Boombox, 3456 N Miami Ave., Midtown
Although the boombox as portable soundtrack machine peaked in the late 1980s, it was a novelty in the 1990s, too. Now, as the year approaches 2019, it’s a downright antique and the name of a new bar in Midtown Miami that is taking over the space formerly known as Bardot.
Boombox is the product of the co-founders of Beaker & Gray and Mason Eatery. Expect “a cool but refined bar and lounge featuring carefully curated cocktails and music.” Boombox is opening to the public with free drinks from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
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“Boombox is where you will go for a drink, a party and everything in between,” says bar director and co-owner Ben Potts.
That all-in-one kinda place is a greatest hits of hipster design, with the requisite mural, distressed concrete walls, leather, velvet, granite and antique lighting. But wait! In keeping with the retro vibes, there will be 20 VIP tables for bottle service, and a dance floor for those who dare to put down their phones.
The cocktail menu, created by bar manager Rani Cassuol and Potts is described as “fun and fast.” On the menu: drinks like The Longest Island Iced Tea and the Lemon Drop the Mic. Food will be available from the recently revamped Mason eatery next door.
On Mondays, expect live local bands and solo acts. Tuesdays are “House in Motion” with Patrick Walsh. Thursdays features old school hip hop and Miami Freestyle with A-Train. Fridays and Saturdays are open format and Sunday is Industry Night.
Boombox turns up its bass daily with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and stays open nightly until 3 a.m.