The Center for Subtropical Affairs (CSTA) and Palm House have launched "Siesta Club," a summer event series featuring specialty cocktails and natural wines, light bites, a monthly rotation of artist installations, curated programming, and a lineup of notable DJs and musicians playing tropical tunes, aiming to create a space for locals to relax and socialize.
The exclusive Siesta Club in Miami Beach opened on July 7 and will be open every Thursday through Sunday until late September for guests 21 and older.
"Siesta Club was born from the notion that Miami summers are for locals. We are a creative community for those who want to celebrate the subtropical sun from our beachside tiki home on the boardwalk at Palm House with craft cocktails, natural wine, cold pressed juices, delicious food, and some of the best musical programming the Magic City has to offer," said Casey Zap, Founder of CSTA. "We are so excited to bring the energy we're known for in Little River to the beach every Thursday through Sunday until fall solstice. No shirt, no shoes, no problem."
Casey has drawn significant attention to the community through CSTA's Little River location, which functions as a plant nursery during the day and a bar at night. Casey will continue to manage Siesta Club while pursuing his interests in entertainment and plants through his new Miami Beach venture.
The beachside bar will feature natural wines by Grape Crush, and a cocktail program created by Bar Lab (best known for Broken Shaker) serving signature drinks like Saturn Beach (Cold-Pressed Lime, Organic Agave Infused with Fresh Citrus Shaken with Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, Velvet Falernum and Vodka), Cool as a Cucumber (Cold-Pressed Cucumber, Thai Basil Reduction, Elder Flower Liqueur, Cit Palm House's Chef Carlo will prepare grilled mahi sliders with avocado and mango salsa, churrasco picanha pinchos with jalapeno vinaigrette, and grilled shrimp tostones. On Thursdays, Wolf of Tacos will provide "The Traditional Taqueria Experience" with dishes such as Caldo de Camaron, Tostada de Nopal, Tortita de Brocolo, and unlimited tacos to order.
Siesta Club will present a rotating series of artist installations each month. Natasha Tomchin will present 'Dichroic Dreamscapes,' inspired by the shapes and shadows of local flora, beginning in July. These surreal monstera and palm trees, based on actual leaf patterns and made of dichroic film, acrylic, and metal, will hang from the tiki's ceiling, casting prismatic-colored shadows that differ from the light they reflect. By night, dichroic spotlights activate the sculptures, creating an entirely new light show.
A Dale Zine book cart full of beach reads, zines, and swag will be onsite, as will CSTA, who will bring some small plants and shirts to sell. Every Saturday, Little River Flea will host 'Siesta Flea,' a sustainable vintage and maker's market featuring the best of Miami's vendors. Guests can shop small and local, discovering vintage clothing, art, books, collectibles, and handcrafted items. In addition, every Sunday at noon, Siesta Club will host a power vinyasa flow session in the tiki hut with Raquel B, designed to energize and uplift participants for the week ahead.
DJs are scheduled to play every weekend from across genres like jazz, vinyls, disco and electronic dance. The series will kick off with weekly resident Terrestrial Funk with DJ Brother Dan, and a special live performance by Seafoam Walls. Below is a sample of the programming:
The full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Palm House, located at 5101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, is a private events venue. The property is set on the sand and features covered and uncovered space and direct beach access. It is centrally located yet comfortably secluded. CSTA will landscape the area with foliage décor.
"We're excited to open our doors to host Siesta Club this summer. Our location has been Mid Beach's best kept secret spot, as it is tucked away between palm trees and sea grapes and has always been reserved for private events," said Melissa Meruelo, founder of Palm House. "CSTA's thoughtfully curated programming in our venue makes a great way for locals to enjoy late afternoons on the beach."
Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance online. Parking onsite costs $15. Attendees will be given a code to enter through the boardwalk or the underground garage at Seacoast Suites.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Photography by: Courtesy Siesta Club