuttered this past March. Dubbed one of the best defunct music venues in town by New Times, Heart ultimately closed due to its ongoing battles with the City of Miami and noise complaints from neighbors.
King of Diamonds. Running into celebs such as Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber was a regular occurrence at the world-famous strip club and hip-hop music venue affectionately known as KOD. Stars, like many Miamians, loved hanging out there into the wee hours; in fact, New Times dubbed King of Diamonds one of the best after-hour spots in town. But, as New Times reported last month, "it was sued for foreclosure in August 2017, and now, according to court documents... the club was ordered evicted November 1." Although the famed venue is gone, its spirit will live on through the multitude of raps songs that shout out to KOD.
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Sidebar. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes is one of Miami's newest clubs, Kindred, dubbed "Sidebar 2.0" by New Times. When nightlife impresarios Jason Odio and Raul Sanchez opened Sidebar in 2014, the Brickell venue was supposed to be only an "eight-month pop-up bar," according to Odio. The underrated music venue said goodbye in September but shortly thereafter relaunched during Miami Art Week as Kindred, boasting an impressive music lineup. According to Odio, Sidebar kept drawing crowds, and its programming and bookings became difficult to manage. Now that the founders have signed a longer lease, Odio and Sanchez opened an "elevated concept across the board," Odio told New Times. Here's to Sidebar's spirit living on through Kindred.
Ora Nightclub. The über-exclusive 10,000-square-foot club lasted less than a year and a half before closing in April. Ora's colorful, two-room sanctuary consisted of the main dance floor and the laid-back upstairs Anti Social Room. This was where people came to