Club + Bars

Velvet underground: July 3-9

A couple danced to the beat of dj Erok music in the Opium Garden at Opium night club. Photo: Pedro Portal.
A couple danced to the beat of dj Erok music in the Opium Garden at Opium night club. Photo: Pedro Portal.

Happy July 4, the day when everyone and their mother attempts to prove their pyrotechnic expertise. Enjoy it at your own risk. And while for some the party’s over as soon as the fireworks finale fades from the sky, for many, it continues the entire weekend.

Take Sunday’s Amnesia Tea Dance 10 Year Reunion. For those who weren’t born yet, who weren’t here yet or who hadn’t found a decent ID yet, Amnesia was the original club in the space that’s now Opium Garden. This Sunday’s reunion from 3-9 p.m. features DJs David Knapp and Lazaro Leon, with shows by drag divas Adora, Daisy Deadpetals and Shelly Novak, among other unintended, non-headlining drama queens. Advance tickets are being sold at Halo for $15; they’re $20 at the door at Opium. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SAVE Dade‘s efforts to fight the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment. If you’ve never experienced a tea dance, this is not your granny’s sweet Lipton.

From men without shirts to Wine, Women & Song, the new wine seminar at the Mandarin Oriental’s Azul. For $40, super sommelier Cynthia Betancourt will pair wines with tasty tidbits from the Azul kitchen. ”Women are very into wine these days, but I found the local market lacking in intimate, fun wine events,” Betancourt said. “For the Wine, Women & Song program, I wanted each class to stand alone but also to form a great survey of the basics in wine appreciation.” The first class is on Thursday, July 10, and titled How to Navigate a Restaurant’s Wine List. Following that, it’s Dessert and Wine on July 24 and How to Throw a Wine Party Like a Pro on the 31st. If you can’t make the classes, check out Azul’s Wine Fridays, offered every week at lunchtime featuring $20 bottomless pours of two reds and two whites. What the price doesn’t include is a note to your boss explaining that you’re too buzzed to return to the office.

Your boss should have no problem letting you out early for charity, however. Zo’s Summer Groove happens July 9-13, and joining Mourning this year in his fundraising efforts is Dwyane Wade. The 12th annual weekend of golf, comedy, concerts, dinner and more benefits Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation. Headlining Zo’s Summer Groove Comedy Show on July 12 at the Hard Rock Live is Chris Tucker. For more information on all the festivities, go to

In the meantime, if you’re still aimless on the 4th, consider the Independance Pool and Beach Party taking place at The Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel, presented by Space, Cameo, Park West and Ultra Music Festival and featuring superstar DJ Armin Van Buren along with a slew of other stellar DJs including Behrouz, Donald Glaude and Glenn Morrison and Boris. Party starts at 11 a.m. Friday and goes til 11 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Tickets, at $45 or $35 if you get there before 2 p.m., are available at

And finally, despite the oppressive heat, it’s all about the great outdoors, especially on Thursdays with Michael Capponi’s new weekly cocktail offering at Plunge, the expansive rooftop at the Gansevoort. The confab kicked off last week and will continue every week, weather permitting, we guess, but knowing Capponi, he’ll figure out a way to make the party happen even during a hurricane.