"[The public's response to Boombox] has been pretty interesting," bar director and co-owner Ben Potts says.
"Obviously, Boombox being in the former Bardot space, a lot of people were very interested to see what Bardot turned into... I would say the response has been very positive so far. It's a big difference from what Bardot used to be."
But opening a new bar/lounge wasn't originally part of the plan, Potts says. His partners were interested in the former Gigi space, which is now Mason Eatery, partly because of its proximity to Beaker & Gray. When inquiring about the Gigi location, they learned the neighboring Bardot space was also available. "With my background being in bars like Blackbird Ordinary, Purdy Lounge, Broken Shaker, [my partners] asked, 'Do you think you can turn the Bardot space into a successful bar again?'" Potts says. "I'm like, 'I think there's a pretty good chance. Let's give it a whirl.'"
The inspiration behind Boombox's nostalgic vibe comes from Potts' experience of growing up in the '90s. "I think we sort of got to the point where we're actually ready — the '90s weren't that long ago, but the beginning of the '90s
Boombox, open nightly until 3 a.m., offers rotating music themes throughout the week. "If you're gonna call yourself 'Boombox,' you should probably be somewhat on point," Potts jokes. He also thought Boombox needed to uphold its predecessor's reputation of presenting a strong roster of local bands and DJs: Mondays include local bands and solo acts, Tuesdays feature “House in Motion” with Patrick Walsh, Wednesdays are the Latin night "La Boom," Thursdays present A-Train throwing down old-school hip-hop and Miami freestyle, Fridays and Saturdays are open
For locals who want to blow off steam after work, the bar offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Boombox's throwback cocktail menu was designed for speed and "pays tribute to the terribly wonderful drinks from the '80s and '90s," created by bar manager Rani
"I think a lot of places in general kind of take themselves too seriously...," Potts says. "Midtown/Wynwood needed another fun bar or place where people could hang out and listen to really good music, get a good drink, and have a blast."
Boombox. 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-814-4548; boomboxmiami.com.