Club + Bars

Velvet underground: Sept 5-11

Sushi Samba throws a Brazilian Independence Day celebration beginning at 8 p.m. with live music and dancing featuring famed performer Gil Santos along with dancers and Brazilian drummers. A second show is at 9:30 p.m. On the menu: specialty cocktails such as the Bandeira, a $12 mix of pinot grigio and cachaca, and specialty dishes such as a lobster and palmito salad with coco mango emulsion and cashew powder. For independence from the beach, Sushi Samba plans to open Sugarcane in Midtown Miami this winter. For reservations for the Brazilian party, call 305-673-5337.

No reservations are necessary for the third anniversary party of Clarke’s, the South of Fifth gastropub and watering hole of choice for bigwigs, boozers, ballers and stars of Burn Notice, from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday. Beer, Bushmill’s and Bailey’s shots are $3; for those looking for a liquid lunch, drinks are $3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over at Halo, a new Thursday night cocktail confab for the sappho set called Sweet Thursdays features half-price drinks from 7-9 p.m., free hors d’oeuvres and DJ Jennie Foxx spinning ’80s and ’90s tunes. No cover either.

Also hot on Thursdays for all types of people, Guilty Pleasures at Aero Bar, where art, fashion and music converge to the sounds of DJs Ross One and Artime. A similar sort of convergence — this time, of art, poetry and music — takes place at Circa 28 Friday night, when Elastic Bond and friends perform at 11 p.m. More DJ-palooza takes place poolside at The Raleigh Hotel on Saturday when Aquabooty presents Yoruba Soul, featuring Osunlade and a slew of DJs from 3-9 p.m. No cover, but take cover should it pour — the event is rain or shine.

House music fanatics have two more reasons to rejoice, when DJ Sandy Rivera takes to the Mansion turntables on Saturday for Michael Capponi‘s Energizer Bunny of a Saturday night party. And on Sunday, DJ Tom Novy rocks the decks at Set‘s supersonic Sundance Sunday party, where John Mayer recently held court in the Trophy Room with his trophy blond mystery date. Both Opium offerings are $20 and doors open at 11 p.m. Continuing on the house party theme, Skybar at The Shore Club has a new Wednesday night party called Soultech, a weekly homage to deep house, featuring DJs Andres Amadeus, Maurizio and Danyelino. The goal is to reveal “the soulful side of minimal techno.” Sounds so, uh, technical. The party starts at 10 p.m. and there’s no cover.

A week of house for some could be the aural equivalent of cabin fever, which is why we suggest a soothing Sunday afternoon at The Regent Bal Harbour, where a new jazz brunch buffet premieres from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday featuring live music by jazz diva Nicole Henry. The $67 per person (not including tax or tip) tab includes unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet. For those who like liquid brunches, that’s not a bad deal. For reservations, call 305-455-5460.

Also liquid are the bank accounts funding some seriously massive projects coming “soon” and promising to revitalize what some may say is our stale nightlife. Among those projects are several at the Fontainebleau, whose construction site we toured not so long ago. In addition to Las Vegas-based Pure, the F-bleau will be home to British-based, Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant Hakkasan, NYC-based Alfred Portale’s Gotham Steak (yes, yes, another steakhouse) and NYC-based Scott Conant’s Scarpetta. The mega-resort’s pool area is nothing to sneeze at either, with stellar ocean views and swank cabanas much like, say, Sin City’s Tao Beach at The Venetian. Speaking of Tao, the highest grossing restaurant in the country, we have it on good authority that it has indeed inked a deal with a space on South Beach and will, indeed, open eventually.

And finally, on a much smaller, yet no less stellar note, Cozy, the South of Fifth boite and piano bar across from Joe’s Stone Crab in the old Mark space, is set to open in early October. For those of us whose memories are still vivid with hazy nights at places like Chili Pepper, The Spot, Union Bar, The Strand, Velvet and Cassis, among many others, the promise of a few new places opening is an excellent remedy for wistful nostalgia, freeing our minds of the past and looking forward to an equally memorable, we hope, future.

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