Nightlife: A Dance Until Dawn Itinerary
By Dirk DeSouza
Photography by Jennifer Robbins
There are nightclubs, and then there are megaclubs, measured not just in size, but in the talent they draw (both in tight dresses on banquettes as well as behind the DJ booth). By all measures, LIV is mega. Marqueeworthy house-music DJs such as Kaskade, Tiësto, Axwell, and David Guetta anchor Fridays and Saturdays, with a genuine desire to play the room. And what a room it is: Back in the 1950s, original designer and Art Deco architecture titan Morris Lapidus couldn’t have imagined that his world-famous, oceanfront 1,500-room property could have housed such a technologically advanced den of excess. The dual-level space has a swooping grand staircase, laser beams, computer-controlled concert lighting, and an LED-embedded rotunda ceiling that acoustically amplifies ear-tingling Funktion-One sound. Go-go dancers? Check. A LIV robot? Check. Five hundred people begging and name-dropping to get in at 3 am? Check. But perhaps the most surprising aspect of LIV is the recent introduction of live music, with hip bands such as Foster the People, and important ones, like The Overtown Music Project’s big band swing ensemble. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4680; fontainebleau.com
Marigold soft nappa belted dress, Gucci ($3,200). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-6504. Drop earrings, Mayors ($1,875.55). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-1444. Tortoise-print heel-less wedges, Giuseppe Zanotti Design ($1,025). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-0133
Strapless leopard dress, Yves Saint Laurent ($2,890). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-4424. Necklace, Damiani ($2,740). Mayors, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-1444. Vintage chain belt, Chanel ($300). Alessandra Gold Concept Store, 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-647-6000
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