Mova Lounge Closes: South Beach and Brickell

The 305's nightlife scene is notoriously fickle.

Since last year, more clubs than ever before, specifically in Miami Beach's Lincoln Road and downtown's Brickell neighborhoods, have relocated to other parts of town or closed their doors.

Places like Score, the Van Dyke Café, and now Mova Lounge have all moved or shut down.

See also: Score Relocating to Washington Avenue, Expanding With Trade Nightclub

On June 21, one of the Magic City's best gay clubs (and New Times' Best of Miami Reader's Poll finalists) will be closing its Brickell and South Beach locations, marking the end of "sexy bartenders and hot shot boys," and parties like Foreplay Fridays and Shout! Karaoke.

"A couple of weeks ago, we were told that the property had been purchased," club owner Babak Movahedi says about the Brickell lounge.

"We didn't have any idea this was gonna happen," especially since he opened the second Mova location last summer, "but it is what it is. Things happen."

See also: Miami's Ten Best Gay Clubs

While Mova's SoBe property isn't being sold, Movahedi is taking this as an opportunity for rest and, ironically enough, for change.

"We had litigation with the owners of the South Beach property who were trying to get everybody out and rent it out for more money to a company like Nike or something," he explains. "And I don't blame them."

"We prevailed that litigation, but it was a question of whether or not it made sense to close because regardless of the litigation, my lease would expire, and knowing it expires, the question was whether I'm gonna put any money in this location, or use it for relocation."

Like any forward-thinking business man, Movahedi took the latter route.

"We've been here for seven years and I think customers are looking for a new location, somewhere more exciting," he admits. "Bars generally last three to five years, and we've lasted seven."

"I haven't had a vacation in 10 years, and I think I need some energy," Movahedi adds. "So I thought it made sense to close both [locations] at the same and open a new location on South Beach in the fall."

"I think it's time for a new look," he fesses.

For now, Movahedi will go on a well-deserved break, but don't get your panties tied up in a bunch. When he returns, he promises the new Mova Lounge "will be in South Beach and bigger and better than what we have now."

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