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Beloved Wynwood Club Bardot Announces Spring 2020 Return

LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy chats with fans at Bardot during III Points 2013.
LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy chats with fans at Bardot during III Points 2013. Photo by Ian Witlen / theCameraClicks.com
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LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy chats with fans at Bardot during III Points 2013.
Photo by Ian Witlen / theCameraClicks.com
Few departed Miami spots stoke as much nostalgia as Bardot, the Wynwood bar-meets-nightclub-meets-live venue that helped make the arts district a choice after-hours destination in the early 2010s. When it closed for renovations in 2017 but was replaced by Boombox — a new concept operated by the owners of the nearby restaurant Beaker & Gray — many assumed Bardot was gone for good, another casualty of hypercompetitive Miami nightlife.

But you know what happens when you assume. Bardot announced in an Instagram post shared this past Monday that it plans to return to Wynwood on the eve of III Points' 2020 edition in May.

"The game is on," the post reads. "We plan to open one week before @iiipoints, which comes to town on May 1-2."
The post also states the club is looking for staff, including bartenders and managers.

Hotelier and restauraneur Amir Ben-Zion, who opened Bardot's initial incarnation in 2009, confirmed to New Times he is behind the club's reopening. Ben-Zion added that his son Jordan — who spins records under the moniker JBZ and was a resident DJ at Bardot's first location — will lead the club's new group of resident DJs. He also says a few of the bar's original staffers ("the Bardot girls") have reached out to him about returning.

"It's an international concept with no limitations, no gender or religion," Ben-Zion says of the club's revival. "Every night is about the music, the fashion, our community. We are a real beautiful melting pot that keeps growing."

One figure who will not be involved in Bardot's second lease on life is Club Space co-owner and III Points cofounder David Sinopoli. After fellow III Points figurehead Erica Freshman brought him into the fold in 2010, Sinopoli spent several years as the venue's music director. Under his charge, Bardot became known for booking some of the most forward-thinking indie and electronics acts of the early 2010s. The venue hosted a diverse array of artists including a pre-Elon Musk Grimes, DJ Mehdi, Erykah Badu, Junior Boys, Sophie, and Toro y Moi. Two Bardot shows — an Art Basel set by rapper Danny Brown in 2012 and a Winter Music Conference showcase for Australian electronic label Future Classic — made New Times' list of the best Miami concerts and DJ sets of the 2010s.
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Ian Witlen
Although it doesn’t have amenities like a pool table or cigarette-ash-stained carpet, downtown Miami club and Space subvenue Floyd has been regarded by some as a successor to Bardot owing to its similarly chic vibe and left-field lineups.

Reached for comment, Sinopoli says he won't be handling the new Bardot’s programming because of his focus on III Points, Club Space, and a new downtown Miami venue he and fellow Space Invaders Coloma Kaboomsky and Davide Danese are planning alongside the team behind the Broken Shaker.

"I will not be doing the music there, and I do not know what [Ben-Zion] has planned for the music," Sinopoli says. "Publicly, I wish him the best. It was a beautiful time in my [life] that helped me to [start] III Points and I’ll remember it fondly, but we are not associated with it."

Bardot will not return to its original space, which is now occupied by the Sylvester, a cocktail bar that replaced Boombox but is still owned by Beaker & Gray's Ben Potts and Brian Nasajon. The address of the club's new Wynwood location has yet to be announced.
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Douglas Markowitz is a former music and arts editorial intern for Miami New Times. Born and raised in South Florida, he studied at Sophia University in Tokyo before earning a bachelor's in communications from University of North Florida. He writes freelance about music, art, film, and other subjects.
Zach Schlein is the former arts and music editor for Miami New Times. Originally from Montville, New Jersey, he holds a BA in political science from the University of Florida and writes primarily about music, culture, and clubbing, with a healthy dose of politics whenever possible. He has been published in The Hill, Mixmag, Time Out Miami, and City Gazettes.
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