It's nice to finally see Wynwood waking up in the nightlife department. With a plethora of commercial space available for rent, we can't understand why businesses don't see the area's potential as a nightlife/entertainment district. Imagine having gallery walk not once a month but every night of the week, and then going to your favorite watering hole for late-night debauchery. True, the recession has put a snag on any commercial development in the near future, but we can dream, can't we?
Still, last night's opening of Bardot seemed monumental. The only other true bars in Wynwood are Electric Pickle and Midtown Sports Bar. And while the name may sound elitist and pretentious, Bardot is actually pretty darn welcoming to everybody.
"If Pawn Shop and Love Hate had a baby, this would be it," chirped one patron. We could see why she would think that, but Pawn Shop had a strict velvet rope and Love Hate seems inauthentic in its quest to be cool. This place is neither of those things. People were only held at the door when the place reached capacity (which happened around midnight). And the bar doesn't try to be cool, it just sort of is.
Club-kid-turned-fashion-designer Richie Rich made an appearance, sans
Pamela Anderson, who was back in LA to be with her kids. The surprise
of the night came when Rich performed his song "Celebutante,"
which probably isn't going to win a Grammy. Still, our escorts kept
quoting the line "I like bubbles" all night long so it was somewhat infectious.
Later, Rich gave away a getaway to LA to hang out him and Pam to a
luckily patron. Catch? It was a lapdance competition. Despite one
contestant ending up completely naked, the audience seemed impatient, just wanting to drink and dance.
We ended up leaving around 12:30 to Rokbar, which debuted a new stage
setup, but our sources said the party went on until 3 a.m. -- not too
bad for a Thursday night.
Bardot is at N Miami Avenue & NW 34th Terrace, entrance is around the back. For more information, visit bardotmiami.com.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.