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By Jon Warech | November 17, 2016 | Food & Drink
Miami's first 24/7 showclub turns it up to E11even at its alfresco rooftop lounge with a new look and eclectic programming.
The hardwood plank deck is shielded by a state-of-the-art retractable roof, allowing the party to go on, rain or shine.
At a showclub open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, where on any given night you could find Drake performing, Miley Cyrus partying, Skrillex spinning, or Jenny McCarthy perched beneath a high-flying burlesque act or surrounded by a gaggle of scantily clad waitresses, it’s understandable that you might need a break and a little fresh air.
The new Rooftop at E11EVEN—the club’s 7,200-square-foot restaurant and roof deck overlooking Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, a short elevator ride away from the main event below—provides just that.
“E11EVEN demands to be expanded—people want it to be bigger,” says owner and CEO Dennis DeGori. “The Rooftop gives people that extra dimension and allows us to add new elements.”
Replacing the white-tablecloth restaurant that previously occupied the roof is a lounge with a band-shell stage presenting everything from top DJs to jazz bands. There’s a hardwood plank deck with sofa seating, fire-pit tables, and, most important, a new million-dollar state-of-the-art retractable roof, allowing every night to become a rooftop party night. And you just might find Derek Jeter, Jennifer Lopez, or the cast of Entourage up there as well.
“Now that we can control the weather, it opens the door to theme nights, private parties, and endless forms of entertainment,” says DeGori. “This is casual and fun. Even though it’s in a beautiful environment, there’s no formality.”
The tapas-style menu, prepared in an open kitchen, includes items like Thai chicken wings, Neapolitan meatballs, baked shrimp scampi, filet mignon medallions, and Chino Latino mofongo, as well as pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts. At the bar, which now wraps through the indoor restaurant and out onto the deck, guests can sip lychee martinis, raspberry lemon drops, Bellinis, or an array of specialty cocktails.
The Rooftop (with a separate elevator entrance) can serve as both an escape from the action downstairs and a party in its own right. And with a 16-foot flashing LED screen one night and a Sunday gospel brunch the next day, it is exactly what E11EVEN needed.
“We’ve ingrained ourselves in the Miami culture,” DeGori says. “People tell us what they want, and this is what they want.” 29 NE 11th St., Miami, 305-829-2911
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADI ADINAYEV PHOTOGRAPHY